Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

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Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

Four people were arrested during Saturday's protests as police in Portland deployed "flash bang" devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters. Officers also seized "multiple weapons throughout the day", police said.

The Facebook page for Resist Patriot Prayer: "Violent Alt-Right Bigots Off Our Streets", the group said it is willing to use physical force if necessary against "Joey and his Alt Right goons".

Throughout our country, and for a number of years now - and primarily because the establishment media fantasizes about, promotes, enflames and approves of the violence committed against the right (naturally, HuffPo opposes the unmasking law) - Antifa has been allowed to run rampant, committing countless acts of violence against everyday, peaceful supporters of President Donald Trump.

A reporter for The Oregonian/OregonLive was bloodied when he was struck by a projectile, The Associated Press reported. When protesters refused police orders to get out of the street, officers fired rubber bullets and used flash bangs to control the crowd.

But things turned sour when protesters began throwing rocks and bottles.

And sometimes the counter-protesters give these young men the violence they seem to be looking for.

As the hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters converged, police in riot gear tried to keep the two groups apart and confiscated any weapons they saw.

Police used stun grenades to disperse demonstrators after stones and bottles were thrown at them.

FOX 12 reached out to police for more information about the injuries that were reported, but have not heard back.

Gibson told supporters they had to be united. Two previous events ended in bloody fistfights and riots.

Thousands gather for a rally by two far-right groups on August 4, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson on Saturday says his group has the American spirit and will unapologetically stand up for what the group believes in.

Organizers of a counter-protest said that while Patriot Prayer denies being a white supremacist group, it affiliates itself with known white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nazi gangs.

According to the Huffington Post, at least four counterprotesters were arrested during Saturday's rally. Patriot Prayer also has held rallies in many other cities around the U.S. West, including Berkeley, Calif., another left-leaning community. "We call on the Portland Police Bureau, Mayor [Ted] Wheeler, and Chief Outlaw to immediately end the use of weapons, munitions, and explosives against protesters".

The Portland Police Bureau set up weapons checkpoints in the main protest area near the Salmon Street fountain and SW Naito Parkway.

Self-described anti-fascists - or "antifa" - have been organizing online to confront Patriot Prayer and an affiliated group, the Proud Boys, in the streets.

Police have warned protesters to leave their guns at home even though holders of valid OR concealed-handgun licenses are permitted to carry their weapons at the park.

Saldaña suggested that an opposing event in a different part of town could be a more effective counter-protest.

Counter-protesters included representation from various labor unions, immigrant rights advocates, anti-fascists, democratic socialists and other groups, the AP reported.

Gibson (centre) and right-wing demonstrators hold a rally supporting gun rights and free speech in Portland, Oregon.

Clashes after similar protests in Portland in June sent four people including a police officer to the hospital.

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