PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Protesters have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and Portland Police Bureau claiming officers used excessive force during a demonstration in August 2018.
The plaintiffs, Aaron Cantu, James Mattox and Tracy Molina, claim officers assaulted them during the protest, leading to injuries.
They say police shot at them with rubber bullets and aerial munitions and hit them with batons.
“Defendants chose to attack plaintiffs’ group in part because they disagreed with the political message of the anti-fascist demonstrators and sympathized with the fascists,” the lawsuit says.
The demonstration brought large crowds to downtown Portland and included opposing protesters from groups like Patriot Prayer and antifa.
The Mayor’s office and Portland Police Bureau said they can not comment on pending litigation.
At the time, KOIN 6 reported police called the demonstration a “civil disturbance” but not a riot. They confiscated various weapons that day, including fireworks, sticks, baseball bats and pepper spray. Officers also said protesters were throwing rocks and bottles.