Portland police officers arrested three, citing a Vancouver man for disorderly conduct, after competing rallies at Tom McCall Waterfront Park dissolved into a melee between right- and left-wing protesters Sunday afternoon.
Officers cited and released Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, 21, on a charge of second-degree disorderly conduct.
The Portland Police Bureau said he was given a criminal citation then released instead of being booked into the Multnomah County Jail because an injury he sustained at the clash required medical treatment at a hospital.
The March for Freedom, Solidarity and Justice march, organized through Joey Gibson, a conservative political activist from Vancouver, drew members of the so-called “alt-right” and white nationalists, among others. In turn, a group that included far left and anti-fascist counter-protesters responded.
Toese is a regular presence at events organized through Patriot Prayer, Gibson’s informal political group, and he has been at the center of the more physical altercations seen at the rallies and counter-protests over the last few months.
Someone’s camera caught Toese on video knocking down an anti-fascist demonstrator with a punch to the face at a Portland rally in mid-May.
Officers on scene, despite the video by witnesses, did not make an arrest because the man Toese punched declined to provide his name.
Two others were arrested for disorderly conduct and other charges related to Sunday’s brawl, which saw people attacking each other with pepper spray and protesters being dragged away with bloodied faces.
Photos and video from the scene showed Toese with a bandaged nose.
The Portland police said officers will continue to investigate possible criminal acts from Sunday’s protests, and that more arrests were possible.