Oregon City ends Proud Boys events after riot in park


by: Raymond Rendleman | Portland Grandstand, Zane Sparling | Portland Grandstand

Posted: Jun 23, 2021 / 5:35 PM PDT
Updated: 6/23/2021 / 5:35 PM PDT

A riot broke out in Oregon City following the clash between the Proud Boys and the Antifa on June 18, 2021. (Zane Sparling / Pamplin Media)

OREGON CITY, Oregon (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) – Following the riot in Clackamette Park, Oregon City is canceling Proud Boys leader Daniel Tooze’s reservation for picnic accommodation in the park this Friday.

Public records show that Tooze had reserved picnic tables in the park for the past three Fridays for “pro-American flag wave and campaign events”.

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Oregon City Police stated Friday the 18th of the Willamette Rivers.

Pamplin Media Group records show that Tooze reserved one of the park’s two shelters for “Horseshoes and Flag Wave Dinner” on June 25, with attendance at the event estimated at 50 people – but the reservation has now been canceled.

Citing the ongoing investigation into the previous riot, OCPD Capt. Shaun Davis that he could not release any names other than Tooze that were previously on the city’s list because they were denied parking reservations.

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“If we discover that someone involved in the riot tries to make a parking reservation, that reservation will be denied,” said Davis.

Tooze had previously reserved the park’s main accommodation on June 4th, June 11th and June 18th, according to the records. After the recent skirmish, Tooze and others wearing the colors of the Proud Boys hoisted flags for passing motorists on State Route 99E.

Oregon City Parks and Recreation officials marked the nearby horseshoe and picnic shelter as “not for use due to flag demonstration at Clack” on the days Tooze was recorded to have booked the main pavilion.

Tooze did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told a Pamplin Media reporter on June 18 that the shelter had been reserved for GOP voter registration. Tooze then likened the actions of the black-clad counter-demonstrators known as Antifa to “silencing the opposing political party, just like the Nazis did”.

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An official statement from Oregon City officials described the June 18 violence as “unacceptable and contrary to the values ​​and expectations” of the city, community or corporation. City officials said they are not taking their actions lightly to cancel Tooze’s picnic reservation.

“However, we are not prepared to risk further property damage and personal injury through the unacceptable behavior of a small group of people,” said the city’s statement. “The city stands for peaceful and non-violent groups who want to promote and engage in dialogue, the free exchange of ideas and collective healing.”

Oregon City officials expect parks to be used responsibly so that all visitors can safely exercise their rights, mind, and body. They plan to act immediately to shut down parks in response to violent protests, as they did in Clackamette Park on June 18.

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“Our parks are a necessity because they make us healthier as individuals, they are places where we can come together and enjoy our beautiful city, and more importantly, they help build stronger communities,” wrote city officials. “This is your park. The city is here to manage it responsibly and to ensure that all visitors can safely use our parks. “

Aside from one case last year, Davis said he doesn’t know of any other Proud Boys or Antifa members who have been charged with crimes in Oregon City.

“We’re trying to identify everyone who was involved in the riot and whether they’ve committed any crimes,” Davis said. “We also try to identify all victims and determine whether they want to report as victims, and pass this information on to the prosecutor.”

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The Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office charged alleged Proud Boys member Cole Robert Scott, 26, of unlawful use of a gun, threats and failure of a driver to perform in connection with an argument at an Oregon City bar in August 2020; Scott faces a trial on the charges on July 2nd.