Portland protesters now into court system


13 arrested, 11 cited, 2 booked

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Of the 13 people arrested at Saturday’s protest in downtown Portland, only 2 were booked into jail. Monday, both of them made their first court appearance to face a variety of charges.

Alexander Dial was charged with attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon and riot. Another man, initially identified only as John Doe, was identified on Monday as Damien McKinnon. He was booked on a disorderly conduct charge and also appeared Monday.

This man was detained during a protest between right-wing groups and anti-fascists in Portland, August 17, 2019 (KOIN)

Two of the other 11 arrested are minors who will go through the Juvenile Justice system. Eight of the other 9 arrested all face disorderly conduct charges. The 9th person is charged with giving false information to a peace officer.

More arrests are possible.

The overwhelming police response to the right-wing groups — largely from out of the area — and the homegrown anti-fascists worked very hard to keep the groups separate. Mayor Ted Wheeler praised their “exemplary” work to keep “extremists on both sides” largely apart.

The Portland Police Association, long a critic of Wheeler and the previous response to protests, had nothing but praise for the coordinated effort between all law enforcement agencies to keep the peace.

PPA President Daryl Turner called the plan a “blueprint for future protests.”

The state’s top federal prosecutor called the handling of the event a “definitive counterpoint” for those who on both sides who have criticized police after past protests for favoring one side or the other in a politically charged environment.

But the Proud Boys, especially protest organizer Joe Biggs and chairman Enrique Tarrio, said they will continue to come back to Portland every month “until Ted Wheeler does his job” and “deals with antifa.”

Wheeler had a direct message to Joe Biggs: “We do not want him here in my city. Period.”

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