LINCOLN CITY, Ore. — Police in the Oregon coast community of Lincoln City say that they arrested a group of belligerent men who reportedly harassed a Black family on a beach Saturday night.
Lincoln City Police responded to the beach around 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July after receiving reports of a group shooting off illegal fireworks and causing a disturbance.
When officers arrived in the area, Lincoln City Police said that the group of roughly ten people "immediately surrounded" the officers and began harassing them as they tried to seize the illegal fireworks.
"Several other officers arrived on scene and learned that this same group of white people had been taunting and challenging a family of black persons by yelling racial slurs at them, insulting them and using Nazi salutes towards them," the agency said. "The black family advised they felt intimidated by the actions this group had displayed towards them."
Police said that they formed a line between the belligerent group and the Black family, allowing the latter to safely leave the beach and go back to their room. Several of the men reportedly kept taunting the officers and tried to "challenge them to a fight," while others continued shooting off illegal fireworks.
When backup arrived at the scene, the officers were able to arrest seven of the "highly intoxicated" group — all men from Clark County, Washington.
30-year-old Gennadiy Kachankov, 28-year-old Antoliy Kachankov, 28-year-old Andrey Zaytsev, 45-year-old Oleg Saranchuk, and 22-year-old Ruslan Tkachenko were all charged with Riot, Interfering with Police, Disorderly Conduct II, Harassment, Possession of Illegal Fireworks, and Offensive Littering. Another man, 30-year-old Yuriy Kachankov, faces all of those charges and one count of Resisting Arrest.
Lincoln City Police said that all of six of those men were cited and released "due to coronavirus policies at the county jail." A seventh man who refused to identify himself was booked into jail on the same list of charges and held for fingerprint identification.