We should note, there's no evidence police were told to stand down from protecting people from violence during the clashes between Antifa and Proud Boy protestors on Saturday - though Sen. A 23-year-old man was charged with second-degree assault and assault of a police officer, a 21-year-old man was charged with harassment and a 23-year-old woman with disorderly conduct and harassment.
Among the groups marching were the Proud Boys, a right-wing group founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, and self-proclaimed "Western chauvinists".
What is clear, however, as captured on video shot by The Oregonian's Jim Ryan, is a swarm of mask-wearing antifa activists surrounding conservative gay journalist Andy Ngo, editor at Quillette, punching him in the face and throwing milkshakes at him before and as he fled the scene. Ngo frequently writes about the left-wing group and in his Twitter bio he claims that he is "hated by the antifa".
Multiple assaults were reported, police said, and items were thrown at demonstrators and officers that looked like milkshakes but contained quick-dry concrete.
"I can't just sit by and watch my friend be brutally attacked", he added.
"Demonstration events are very fluid in nature and the management of these events is complex", Portland Police Assistant Chief Chris Davis said in a statement.
Among those injured were two police officers who were pepper sprayed, as well as punched in an arm and one struck in the head with a "projectile". "We are actively investigating these incidents to hold those responsible accountable". Three civilians were taken to the hospital after being "assaulted with weapons", police said.
This past weekend, on Saturday, June 29, Portland police dealt with three demonstrations of left-wingers antifa (which the Federal Bureau of Investigation labeled "domestic terrorists" in 2017) protesting right-wingers Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys (which the Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed an extremist white nationalist group), though what they were specifically demonstrating for and against is not clear.