One person was shot dead in Portland on Saturday night as tensions between pro-Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters boiled over.
The Portland protest was one of many Donald Trump‘s supporters staged across the country on Saturday, with hundreds of people congregating in Los Angeles, Georgia and beyond to celebrate their president and rally for his re-election. In Washington DC, Black Lives Matter protesters were tear gassed to push them away from the White House, while in Kenosha – where Jacob Blake was shot on Sunday – protests continued, but were largely peaceful.
In Portland – among the most turbulent of cities in the wake of the May 25 shooting of George Floyd – more than 600 cars flying Trump flags and banners set off in a convoy around and through the city, after tense scenes at their meeting point and clashes with counter-protesters.
The shooting took place on Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street – along the main throughfare which runs through the heart of Portland, past Portland State University.
Police told Oregon Live that he had died.
A man was shot and killed in Portland on Saturday night amid deadly clashes between Trump fans and BLM activists
Medics tried unsuccessfully to save the man, who was shot on the corner of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street
As the convoy of Trump vehicles entered the city center, Trump supporters sitting in the back of pick ups used pepper spray on counter-protesters. Eggs were thrown at their trucks and cars, and the Trump supporters retaliated by turning paintball guns on the crowd, reportedly firing ball bearings.
A reporter was among those shot.
Two bare-chested men were filmed punching each other as the violence spread. Riot police swarmed into the center and began making arrests.
A block away from the scene of the shooting, a black man in a face mask was pictured in an animated discussion with Joey Gibson, a Right-wing political activist and founder of Patriot Prayer.
Meanwhile, the driver of a dark-colored sedan revved his engine and then sped towards the crowd of BLM protesters before driving off, miraculously managing to not kill anyone.
One BLM supporter was filming the license plates of MAGA cars.
An angry group of Trump supporters got out of the car and confronted the BLM activist, who was knocked to the ground.
The Trump supporters then turned and walked away.
Riot police were out in force in downtown Portland on Saturday night as the expected clashes materialized
A BLM activist with an orange neck scarf is attacked by a Trump supporter, wearing a black t-shirt and grey shorts
The BLM protester is left lying on the ground following his altercation with the Trump supporters, enraged by his filming them
The Morrison Bridge was the scene of an ugly conflict as the caravan pulled into the city, and one Trump supporter drove his truck towards protesters on an off ramp. Two people brawled on the bridge, sparking a rapid response from Portland police who arrested the pair.
As night fell the caravan was cruising around town, with what organizers hoped was a show of strength to rival the Left-wing activists who have largely dominated the previous 94 nights of protest.
Trump supporters were seen driving around and spraying the crowd with what some claimed were ball bearings
Supporters of Donald Trump met in Clackamas town center on Saturday at 4pm, to drive around Portland
The convoy numbered around 600 vehicles, with Trump supporters flying flags as they cruised through Portland
Most were in trucks and cars, but some motorcyclists also came along for the ride – one with his bike decorated with Trump
The Portland, Oregon caravan was organized on Facebook, with 2,500 people intending to attend. Around 1,000 showed up
Saturday’s rally was intended to follow a route circling around Portland and avoiding the downtown area, but cars diverted
Seventy-four people are now facing federal charges related to protests that have rocked the city for three months since Floyd was killed, the local U.S. attorney announced Thursday.
The misdemeanor and felony charges include assaults on federal officers, arson and damaging federal property.
On Friday night protesters took to the condo lobby of Portland’s mayor, staging a sit-in and demanding police budget reductions and Mayor Ted Wheeler´s resignation. They left after a few hours.
Saturday’s pro-Trump demonstration was organized on Facebook, and 2,500 people said they intended to attend.
A New York Times reporter on the scene estimated that around 1,000 people showed up at Clackamas Town Center at 4pm.
‘We would like to get some fellow American patriots together for a Trump 2020 Cruise rally to support our great president,’ wrote Alex Kyzik, one of the organizers.
Attendees were encouraged to bring their guns, and conceal-carry them, in a video he posted previewing the event.
Some of those at the start, however, were openly flaunting their assault rifles.
Alex Kyzik, one of the organizers of the Portland rally, said people should not show their guns, but conceal carry was fine
Counter-protesters and Black Lives Matter supporters confronted the Trump supporters in downtown Portland
Black Lives Matter activists showed their displeasure as the convoy wove its way towards downtown Portland
Black Lives Matter activists confronted the pro-Trump demonstrators in Clackamas on Saturday
Fans of the president in their red MAGA hat held up a sign reading: ‘All Lives Matter’, taunting the BLM crowd
‘I know for the most part, everyone here is gonna be pretty civilized. We’re all gonna support the president in safe way,’ said Brandon Beck, who was attending his first Trump rally.
He told Oregon Public Broadcasting: ‘Obviously we’re all gonna be in cars, none of us are gonna be burning, looting, or anything. We’re just trying to have fun and stay safe today.’
Joe Reminar told the site that he was a veteran of Trump rallies, and Saturday’s was the fifth or sixth he had attended.
‘Today is about freedom and showing that Antifa doesn’t have the full chokehold on Portland and that we’re taxpaying citizens and we don’t want shit tore up,’ he said.
‘We’re gonna be a major parade and showing strength for our president. Which we appreciate all that he’s done, keeping the economy going, fighting China on this virus, keeping us free and saving our Second Amendment.’
A crowd of Black Lives Matter activists turned up to meet them, waving their placards and engaging in tense confrontations.
One Trump supporter ripped off his jacket, squaring up for a fight, before he was escorted away by other Trump supporters.
A Black Lives Matter activist was pepper sprayed in another melee.
The convoy set off, with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office vehicles blocking intersections around the Town Center mall to allow the parade of vehicles to pass through.
A heavy presence of Oregon state troopers was seen along Highway 224, the pro-Trump caravan’s primary route to Portland.
The caravan was intended to avoid downtown, but as night fell many of the cars strayed from the intended route and headed into the city center.
The caravan was due to disperse at 9pm.
A Black Lives Matter rally was being held across town, leading to concerns about flare-ups among the rival gangs.
In Georgia, hundreds of Trump supporters took to the waters of Lake Allatoona, 20 miles north of Marietta.
Flying flags proclaiming their support, they cruised up to Flamingo Cove – some with cardboard cutouts of the president in their boats, and others wearing masks of his face.
One woman surveying the scene told 11Alive it was ‘pretty amazing.’
‘Just the support, everybody out here with the flags and the Trump banners, just showing their support,’ she said.
More than 200 boats took to the waters of Lake Allatoona on Saturday afternoon in support of Trump
Some fans of the president had cardboard cutouts of him on their boat; others wore masks of his face
Crowds gathered on the bridge above the lake to watch the flotilla sail by on Saturday afternoon
Supporters waved flags in support of Trump and the police, and the yellow Gadsden flag used by his fans
In Los Angeles, a rally of around 200 people in Beverly Hills was declared an unlawful assembly as anti-Trump infiltrators were found among the MAGA crowd.
Scuffles ensued, and the rally was abandoned.
Black Lives Matter activists also gathered on Saturday in LA, in front of City Hall.
They then marched through downtown LA.
Black Lives Matter activists rallied in Los Angeles on Saturday in front of City Hall as Beverly Hills saw pro-Trump gatherings
The BLM activists then marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles
Trump supporters gathered in Beverly Hills, only for scuffles to break out and the rally to be abandoned
Supporters of the president have been congregating weekly at Beverly Gardens Park since late July
And outside the White House, chaotic scenes unfolded following another night of Black Lives Matter protests that saw police clash with demonstrators, striking them with rubber bullets and detonating stun grenades, as they moved to clear out crowds.
Hundreds of protesters had gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza to rally against police brutality and racial injustice.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Department were out in force as demonstrators marched to the White House chanting, ‘No cops, no KKK, no fascists’.
Shortly before midnight, tensions between protesters and law enforcement boiled over, as police officers in riot gear began charging at crowds to move them out of the area.
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Police clashed with BLM protesters in Washington, D.C. on Saturday during another night of unrest
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: A woman was arrested outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse in defiance of the city-wide curfew
Officers were seen deploying tear gas grenades and using flash bang devices to disperse crowds.
Videos shared on social media showed some protesters retaliating, with some throwing projectiles at officers or playing loud music. In one clip, one man was seen picking up a tear gas canister and hurling it back at police.
In Kenosha, protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake remained largely peaceful on Saturday night, following a day of demonstrations that saw thousands of people march to the county courthouse to denounce police brutality and racism.
Black Lives Matter activists have marched in the Wisconsin city every night since Blake’s shooting last Sunday, with some protests devolving into unrest with damage to buildings and vehicles.
Earlier in the day, crowds took to the streets chanting, ‘seven bullets, seven days’ – a reference to the number of times Blake was shot – as they marched toward the court, where speakers encouraged protesters to vote for change in November, and to push for legislation in Wisconsin that would lead to police reform.
But unlike last week’s demonstrations, most people on Saturday dispersed from the protest before the 7pm curfew.
More than an hour later, law enforcement officers, including some wearing U.S. Marshals Service identification, surrounded about a dozen people who remained outside the courthouse and made several arrests.
As night fell, National Guard troops and police officers in riot gear remained outside the fenced area surrounding several government buildings that have been at the center of the unrest over the past week.
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Law enforcement officers are seen standing guard as several people were arrested after the start of a city-wide curfew outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse on Saturday
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: About 1,000 people joined a mile-long march in Kenosha on Saturday, chanting ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice, No Peace’, a week after the police shooting of Jacob Blake
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Protesters marched with Blake’s family towards the Kenosha County Courthouse where speakers encouraged the crowd to vote for change in November, and to push for legislation in Wisconsin that would lead to police reform
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Jacob Blake Sr (pictured) gave an impassioned call for changing a system
During the rally earlier, Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr, called on protesters to refrain from looting and vandalism, which had overshadowed peaceful protests before a tense calm set in the past three nights.
‘Good people of this city understand. If we tear it up we have nothing, Blake Sr said. ‘Stop it. Show ’em for one night we don’t have to tear up nothing.’
He gave an impassioned call for changing a system he described as fostering police brutality and racial inequities.
‘There were seven bullets put in my son’s back… Hell yeah, I’m mad,’ said Blake Sr. ‘What gave [police] the right to attempted murder on my child? What gave them the right to think that my son was an animal?
‘What gave them the right to take something that was not theirs? I’m tired of this,’ he added.
Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey and two other officers were responding to a domestic dispute call last Sunday when Sheskey shot 29-year-old Blake in the back.