1 arrested at ‘God, Guns, Liberty’ rally in Eugene


Pride rally at same time as pro-Trump rally

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rallies with diametrically opposite viewpoints converged in Eugene Saturday and ended with one arrest in what police described as “largely peaceful” events.

One rally, a pro-Trump event titled “God, Guns and Liberty” by organizers, was held at the same time but in a different place as a Pride march.

The Pride rally was met with little resistance. But counter-protesters showed up for the God, Guns and Liberty rally.

Brandon Howard, August 10, 2019 (Lane County Sheriff’s Office)

Brandon Howard was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at that rally. The 33-year-old from Springfield allegedly was wearing a helmet, head-butted another protester and had a wrench taped to his arm.

Police said the crowd of about 300 dispersed by 3:30 p.m. and roads reopened to traffic.

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