Police arrested a man they said flashed a handgun during an argument at the Occupy Portland encampment Wednesday afternoon.
Parker was taking video at the camp when several demonstrators "verbally challenged" him, police said. During the argument, one of the demonstrators used a racial slur at Parker, who then showed a gun he had tucked in his waistband.
Parker is a concealed handgun license owner, police said.
The irony of a non-participant being arrested for disorderly conduct during an occupy event is just too much for me.
There is no law (or city ordinance) against video taping people. There is no law (or city ordinance) against openly displaying a firearm if you have a concealed handgun license. There are however laws (or city ordinances) against camping in the parks, blocking traffic, etc.
But people who carry firearms aren't politically popular with the Portland Commissars so this guy gets arrested. And it doesn't fit the media template to tell us that this guy was black and what racial slur was used.
There are laws against pointing a firearm at another person (ORS 166.190) but the same cops who for days ignored alcohol and drug use downtown arrest the guy on disorderly conduct.
Disorderly conduct is everything that these protestors have done:
166.025 Disorderly conduct in the second degree. (1) A person commits the crime of disorderly conduct in the second degree if, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, the person:
(a) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior;
(b) Makes unreasonable noise;
(c) Disturbs any lawful assembly of persons without lawful authority;
(d) Obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic on a public way;
(e) Congregates with other persons in a public place and refuses to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse;
(f) Initiates or circulates a report, knowing it to be false, concerning an alleged or impending fire, explosion, crime, catastrophe or other emergency; or
(g) Creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which the person is not licensed or privileged to do.
(2) Disorderly conduct in the second degree is a Class B misdemeanor.
How does displaying a firearm to these hippies fall into this statute?