One person was shot dead in Portland on Saturday night as tensions escalated between pro-Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter counter-protesters.
The man wore a Patriot Prayer baseball cap showing allegiance to the far right group in Vancouver, Washington, and which is often present at protests in Portland.
The Portland protest was one of many Donald Trump supporters that took place across the country on Saturday. Hundreds of people gathered in Los Angeles, Georgia and beyond to celebrate their president and to rally for his re-election. In Washington DC, Black Lives Matter protesters were gassed in tears to evict them from the White House, while in Kenosha – where Jacob Blake was shot on Sunday – protests continued but were largely peaceful.
In Portland – one of the most tumultuous cities after the May 25 shooting of George Floyd – more than 600 cars with Trump flags and banners drove through and through the city in a convoy after tense scenes at their meeting point and clashes with counter-protesters.
Filming took place on Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street – along the main street that runs through the heart of Portland, past Portland State University.
Police told Oregon Live that he had died.
Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a text message to Oregon Public Broadcasting that he was aware of the situation.
"Gather information now," he continued. & # 39; Will be transparent to the public. Ask people to keep calm and not add to this tragedy. & # 39;
A man was shot dead in fatal clashes between Trump fans and BLM activists in Portland on Saturday night
Medics tried unsuccessfully to rescue the man who was shot on the corner of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street
As the convoy of Trump vehicles drove downtown, Trump supporters sitting in the back of pickups put pepper spray on counter-protesters. Eggs were thrown at their trucks and cars, and Trump supporters retaliated by pointing paintball guns at the crowd and allegedly firing ball bearings.
A reporter was shot dead among them.
Two shirtless men were filmed beating each other as the violence spread. The riot police swarmed in and began making arrests.
A block from the shooting scene, a black man in a face mask was depicted having a lively discussion with Joey Gibson, a right-wing political activist and founder of the Patriot Prayer.
Meanwhile, the driver of a dark sedan turned his engine and then sped towards the crowd of BLM protesters before driving off. He miraculously managed not to kill anyone.
A BLM supporter filmed the license plates of MAGA cars.
An angry group of Trump supporters got out of the car and confronted the BLM activist, who was thrown to the ground.
The Trump supporters then turned and walked away.
Riot police were in effect in downtown Portland on Saturday night when the expected clashes occurred
A BLM activist wearing an orange bandana is attacked by a Trump supporter wearing a black t-shirt and gray shorts
The BLM protester remains on the ground after his argument with Trump supporters, angry that he filmed them
The Morrison Bridge was the site of an ugly conflict when the caravan drove into town and a Trump supporter drove his truck on an exit towards protesters. Two people quarreled on the bridge, sparking a quick response from Portland Police, who arrested the couple.
When night fell the caravan drove through town. The organizers hoped they could hold their own against the left activists who had largely dominated the last 94 nights of protest.
74 people are now charged with protests that have rocked the city for three months since Floyd's death, the local US attorney said on Thursday.
Misdemeanor and crime charges include attacks on federal officials, arson, and damage to federal property.
On Friday evening, protesters went to the lobby of the Portland Mayor, held a sit-in, calling for police budget cuts and Mayor Ted Wheeler's resignation. They left after a couple of hours.
Trump supporters were seen driving around spraying the crowd with ball bearings
Donald Trump's supporters met in downtown Clackamas on Saturday at 4 p.m. to drive around Portland
The convoy numbered around 600 vehicles, with Trump supporters waving flags as they cruise through Portland
Most were in trucks and cars, but a few motorcyclists came along too – one with his Trump-adorned bike
The Portland, Oregon caravan was organized on Facebook, and 2,500 people wanted to take part. Around 1,000 have emerged
Saturday's rally was supposed to follow a route circling Portland and avoiding downtown, but the cars were diverted
Saturday's pro-Trump demonstration was organized on Facebook and 2,500 people said they wanted to attend.
A New York Times reporter estimated that around 1,000 people showed up at Clackamas Town Center by 4 p.m.
"We would like to bring some American patriots together for a Trump 2020 Cruise rally to support our great president," wrote Alex Kyzik, one of the organizers.
Participants were encouraged to bring their weapons and hide them a video he posted Preview of the event.
However, some of those in the beginning openly showed their assault rifles.
“I know, for the most part, that everyone here will be pretty civilized. We will all support the president in a safe way, "said Brandon Beck, who attended his first Trump rally.
He told Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Obviously we're all going to be in cars, none of us going to burn, pillage or anything. We're just trying to have fun and stay safe today. & # 39;
Joe Reminar told the site that he was a veteran of the Trump rallies and Saturday was the fifth or sixth that he competed.
"Today is about freedom and showing that Antifa doesn't have the full stranglehold in Portland and that we tax citizens and don't want shit torn up," he said.
“We're going to be a big parade and show strength for our president. We appreciate everything he has done to keep the economy going, to fight China against this virus, to keep us free and to save our second amendment.
Alex Kyzik, one of the organizers of the Portland rally, said people shouldn't show their guns, but hiding the carry is fine
Counter-protesters and Black Lives Matter supporters confronted Trump supporters in downtown Portland
Black Lives Matter activists expressed their displeasure as the convoy made its way towards downtown Portland
Black Lives Matter activists confronted pro-Trump protesters in Clackamas on Saturday
Fans of the president in their red MAGA hats held up a sign that read "All Lives Matter" and mocked the BLM crowd
A crowd of Black Lives Matter activists came up to meet them, waved their posters, and engaged in tense confrontations.
A Trump supporter took off his jacket and prepared for a fight before being led away by other Trump supporters.
A Black Lives Matter activist was sprayed with pepper in another hand-to-hand combat.
The convoy was on its way and vehicles from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office blocked intersections around the downtown mall for the parade of vehicles to pass.
A heavy presence of Oregon State Troopers was observed on Highway 224, the main route of the pro-Trump caravan to Portland.
The caravan was supposed to avoid downtown, but as night fell many of the cars strayed from the intended route and drove downtown.
The caravan was supposed to disperse at 9 p.m.
In Georgia, hundreds of Trump supporters moved into the waters of Lake Allatoona, 20 miles north of Marietta.
They waved under flags to announce their support and headed to Flamingo Cove – some with the President's cardboard cutouts in their boats, others with face masks.
One woman who surveyed the scene told 11Alive it was "pretty amazing".
"Just the support, everyone out here with the flags and the Trump banners just showing their support," she said.
More than 200 boats sailed into the waters of Lake Allatoona in support of Trump on Saturday afternoon
Some of the president's fans had cardboard cut-outs of him on their boat; others wore masks on his face
Crowds gathered on the bridge over the lake to watch the flotilla go by on Saturday afternoon
Supporters waved flags in support of Trump and the police and the yellow Gadsden flag used by his fans
In Los Angeles, a rally of around 200 people in Beverly Hills was declared an illegal gathering after anti-Trump infiltrators were found in the MAGA crowd.
Fighting broke out and the rally was canceled.
Activists from Black Lives Matter gathered outside City Hall on Saturday in LA.
They then marched through downtown LA.
Black Lives Matter activists gathered outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday as Beverly Hills saw pro-Trump gatherings
The BLM activists then marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles
Trump supporters gathered in Beverly Hills only to break out a brawl and call off the rally
Since the end of July, supporters of the president have been gathering weekly in Beverly Gardens Park
And chaotic scenes unfolded outside the White House after another night of protests against Black Lives Matter, during which police clashed with protesters, hit them with rubber bullets, and stun grenades exploded as they moved to clear out the crowd.
Hundreds of protesters had gathered at Black Lives Matter Plaza to rally against police brutality and racial injustice.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Department were in effect as protesters marched to the White House and sang, "No cops, no KKK, no fascists".
Just before midnight, tensions between protesters and law enforcement agencies escalated when riot gear rushed into the crowd to evacuate them.
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Police clashed with BLM protesters in Washington DC on Saturday during another night of riot
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: A woman was arrested outside the Kenosha County courthouse despite the city-wide curfew
Officers were seen deploying tear gas grenades and using flashes to disperse the crowd.
Videos shared on social media showed some protesters reciprocating, some throwing projectiles at officers, or playing loud music. in the a clipA man was seen picking up a tear gas canister and hurling it back to the police.
In Kenosha, protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Saturday night remained largely peaceful after a day of demonstrations when thousands of people marched to the district court to denounce police brutality and racism.
Black Lives Matter activists have marched in the city of Wisconsin every night since Blake's shooting last Sunday. Some protests lead to civil unrest with damage to buildings and vehicles.
Earlier in the day, crowds took to the streets chanting, "Seven bullets, seven days" – an indication of the number of times Blake had been shot – as they marched to the courthouse where speakers encouraged protesters to vote for change in November to push for laws in Wisconsin that would reform police forces.
But unlike last week's demonstrations, most people parted ways on the Saturday before the 7 p.m. curfew.
More than an hour later, police officers, including some with U.S. Marshal Service IDs, surrounded about a dozen people who stayed outside the courthouse and made multiple arrests.
As night fell, National Guard troops and police in protective clothing stayed outside the fenced-in area around several government buildings that had been at the center of the riots last week.
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Police officers are viewed as guards when several people were arrested outside the Kenosha County Courthouse on Saturday after a citywide curfew began
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Approximately 1,000 people took part in a mile-long march in Kenosha on Saturday, singing "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, No Peace" a week after the police shot Jacob Blake
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Protesters marched with Blake's family to the Kenosha County courthouse, where speakers encouraged the crowd to vote for change and press for laws in Wisconsin that would reform police forces in November
KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: Jacob Blake Sr (pictured) passionately called for a system to be changed
During the rally earlier, Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr., urged protesters to cease looting and vandalism that had overshadowed peaceful protests before a tense silence over the past three nights.
& # 39; Understand the good people of this city. If we tear it up we have nothing, said Blake Sr. & # 39; stop it. Show them for one night that we don't have to tear anything up. & # 39;
He passionately called for changes to what he described as promoting police brutality and racial inequalities.
"There were seven bullets put in my son's back … Hell, yeah, I'm crazy," Blake Sr. said. "What gave (the police) the right to murder my child?" What gave them the right to believe that my son was an animal?
“What gave them the right to take something that was not theirs? I'm sick of it, ”he added.
Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey and two other police officers responded to a domestic dispute last Sunday when Sheskey shot 29-year-old Blake in the back.
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