A Patriot Prayer supporter nearly ran people over in his confederate flag-adorned truck
A Patriot Prayer supporter nearly ran people over in his confederate flag-adorned truck DB

Far right demonstrators, left wing protesters, and law enforcement crossed state lines Sunday during a chaotic afternoon that saw a handful of arrests, and lots of skirmishes in both "Patriot Prayer" rallies in Portland and Vancouver, Washington.

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A Trump-loving Patriot Prayer supporter in a confederate flag-adorned pickup truck nearly ran over protesters in downtown Vancouver as he sped the wrong way through a red light. He was immediately pulled over and detained.

Here are my pictures and video from Sunday afternoon:

PORTLAND

The action got started shortly after noon on the waterfront. Hundreds protesters awaited the arrival of about 12-15 Patriot Prayer supporters (the rest stayed in Vancouver—a last minute move). There was a large police presence guarding the area where the right wing demonstrators were going to be.

Some associate Jeremy Christian, the white supremacist murderer, with Patriot Prayers Joey Gibson
Some associate Jeremy Christian, the white supremacist murderer, with Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson DB

Cops took sticks from protesters.
Cops took sticks from protesters. DB

Police escorted about a dozen Patriot Prayer demonstrators to the waterfront (the rest were in Vancouver)
Police escorted about a dozen Patriot Prayer demonstrators to the waterfront (the rest were in Vancouver) DB

Patriot Prayer supporters in their fenced-in area
Patriot Prayer supporters in their fenced-in area DB

Antifa at the gate
Antifa at the gate DB

Antifa pushed down one of the gates (there was yet another gate, and more cops, around the Patriot Prayer people)
Antifa pushed down one of the gates (there was yet another gate, and more cops, around the Patriot Prayer people) DB

By the seat of his pants
By the seat of his pants DB

Protesters then took to the streets
Protesters then took to the streets DB

There were some skirmishes downtown at the corner of SW Salmon and SW 3rd. There were fights and near fights between protesters and right wing demonstrators, stuff tossed at cops, tons of pepper spray, a stinger grenade, and three arrests. Here's my video (a woman punched at a guy in the arm at the 12 second mark and gets arrested, a guy gets chased by the police 30 seconds in and gets away, police pepper spray starts 1:17 in, a cop gets hit with a full water bottle a few seconds later, another cops then starts taking out a less-lethal "stinger" grenade and casually chucks it towards people at 1:57...):


9/10/17 - Patriot Prayer protest - police, antifa, arrests, grenade, pepper spray from Doug Brown on Vimeo.


Hit with silly string
Hit with silly string DB

Police arrest a woman who punched a guy in the arm
Police arrest a woman who punched a guy in the arm DB

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON

At about 2:30, I drove north for the Patriot Prayer rally at the Vancouver Landing Amphitheater. There were a few dozen Patriot Prayer supporters, about 100 law enforcement (Vancouver and Portland police, Clark County and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office), and a couple hundred protesters held back by the police.

A Vancouver cop watches over protesters from the roof of a building
A Vancouver cop watches over protesters from the roof of a building DB

Protesters also made the trip north
Protesters also made the trip north DB

Patriot Prayers Joey Gibson talks to supporters
Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson talks to supporters DB

Patriot Prayer, praying
Patriot Prayer, praying DB

Spot the green Pepe flag, a symbol of the racist Alt-Right
Spot the green "Pepe" flag, a symbol of the racist Alt-Right DB

A patriot prayer supporter dressing like a soldier
A patriot prayer supporter dressing like a soldier DB

After the formal Patriot Prayer event was over, things got crazy in downtown Vancouver as a Patriot Prayer supporter in a Confederate flag-adorned pickup truck with Oregon plates nearly hit protesters. He was stopped at a red light, with a couple cars in front of him. A few protesters tossed things things towards him and others walked towards the truck. He then peeled out incredibly fast on the wrong side of the street through the red light, narrowly missing protesters and other drivers. A police officer in an unmarked car quickly pulled him over and cuffed him. He was soon released.

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The truck that nearly killed people
The truck that nearly killed people DB

Police quickly cuffed the guy. Hes got a Confederate flag sticker on his back window
Police quickly cuffed the guy. He's got a Confederate flag sticker on his back window DB

Protesters were, rightfully, furious
Protesters were, rightfully, furious DB

The driver, with a Confederate flag/Chevrolet tattoo, was all smiles, though. He was released shortly later
The driver, with a Confederate flag/Chevrolet tattoo, was all smiles, though. He was released shortly later DB


9/10/17 - Patriot Prayer Vancouver - Pickup Truck Through Red Light from Doug Brown on Vimeo.