Proud Boys member Alan Swinney arrested by Portland cops on multiple assault and weapons charges

PROUD Boys member Alan Swinney was arrested by Portland police on multiple assault and weapons charges on Wednesday morning.

The well-known member of the far-right group is facing a total of 12 charges, including unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person and unlawful use of mace, according to KOIN.



The charges stem from an August 15 protest in the city where Swinney, 50, allegedly fired a paintball gun at another person. The indictment alleges that the shot caused physical harm.

Swinney is also reportedly accused of unlawfully using mace or a similar substance on someone and assaulting other individuals on the same day.

Swinney was also captured on video at a pro-Trump rally on August 22 pointing a revolver into a crowd of counter-protesters, according to multiple reports.

On Tuesday afternoon, the day before he was arrested, Swinney took to Twitter to ask for donations to help him fight the charges.


"Help me fight these people," he wrote. "Every retweet makes a terrorist lose his or her mind."

Swinney's arrest comes the morning after President Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups during the first presidential debate, even telling the Proud Boys to "stand by."

This is not the first legal trouble related to pro-Trump rallies that Swinney has found himself in.

In September, he was sued for $250,000 by a woman who alleged he shot her in the chest with a paintball gun during the August 22 rally.

His bail for the current charges is set at more than half a million dollars.

The Proud Boys are an alt-right organization that began in New York City in 2016 and has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

They have appeared at many extremist gatherings with other alt-right groups, but the group denies any connection to the "racist alt-right."

They instead insist that they are "a fraternal group spreading an anti-political correctness" and "anti-white guilt" agenda.

The group was created by Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of VICE Media, but is currently led by Enrique Tarrio.

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