One person was shot dead in Portland, Oregon, after clashes on Saturday night between supporters of US President Donald Trump and members of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Portland police said on Sunday that they are investigating the incident and did not specify if the event is directly related to the clashes that broke out in downtown Portland, a city that has seen constant protests since the death in May of African-American George Floyd, who was suffocated by a white policeman.
On Saturday, Trump supporters organized a car rally: they gathered with their vehicles at a shopping mall outside Portland and drove downtown with trucks, cars and motorcycles one after the other, in a line that stretched several miles.
When the “hundreds” of vehicles entered the city, there were confrontations with the Black Lives Matter protesters, the police reported, who detailed that in wide areas of downtown Portland there was an exchange of insults and physical aggression that did not go away.
At about 8:30 p.m. local time (4:30 GMT on Sunday), the vehicles left the city center and at 8:46 p.m., the agents responded to reports of shots, according to the police.
The agents arrived at the scene “in one minute” and found a group of people surrounding a man lying on the ground who had been shot dead in the chest.
Videographer Justin Dunlap was filming live late Saturday, casually noting new artwork on buildings as most of the day’s violence appeared to have ended when he suddenly turned toward shouting.
Police are investigating the incident and have asked protesters to provide them with the images they took with their phones and which are circulating on social networks.
Over the past three months, night after night, Portland has seen demonstrations for racial justice, and at times these protests have turned violent with hundreds of protesters arrested by local and federal authorities since May.
Last night ten people between the ages of 21 and 60 were arrested, police said.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked Portland as a liberal city plagued by violence, in what is part of his “law and order” speech in an attempt to be re-elected in the November elections.