An aggressive brawl between members of Patriot Prayer and Antifa broke out on a streetcorner next to a Northeast Portland bar after a day of heated but nonviolent May Day protests.
The confrontation was captured on video by freelance journalist Mike Bivins.
breaking: far-right protesters and Proud Boys have arrived at Cider Riot. Cider Riot has done benefits for antifa and has also been vandalized in the past. RIOOOT. huge fight! pic.twitter.com/PKeRdYCF6d— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) May 2, 2019
Portland Police's presence isn't visible as the fight unfolds — but they arrived on the scene at 7:29 p.m.
Police sent out a press release before the melee started declaring the "peaceful" events of the day concluded.
In an update, police wrote that 60 people were associated with the "disturbance." During the response, the bureau said only "priority" calls were answered citywide as officers scrambled to the scene.
"Information came in that a subject was unconscious in the area, but officers did not locate that person in the area they were reported to be and no further updates were provided," police said. "Officers contacted both groups and no one self-identified as a victim or wanted to make a police report."
The authorities continue to investigate.
Read our previous coverage of May Day here:
Portland celebrated May Day the only way it knows how — with dueling bands of police and left- and right-wing protesters facing off as demonstrations were held on both sides of the river.
The Wednesday, May 1, events kicked off with a rally and march to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Southwest Portland, where local and federal police had cordoned off access to the building.
After marching in the streets from Caruthers Park, 3508 S.W. Moody Ave., a collection of anti-fascists made their statement by deploying a faux giant baby inside a wood and chicken-wire cage in front of the police barricade.
"If people aren't doing this and showing resistance, than ICE is just going to continue," said J.C., a 16-year-old from Beaverton wearing a #DisarmPSU t-shirt. "We have to put pressure on all of our government officials."
Orders from a Portland Police Bureau sound truck to clear the intersection of Southwest Moody and Bancroft Street were mostly ignored by masked protesters organized by Occupy ICE PDX. PPB bike officers and uniformed guards from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Protective Service left the fake baby effigy untouched even after the crowd marched off.
Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson and a small gang of his followers also made an appearance, live-streaming their performance while verbally sparring with Antifa-affiliated protesters.
"What if there's 10,000 Nazis at the border," Gibson wondered, "do we just let them in?"
The conservative protesters were later spotted boarding an eastbound MAX train to Holladay Park, where labor and human rights groups set up a stage for speakers and tents for the Portland May Day Coalition. By 4:30 p.m. the crowd also numbered in the hundreds, according to accounts on Twitter, though the gathering was set to sunset at 6 p.m.
Letha Winston spoke at 9 a.m. outside City Hall about the death of her son, Patrick Kimmons, during an officer-involved shooting in late September of 2018, which was determined to be lawful because Kimmons was carrying a revolver and running toward police who responded to reports of a fight.
Portland Police did not immediately announce any arrests during May Day this year. In 2017, more than 1,000 people massed for May Day protests that swelled into fiery rioting and 25 arrests.
At the ICE rally, KatMeow García said the treatment of migrant children at the southern border reminded her of the Nazi and Japanese American concentration camps she learned about at school.
"The youth that are getting put in prison camps — it's too similar," said the 37-year-old Portlander, who identified herself as Mexican American. "We need to abolish the police and have community-driven, trauma-informed care."
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