Proud Boy is Arrested on Assault and Gun Charges, Hours After Trump Told Proud Boys to ‘Stand By’
Proud Boy member Alan Swinney was arrested in Portland, Oregon, only hours after President Donald Trump told the white supremacist Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during the presidential debate on Sept. 29 (VIDEO BELOW).
The Proud Boys have praised Trump’s comments, notes the Daily Mail.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Swinney was charged with multiple counts of assault, along with pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of tear gas.
Swinney is being held at the Multnomah County Jail.
The 50-year-old Proud Boy was reportedly photographed and recorded on video pointing a weapon at anti-fascist protesters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center on Aug. 22.
Alan Swinney aims paintball gun at crowd pic.twitter.com/Sl2FqOs8Je— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) August 22, 2020
Police said that many far-right protesters used weapons such as paintball guns and baseball bats on Aug. 22, reported Oregon Public Broadcasting:
Pro-Trump demonstrators, people carrying shields with references to the QAnon conspiracy theory and members of the Proud Boys — a self-described chauvinist group that regularly engages in violence — all gathered around noon, some carrying rifles. The various rallies were held under banners such as the “No Marxism in America Rally” and the “Trump 2020 Cruise Rally.”