Seven men have been arrested in the US state of Oregon for allegedly making Nazi salutes and shouting racial slurs at a Black family during a 4th of July celebration.
The Lincoln City Police Department were called to the beach near the Inn at Spanish Head on Saturday evening, initially to investigate a report of a disturbance and illegal fireworks being let off on Taft Beach, which is southwest of Portland.
However, the situation soon turned ugly after the group in question started to intimidate the police officers and then began to be racist to a nearby Black family after more officers arrived on the scene. According to the press release the group began "yelling racial slurs at them, insulting them and using Nazi salutes towards them [the Black family]."
The family did not come under any physical harm after police formed a barricade around the men which allowed the family to leave the beach safely and return to their hotel. The report adds:
[The officers] moved in on the confrontational and highly intoxicated group and began placing them under arrest.
Although the report said that 10 men were involved in the incident only seven were arrested. Gennadiy Kachankov, Antoliy Kachankov, Andrey Zaytsev, Oleg Saranchuk, Ruslan Tkachenko and Yuriy Kachankov were charged on suspicion of causing a riot, disorderly conduct, interfering with police, harassment and possession of illegal fireworks.
A seventh man was said to have refused to identify himself and was detained in the Lincoln County Jail for fingerprint identification. He was later cited and released along with the other six men. According to the police all the men were from Clark County, Washington.
Talking to People, police chief Jerry Palmer said:
All people should be treated with respect and we have no place in our society for the kind of activity this group was inflicting on this family.