Police Arrest Proud Boys Member Who Pointed Gun At Portland Rally
Police in Portland have arrested a member of the far-right group Proud Boys who pointed a gun at antifacist protesters during a demonstration last month, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
- OPB reported that “Alan James Swinney, 50, is being held in the Multnomah County Jail on multiple assault charges, pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of tear gas, stun gun or mace.”
- Video from the rally outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on August 22 shows Swinney pointing the weapon at the crowd.
- “Many far-right protesters at the event used weapons such as paintball guns and baseball bats to assault opposing protesters,” OPB wrote, but police said they did not intervene that day because of staffing shortages.
Jail records show police booked Swinney the morning after President Trump told the Proud Boys — a designated hate group that regularly engages in street violence — to “stand by” after he was asked to denounce white supremacists and violent extremists at Tuesday night’s presidential debate.