Newport Police report that at two o’clock in the morning a Newport Police officer spotted a physical confrontation between Newport resident Tyler Allen and another man near a lounge at the west end of Bay Blvd. A third person waved the officer over and started talking to him about it. According to police reports the officer got out of his car and walked toward Allen and asked him some questions. The officer reported that Allen was uncooperative. The officer radioed for back-up from other officers and resumed talking with Allen in an attempt to ascertain if a crime had occurred.
Police say while other officers were enroute, Allen became aggressive toward the officer and used physical force against him, causing both to fall to the ground. While other officers were converging on the scene, they said they saw a crowd of about 30 people rush toward Allen and the officer, as well as toward the arriving officers. Some in the crowd demanded that Allen be released and yelled anti-police epithets. Police say the arriving officers became concerned for their own safety and so drew their guns on the crowd and ordered them to back up. They say most of the crowd complied. However, a few continued to make anti-police remarks.
Meanwhile, Allen was arrested and taken into custody and transported to the county jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct. No other arrests were mentioned in the police release.
Newport Police Lt. Jason Malloy reminds the community to not become personally involved with police actions during an investigation or an arrest. Lt. Malloy said if anyone has a concern about police incidents they are encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department and meet with a police supervisor to express their concern. Anyone with any information in connection with the above incident is asked to contact Sergeant Ken Real at the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.