Celebrated July 4 too violently: 7 Russian-speaking men arrested in Oregon
Police arrested seven Russian-speaking US residents on Oregon's central coast on Saturday evening, July 4, due to racist remarks during Independence Day celebrations on the beach. Writes about it Oregon Live.
Lincoln City (Oregon) city police said these people were in a group of 10 white people from Clark County (Washington) who were harassing a black family. They shouted racist insults, used Nazi salutes when the family spent their holidays on the beach.
After arriving at the place of rest, the police formed a barricade between this group and the family, which allowed African Americans to safely leave the beach.
The members of the group, who, according to the police, were "very drunk", soon began to mock the officers, provoked them to a fight and fired fireworks. On the eve of the holiday weekend, the city of Lincoln warned people against starting these decorative lights.
In addition, other officers arrived at the beach. They arrested seven men on several charges, including riot, hooliganism, harassment, unlawful launch of fireworks, and offensive language.
Gennady Kachankov, Anatoly Kachankov, Andrey Zaitsev, Oleg Saranchuk, Ruslan Tkachenko and Yuri Kachankov (all from Clark County) were arrested on Saturday, July 4, and then released. One person who refused to identify himself was taken to Lincoln County Prison for fingerprint identification.
On Monday, July 6, city police said the group would not be charged with a crime against an African-American family because there was no physical contact, destruction of property with the risk of serious injury related to a quarrel.
“Unfortunately, the use of racist or derogatory language is not in itself a crime under Oregon law,” police said in a statement. "We will bring appropriate charges, which we can prove in accordance with the law."
Police said the men were released on Saturday, July 4, in accordance with the Lincoln County Prison Policy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: it limits the number of charges for which a suspect can be jailed before trial.
The incident occurred amid ongoing national protests against racism and police brutality against people of different races, provoked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a policeman from Minneapolis.
Protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement took place in the northwest Pacific Ocean, including the central coast of Oregon.
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