MEDFORD, Ore. -- More than 1,000 people showed up to the George Floyd protests in Medford over the course of the day on Monday.
The Medford Police Department says its gotten numerous inquiries about the events that happened that day. It has now released a summary of officer involvement during the protest.
In addition to 1,000 protesters, police said there were also several counter-protesters. MPD said that many of those people were openly carrying guns.
The Medford Police Department had 25 officers monitoring the situation. It said that, for the most part, the protests were peaceful.
There were a couple of times the protesters would march through the streets in the downtown area. Medford Police said trying to stop them would most likely lead to a violent encounter, so instead officers directed traffic around the demonstrations. A few cars did try to drive through the crowd. Police say no injuries were reported.
One person was arrested following a series of encounters with protesters downtown. Medford Police said that they arrested 51-year-old David Westmoreland after he allegedly threatened someone with a handgun. He was charged with Menacing and Disorderly Conduct.
According to Lt. Mike Budreau, Westmoreland was taken into custody after the second of two "menacing situations." Officers did not witness when Westmoreland apparently first drew a handgun during a confrontation with a group of protesters around his truck. However, officers did witness a second incident as he was leaving the scene in his truck.
Westmoreland has since posted bail, and the case is being reviewed by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for more potential charges.
There's another incident that's currently under investigation. A man reported that his grey Ford truck was damaged when he encountered some protesters in the street near Riverside Avenue and Main Street. No suspects have been identified, but an officer is actively investigating the matter.
"We have seen other protests across the country turn violent, with significant property damage," Medford Police said. "It was our goal to not allow this to happen. While there were some tense moments for everyone involved, we feel the police response was appropriate for the situation being presented."
Meford Police says using force is always a last resort. The Police Chief is thankful that did not happen during Monday's protest.