Far-right group leader charged in fight at Portland business
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson says he has been charged with rioting in connection to a May Day incident in Portland, Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the leader of the Washington-based far-right group told a radio show host that he is preparing to turn himself into authorities Thursday.
Gibson contended on the show that the charge is intended to prevent him from joining protests scheduled for Saturday.
The charge against Gibson comes after a lawsuit filed by Cider Riot’s owner, who contends Gibson and other right-wing protesters arrived at his business May 1 and fought with customers, causing mayhem and physical injury to at least one person.
Video shows people using chemical spray and several people fighting.
Gibson’s lawyer, James Buchal, said none of the videos from the altercation show Gibson being violent.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com