Portland, Oregon, was the scene of some violence on Sunday when some demonstrators from opposing camps came face- to- face. One faction was a pro- Trump one and it clashed with an anti- Trump group that required law enforcement officials to take quick action to disperse the crowd and prevent any further skirmishes from taking place.
Bricks hurled at cops
Down at Chapman Square where things turned ugly after the opposing groups converged, bricks were thrown at law enforcement officers. A gas bottle was also thrown, forcing the police to respond with non- lethal chemical ammunition, as per official sources. Some of the protestors were carrying weapons and the law enforcement officials have taken to social media to post pictures of items that have been seized from them. Flash bangs and impact weapons were brought into use by the force.
Police arrest those responsible
Sources also say that 14 arrests have been made so far in the incident. Many weapons have been taken into custody by the police, among them a slingshot, knife and brass knuckles. The policemen also had to face balloons filled with a liquid that has, as yet, remained unidentified.
Racial attack related death sparks off demonstrations
The demonstrations by both groups can be traced back to the incident that occurred a week ago where two men were killed by another when they tried to stop him from continuing his anti- Muslim rant. The two victims were stabbed to death when they tried to stop the man. The city has been on the edge since the incident and it was not completely a surprise that the demonstrations ended on an unpleasant note. In fact, Mayor Ted Wheeler had tried to revoke the permit for the pro- Trump demonstrations, fully expecting that it would spark off issues. However, federal officials maintained that there was no justification to revoke the permit.
A group going by the name of Patriot Prayer called for the free speech rally near City Hall. The organizer told the people assembled that it was "OK to be a conservative in Portland". The opposing group was comprised mainly of labor groups, immigrant rights workers and religious groups who also congregated at City Hall. Despite the best efforts of the police to keep the two groups separated, clashes inevitably occurred and quickly escalated into violence, mainly because some of the protestors were carrying weapons with them.