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Sisters man arrested during Prineville rally

Michael Satcher, 42, of Sisters was arrested after an altercation during a Black Lives Matter rally at the Crook County Courthouse in downtown Prineville on Saturday.

The demonstration was organized by the Central Oregon Diversity Project and Central Oregon Peacekeepers.

Satcher, 42, was charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer and harassment. He was reportedly released on bail. In addition, Ronald Campbell, 57, of Prineville, was charged with disorderly conduct. Jasmine Barnett, 40, of Bend, was charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.

Luke Richter, president of the Central Oregon Peacekeepers, provided The Nugget with a statement on the incident:

“Two Central Oregon BLM leaders faced an attack and violence from counter protestors. The people defending them were arrested as a result, while counter protestors who instigated the attack were allowed to walk free. Due to impending legal action, we will refrain from further comments for the time being.”

Video from the Central Oregon Peacekeepers’ Facebook page appears to show Satcher filming the arrest of another protester with a phone. Satcher appears to step forward between two officers as they are escorting the handcuffed protester away from the scene; an officer then immediately grabs Satcher, restrains him against a police vehicle and takes him into custody.

Prineville has seen multiple Black Lives Matter protest rallies in the past two months. Unlike Sisters’ demonstrations, which have been trouble free, the Prineville protests have often featured confrontations between demonstrators and counter-protesters.


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