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Seven men arrested after allegedly using Nazi salutes, racial slurs toward black family at Oregon beach, police say

Members of the Clovis, N.M., Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics team handcuff a U.S. airman during a hostile threat exercise at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 20, 2012. (Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece/U.S. Air Force)

Multiple white men who allegedly hurled racial slurs and used Nazi salutes towards a black family at a beach in Oregon were arrested on the Fourth of July, police said.

The arrests of seven men came after police responded to a report claiming a group was disturbing others and firing off illegal fireworks on a beach in Lincoln City.


“The initial officers arriving on scene in one of the Lincoln City Police Department’s beach ATV’s were immediately surrounded by this group of about 10 people who began taunting and challenging the officers for seizing illegal fireworks,” an official with the Lincoln City Police Department said in a Facebook post.

“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.”

Members of the family said they felt intimated by the group’s alleged behavior.

Andrey Zaytsev 28, Oleg Saranchuk, 45, Gennadiy Kachankov, 30, Antoliy Kachankov, 28, Ruslan Tkachenko, 22, and Yuriy Kachankov, 30, were each arrested, as was a seventh man who police say refused to identify himself.

Police said the group was highly “intoxicated.” The identified men are each from Clark County Washington.

Charges against the men include interfering with police, riot, harassment, disorderly conduct and possession of illegal fireworks, according to authorities.

Lincoln City is located on the coast of central Oregon, about 100 miles to the southwest of Portland.


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