Proud Boys member arrested on multiple assault and weapons charges

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Proud Boys member arrested on multiple assault and weapons charges

Proud Boys member Alan Swinney, 50, was arrested by Portland police on multiple assault and weapons charges.

Alan Swinney is facing 12 charges, including unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person, and unlawful use of mace, after he was booked by cops on Wednesday.

The charges stem from an August 15 protest in the Oregon city where Alan Swinney allegedly fired a paintball gun at another person.

Alan Swinney holds up a pepper spray during a protest in Portland on August 22. Credit: Getty Images
Alan Swinney holds up a pepper spray during a protest in Portland on August 22. Credit: Getty Images

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

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

Swinney took to Twitter to ask for donations to help him fight the charges on Tuesday afternoon, the day before his arrest.

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

Proud Boys face off with BLM protesters in Portland on August 15. Credit: Getty Images
Proud Boys face off with BLM protesters in Portland on August 15. Credit: Getty Images

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

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

Swinney’s arrest comes the morning after Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups during his first presidential debate against Joe Biden.

President Trump told the Proud Boys to stand by when he was questioned by moderator Chris Wallace during the on-stage sparring session

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 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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