1 arrested as protesters clash in Salem

A man used pepper spray on a trooper

KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- One person was taken into custody as demonstrators clashed at opposing Trump events in Salem on Saturday morning.

Some anarchists were reportedly pepper sprayed during the events as bicycle police separated opposing protesters.

Matthew Curtis Heagy, 31, used pepper spray on an Oregon State Trooper. He was arrested and found with an concealed firearm. Heagy is charged with felony in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

At 9 a.m., an event called "Salem Stands for Love" kicked off for anti-Trump protesters.

"Salem is our capitol, and our capitol is for everyone. Help us send a message of support to the communities adversely affected by the current administration's policies and threatened by the expansion of hate groups in America," event organizers said.

The rally started at Oregon Capitol State Park.

At 10 a.m., an event called "Oregon Make America Great Again March" kicked off. This event was organized by Trump supporters and comes after a similar rally was held in Lake Oswego at the beginning of March.

"We are marching for our president, vice president, military and first responders," event organizers said.

Oregon State Police said 200-300 people were in the crowds.


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