Sandy Backs the Blue hosts flag wave in Estacada
On a recent Tuesday evening, people lined up along Highway 224 holding flags in support of law enforcement and President Donald Trump.
On Aug. 18, pro-police group Sandy Backs the Blue hosted a flag wave in front of Estacada City Hall. The organization plans to host similar events from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday until the November election, and the gathering on Aug. 18 drew around 13 participants.
"We wanted to show some support and spread unity," said Sandy Backs the Blue co-organizer Dixie Bailey.
One participant in the event spoke on a loudspeaker and proclaimed "Trump is your president" and "Four more years."
Many people driving passed the group honked in support, while one driver yelled "F*** Trump."
Russ, a resident of Estacada who wished to only be identified by his first name, wanted to be at the event because his son is a police officer in Portland.
"I want to support my son and what he's dealing with," he said.
Another participant, who came from Welches and requested to remain anonymous, said, "I feel like there's not a lot of gay people supportig the blue, so I thought I'd come out and show that it's not just a bunch of arrogant people. There are a lot of different people supporting the police department."
Along with residents of the Estacada and Sandy areas, one person from Texas and another from California were in attendance at the event. Alan Swinney and Andrew Duncomb have also participated in several of Sandy Backs the Blue's previous flag waves on Highway 26.
Both Swinney and Duncomb have been linked to the Proud Boys, a far-right organization described as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League. Duncomb told the Estacada News that he is not a member of the Proud Boys, but had previously been associated with the group.
Previously, Sandy Backs the Blue leaders told the Pamplin Media Group that they are not associated with the Proud Boys. Additionally, they said they had not invited Duncomb or Swinney to their events, but that the two came on their own after hearing about the flag waves.
Along with the Tuesday events in Estacada, Sandy Backs the Blue also hosts flag waves from 6-8 p.m. Mondays near Mt. Hood Cigar Co. along Highway 26 in Sandy.
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