3 arrested during otherwise peaceful protests in LO

400 people were out rallying for and against the president

Several hundred people attended dual demonstrations in Lake Oswego on March 4, some in support of the president and others against. (KOIN)
Several hundred people attended dual demonstrations in Lake Oswego on March 4, some in support of the president and others against. (KOIN)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Several hundred people gathered for demonstrations in Lake Oswego — one group in support of President Donald Trump, the other with a message of love.

Supporters of President Trump rallied as part of a nationwide event. Police said an estimated 400 people showed up to George Rogers City Park. Several police agencies were on the scene to help keep people safe during the march.

Mark Callahan took his kids to the rally and said he was there for a peaceful protest in support of the president.

“We’re here to do a peaceful protest and support our president and make our country great again,” Callahan said. “We’re all Americans here and I just hope we can come together in unity and we can stop the bickering and if the other side is going to preach tolerance then they need to actually be tolerant as opposed to just being tolerant of those who agree with them.”

Roger Witter came from the Gresham area to support Trump.

Roger Witter attended the March 4 Trump in Lake Oswego on March 4, 2017. (KOIN)
Roger Witter attended the March 4 Trump in Lake Oswego on March 4, 2017. (KOIN)

“That’s why I’m here just to take a stand and show the people out there that we’re not haters,” Witter said. “We’re not racist in any way. We just love our country, we love our kids, we love our grand kids and I’m here to stand for their liberty and freedom so that we can all be free.”

 

It wasn’t immediately clear why the individual was taken into custody, but KOIN 6 News has reached out to authorities for more information.

A counter message event called “Stand for Love” is also being held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Millenium Plaza City Park. One of the organizers, Kevin Hunt, said their message is one love and inclusion.

“We think it’s just important that people know that Lake Oswego is not a center of hate or intolerance,” Hunt said. “Lake Oswego is a center of love and inclusion. It’s a wonderful community and everyone is welcome here.”

Hunt said there would be a “love-in” and a march against fascism, racism and misogyny.

“We’re slowly, well actually not so slowly, seeing an encroachment on our civil liberties that’s happening at an increasingly rapid speed. Also the atmosphere of prejudice and bigotry that has been suppressed and below the surface for a number of years is now erupting since the election,” Hunt said. “We feel it’s important to take a stand against that, because history shows that if you don’t, it only grows and grows and grows until it’s too late to do anything about it.”

Bradley Holmes and his boyfriend joined the demonstration to support the idea of love.

“If people would stop for a minute and put aside their prejudices and their hated, their antipathy toward other people and just love them in the best way they know how, we would have a lot better place to live in that what we have now,” Holmes said.

The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but police did have to break up a few scuffles.

Booking photos of 3 men arrested during a demonstration in Lake Oswego on March 4, 2017. Michael Smith (left) Sonny Keithley (center) and Zachary Pursley (right). (CCSO)
Booking photos of 3 men arrested during a demonstration in Lake Oswego on March 4, 2017. Michael Smith (left) Sonny Keithley (center) and Zachary Pursley (right). (CCSO)

Three people were arrested during the event. Zachary Pursley, 24, was arrested for disorderly conduct II and interfering with a Peace Officer; Sonny Keithley, 23, was arrested for assault IV, disorderly conduct II and interfering with a Peace Officer; 36-year-old Michael D. Smith was arrested for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct II and interfering with a Peace Officer and criminal mischief III. They are being held at the Clackamas County Jail, police said.

The Lake Oswesgo Police said one person was injured during the demonstration and 2 others were taken to the hospital with medical conditions.

“Today’s event went very well. We had hoped for the best, but planned for the worst,” Lake Oswego Police Chief Don Johnson said in a press release. “We appreciate the assistance of the above law enforcement partners in addition to the commitment of the organizers to keep this event peaceful.“