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Proud Boy, Patriot Prayer brawler Tusitala ‘Tiny’ Toese barred from Portland protests for 2 years, judge rules

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PORTLAND — A right-wing activist who gained notoriety for brawling at Portland protests is barred from participating in future city demonstrations for the next two years, a Multnomah County judge ruled Tuesday.

Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, 23, of Vancouver was also sentenced to two years probation and 80 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for his role in a violent altercation prompted by political differences.

Circuit Judge Kathleen Dailey also ordered he pay restitution to Timothy Ledwith, the man Toese and an associate, Donovan Flippo, beat during a June 2018 confrontation in Northeast Portland.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a felony assault charge against Toese.

Ledwith, previously told investigators the pair had been shouting slogans in support of President Donald Trump as well as homophobic slurs from a pickup truck near Northeast 12th Avenue and Broadway when he yelled back at them.

Toese and Flippo, who were both members of the Proud Boys, a right-wing fraternal organization, responded by punching Ledwith in the face, sending him to the hospital, the injured man claimed.

Ledwith, a self-described anti-fascist activist, said he had previously attended Portland demonstrations opposing right-wing rallies in which Toese and Flippo had been participants.

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