A particularly fractious meeting between the right-wing group Patriot Prayer and counter-protesters in downtown Portland erupted in several scuffles, one of which left a counter-protester bloodied.
The day began with a light police presence, but after an initial scuffle when counter-protesters crossed the street from their rally site in Chapman Square, officers in riot gear lined up on the perimeter of the plaza to separate the groups.
The 2 groups began exchanging insults with each other before some physical altercations occurred. Antifa accused the pro-Trump supporters of standing with child molesters. Members of Patriot Prayer yelled back, “Justice for Kate.”
“As you know Kate Steinle was killed in San Francisco and he was set free this week, even though he was an illegal alien,” said Mark Callahan, a candidate for congress in Oregon’s 5th district.
Patriot Prayer is led by Joey Gibson and generally regarded as the area’s main collection of Trump supporters. Two brawls break out and antifa basically get their butts handed to them as they try to pick fights.
Note the guy in the blue Navy hoodie, single handedly taking on about 8 antifa agitators. Also note the police rush in to break it up after about 30 seconds, when it’s clear the Trump people are winning.
After the groups were separated, an Oregonian/OregonLive journalist saw a Patriot Prayer affiliate cross the street and strike a counter-protester, who suffered a bloody nose.
The Patriot Prayer affiliate was later taken into custody.
The Portland Police Bureau said Tusitala Toese, 21, was being held in Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of second-degree disorderly conduct, harassment, fourth-degree assault and and a warrant for a previous charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.