6 arrested, released during Saturday protest in Portland
Six people were arrested during an hours-long protest with a violent finale in downtown Portland, police say.
The authorities report the arrests occurred during the dueling counter-protests between left-wing Antifa and right-wingers holding a "Him Too" rally on Saturday, Nov. 17.
All six were released after being booked at the downtown jail, according to official records. None of the protesters appeared to have pre-existing criminal records except for minor transit infractions.
"The Portland Police Bureau spent considerable time planning for today's demonstration and counter demonstration," Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement.
"We used significant resources and attempted to keep opposing groups apart, both when they were in the parks and as they traveled through downtown. Our goal was to keep all people in the community safe," she continued.
Police say they used "existing tools" to close portions of Chapman Square Park in order to "cushion" the opposing sides — an apparent reference to Mayor Ted Wheeler's failed protest ordinance.
Police admitted to lobbing "flash-bang" style grenades that are formally termed rubber ball blast grenades. Police say they observed the crowd throw sticks, glass bottles, lit road flares, bottles filled with pee and gopher gas bombs at times.
At least one independent journalist, Andy Ngo, was covered in silly string while streaming the fray online.
Officers say they continue to investigate other crimes that appeared to occur during the demonstrations, including disorderly conduct, assault, theft and reckless burning.
Here is the full list of those arrested by Portland Police:
• Ruben A. Delahuerga, 25, was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street. Delahuerga on a charge of interfering with police.
• Betsy Toll, 68, was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street on a charge of interfering with police.
• Elizabeth Laura Cheek, 33, was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street on a charge of interfering with police.
• Brittany Nicole Frost, 35, was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street on a charge of interfering with police.
• Gary Fresquez, 52, was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Madison Street on charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and two counts of interfering with police.
• Hannah R. McClintock, 19, was arrested near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Taylor Street on a charge of harassment.
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