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Oregon Police arrested seven men over the weekend who were “taunting” a Black family at the beach by yelling racial slurs at the family and using Nazi salutes, police said.
Lincoln City Police said they were called to the beach around 9:30 p.m. after receiving reports about a group firing off illegal fireworks on the beach near the Inn at Spanish Head, according to a release from the department.
Officers who arrived at the scene “were immediately surrounded” by a group of about 10 white people who “began taunting and challenging the officers for seizing illegal fireworks.”
Police soon learned the same group of people had also allegedly been “taunting and challenging” a Black family “by yelling racial slurs at them, insulting them and using Nazi salutes towards them."
The family told police they felt “intimidated” by the large group of angry men.
“The on scene officers formed a line between the group of white persons and the Black family allowing the Black family to safely leave the beach and return to their room,” according to the release.
Police say the group of men continued to taunt police officers and tried to challenge them to a fight — even firing off the illegal fireworks in the presence of the officers — before officers arrested the “highly intoxicated group.”
Gennadiy Kachankov, 30; Antoliy Kachankov, 28; Yuriy Kachankov, 30; Andrey Zaytsev, 28; Oleg Saranchuck, 45; and Ruslan Tkachenko, 22; are all facing charges of riot, interfering with police, disorderly conduct, harassment, possession of illegal fireworks and offensive littering.
Yuriy Kachankov is also facing an additional count of resisting arrest.
Another man, who refused to identify himself and had no identification on him, was also arrested and booked into the Lincoln County Jail for fingerprint identification.
Six of the men were cited and released as part of the county jail’s current coronavirus policies.
After the arrests, police chief Jerry Palmer denounced the group’s actions.
“All people should be treated with respect and we have no place in our society for the kind of activity this group was inflicting on this family,” Palmer told PEOPLE.
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