Portland police stand down while alt-right groups and anti-police protesters brawl with weapons


Hundreds engaged in violent clashes between alt-right and anti-police protesters on Saturday afternoon in downtown Portland

It marked the 86th day of demonstrations in the city

Demonstrators hurled rocks, fireworks, pepper spray and other items at each other

At least one person appeared to pull a gun in an incident that is now being investigated

Shocking video appeared to show a member of the Proud Boys punch a woman viciously to the ground

Yet police did not declare a riot despite admitting that the conditions were there

They said it appeared safer not to intervene as the crowds were ‘willingly engaging’ in violence and they did not have the manpower to deal with the large numbers

By FRANCES MULRANEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and WIRES

 

PUBLISHED: 04:25 BST, 23 August 2020 | UPDATED: 07:26 BST, 23 August 2020

 

 

Portland police decided not to intervene as violent clashes erupted between alt-right and anti-police protesters Saturday afternoon in the 86th day of demonstrations in the city.

 

Demonstrators hurled rocks and other items at each other and got into fights as images showed what appeared to be hundreds of people involved, many of them wearing helmets and carrying makeshift shields.

 

The protesters at Saturday’s demonstration included the Proud Boys right-wing group and left-wing protest groups Democratic Socialists of America and Popular Mobilization, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

 

In one shocking video shared on social media, a member of the Proud Boys appears to punch a woman viciously to the ground. Some demonstrators also appeared to use pepper spray during clashes, and at least one person appeared to pull a gun.

 

Despite the mayhem, police said they did not have the capacity to intervene and declare a riot. The department claimed they decided it was safer to allow the groups ‘willingly engaging’ in short bursts of violence to continue.

 

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