Three people were arrested for alleging defacing a war memorial in Portland, Ore., Saturday following a cancelled protest that eventually turned violent.
The Portland Police Bureau said in a statement that protesters had gathered to counter a demonstration outside the Multnomah County Courthouse that was abruptly canceled, Fox News reported.
Police didn’t provide many details about the previously planned demonstration. However, Oregon Live reported that the demonstration was rumored to be a Ku Klux Klan rally at a downtown park, but there is no confirmation of that.
Upon hearing who was allegedly going to show up, however, counter-protesters including Antifa members showed up anyway, though police told them the original event had been canceled.
“While the rally was being held and was peaceful, Portland Police officers stayed away,” the police bureau said. “However, some people in the group began acting in a violent, threatening manner against attendees who were legally capturing photos and videos.”
According to police, some who showed up used metal-tipped umbrellas to “jab toward people and chase them down the street.”
Police reported that other objects including as rocks, concrete, batons, cans and food were thrown at members of the public and officers.
At least two incendiary devices that police believe were flares were thrown into nearby traffic, according to the police bureau report. The event spanned nearly four hours and required a “large police response” that limited the department’s ability to respond to other, non-related calls.
At some point, a war memorial in Lownsdale Square Park was marred with spray-painted graffiti.
Messages reading “Punch Cops,” “Kill Cops,” and “All Cops are Bastards” could be seen on the memorial in photos released by police.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Willy Cannon, 25, was charged with a misdemeanor for abusing a memorial and a felony for criminal mischief. In addition to Cannon, the sheriff’s office said Brandon Farley, 31, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and Heaven Davis, 19, was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.