A man who was acquitted of disorderly conduct last year in connection to a 2017 Portland counter-protest is suing the city and members of both the Portland Police Bureau and Oregon State Police for claims of false arrest.  

Jeremy Ibarra and a group of about 200 people were corralled and arrested by police in June 2017.  

The group was counter-protesting Patriot Prayer, the Vancouver, Washington-based group that attracts white supremacists and has engaged in violence. 

The lawsuit states Patriot Prayer held a rally on June 4, despite public opposition, a little over a week after Jeremy Christian allegedly fatally stabbed two people on a MAX train and injured a third.

“Ibarra was not a frequenter of protests, but he felt so strongly about showing up for his community following the MAX attacks that he decided to join a thousand other counter-protesters,” the lawsuit said.

Ibarra was shot with pepper balls while trying to leave the crowd, the lawsuit states. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He was acquitted by a Multnomah County jury last spring. 

The lawsuit says police acted in negligence, violating Ibarra’s first and fourth amendment rights, and that Ibarra was arrested without probable cause.  

Ibarra is represented by Juan Chavez, an attorney with the Oregon Justice Resource Center. Chavez is also representing Cider Riot, a Portland bar suing Patriot Prayer in an unrelated case.