Two large pickup trucks taking part in a pro-Trump procession were seen accelerating into a crowd of protesters in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday.
The pro-Trump vehicle rally, made up of hundreds of cars and trucks, gathered in the Portland suburb of Clackamas before making its way to the city center. The caravan was initially planned to circle the highways but some of its members split off and headed into downtown where Black Lives Matters protesters were gathered.
Clashes quickly occurred between the caravan members and counterprotesters in downtown Portland.
“We saw fistfights on the streets, in some cases; people in the backs of pickup trucks shooting paintballs into the crowd; other people throwing things back onto the trucks where the pro-Trump supporters were there, driving around,” Baker said.
Justin Dunlap, an independent journalist who was on the ground in Portland on Saturday, told NBC News that the “Trump car caravan was causing trouble” and that he heard reports they were pepper-spraying people. He said the scene was “super heavy.”
Video shows a Trump supporter shooting paintballs at civilians on the street while another Trump caravan member sprays the crowd with an industrial-sized can of pepper spray.
New York Times correspondent Mike Baker, shared a video showing a Trump supporter shooting paintballs at civilians standing on a downtown Portland street while another pro-Trump caravan member sprays the crowd with an industrial-sized can of pepper spray.
“Clashes. Trump people unload paintballs and pepper spray. They shot me too,” Baker wrote.
Clashes. Trump people unload paintballs and pepper spray. They shot me too. pic.twitter.com/PwU5pZMLnV
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) August 30, 2020
Another video shows the Trump supporters firing paintballs and pepper spray as they drove their trucks into demonstrators attempting to block their convoy.
A video shared by Benjamin Tier shows a vehicle driving at high speeds into a crowd of protesters in downtown Portland Saturday evening.
A hostile driver backs up, revs their engine, and speeds east on Salmon. I believe everyone got out of the way. pic.twitter.com/0uUfWi8uxf
— Benjamin Tier Gas ✊ (@BitterTier) August 30, 2020