Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) declared a state of emergency ahead of the arrival of the Proud Boys, which has earned a reputation for politically motivated violence. State police and the county sheriff’s office dispatched to patrol highways and look out for people coming to town to “cause trouble,” Brown said.
A similar event culminated last month with the fatal shooting of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, a supporter of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, whose name has become a rallying cry for far-right activists — as has Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wis.
Black Lives Matter supporters and far-left activists gathered in a larger rally Saturday at a Portland park three miles away, where speakers condemned white supremacists and conservative politicians while many in the vast crowd donned black clothing and body armor.
Other cities nationwide held protests this weekend after a grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict three Louisville police officers on homicide charges in the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.