Crowds dressed in black descended on the city of Portland on Saturday night as part of a nationwide “Night of Rage” staged to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to return abortion law to individual states, potentially limiting access to the procedure that was previously guaranteed federally by Roe v. Wade.
The Portland Police Bureau stated that the protesters damaged numerous businesses, but law enforcement was reportedly unable to intervene.
Several protesters were arrested after the demonstration became violent, according to the Hill:
Authorities in Oregon arrested 10 protesters who were part of a large crowd supporting abortion rights after the demonstration turned violent.
Nine people were charged with disorderly conduct including one person who was additionally charged with escape in the third degree and resisting arrest. One person was charged with harassment.
Police reportedly tried to disperse the crowd after protesters began hurling smoke bombs and filled water bottles at officers. Officials said officers began making arrests but members of the crowd resisted, some of them violently. Officers began shooting inert pepperballs at the feet of the protesters, the department added, which eventually broke up the demonstration.
“If abortions aren’t safe then you aren’t either,” a flier posted at the site of the protest read.
Police in the city of Eugene, Oregon, said in a news release that protesters clashed with officers and threw smoke bombs during the demonstration at a pregnancy center on Friday night.
In Portland, some protestors attacked another pro-life center, Mother and Child, which — according to its website — gives “practical help to thousands of pregnant women in the greater Portland area since its founding in 1971.”
A Starbucks and Bank of America were also damaged in the Portland protest.
And Oregon Live reported that an aide to left-wing Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who supported violent protesters for months in the city following the death of George Floyd, called for more law enforcement.
“It’s despicable,” Sam Adams said in the report. “We need more police.”
The city of Portland quietly abandoned its pledge to ban goods and services from Texas in protest of the Lone Star State’s new pro-life law, which prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected, because it could be “punitive to Texans who, are in fact, the most affected.”
Despite the national attention the city’s original resolution received, the City Council walked back its proposed ban last week and instead voted to allocate $200,000 to “programs and services related to reproductive healthcare.” It is unclear which organizations will receive these funds.
“Will what we do today fundamentally change the mindset of Texas legislators? Probably not,” Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty told the Associated Press. “But what it will do is send a very strong message, to the people of Texas, that we don’t abandon them just because unfortunately they have the leadership that they have.”
Despite the original proposal’s shortcomings, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler staunchly defended the City Council’s efforts and reiterated his opposition to the Texas law.
“I’ve heard some suggest that this [law] has no bearing on our local community. … I could not disagree more,” Wheeler said during a meeting on Wednesday. “If this Texas law, restricting the rights of women, is allowed to stand then it will spread to other states — it will jeopardize Roe v. Wade and it will impact our constituents here in the city of Portland.”
The City Council and Wheeler previously made national headlines for promising to ban goods and services as well as city-sponsored travel to and from Texas.
“This law does not demonstrate concern for the health, safety, and well-being of those who may become pregnant. This law does not recognize or show respect for the human rights of those who may become pregnant,” Wheeler said in a statement. “This law rewards private individuals for exercising surveillance and control over others’ bodies. It violates the separation of church and state. And, it will force people to carry pregnancies against their will.”
Corporate media amplified Wheeler’s threats and boosted rhetoric from the City Council, which called the Texas law an “unconstitutional ban on abortion” and a violation of “human rights of those who may become pregnant.”
Local lawmakers in Portland, Oregon, are set to vote on an “emergency resolution” on Wednesday to ban the city’s procurement of goods and services from the state of Texas in the wake of its restrictive new abortion law. https://t.co/Ql75wmC5A2
“We stand with Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Stephen Breyer, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who fought to block this attack on the reproductive rights, freedom, and autonomy of people across the country,” the City Council’s statement said, echoing the same “surveillance and control” rhetoric as Wheeler.
When asked by The Federalist earlier in September which goods and services would be affected by the now-irrelevant ban, the city’s public information officer merely said there was “a total of $34,656,323 in goods and services originating from Texas during the past five years” and that “there were a total of 19 trips made by City employees to Texas within the last 2 years.” Questions about whether the ban would extend to oil or even flights from Texas were left unanswered even when the City Council postponed the original vote.
The family of murdered Trump supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Portland, its mayor, and the county district attorney on Friday. The lawsuit states that Danielson’s death was “preventable” and blames the city and officials for a “hands-off approach” to its policing strategy.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Friday, says the City of Portland stood a “hands-off approach” to political demonstrations and counter-protests in the city and this fostered a “culture of vigilante policing,” OregonLive.com reported.
During a pro-Trump rally that engaged a counter-protest from local Antifa activists, Michael Forest Reinoehl shot and killed Danielson. Reinoehl was seen in security videos lurking in an alcove before emerging to fire the fatal shot, Breitbart News reported.
Surveillance footage from the parking garage adjacent to the scene of the crime last weekend showed Reinhoel “emerging from an alcove of a parking garage before firing two gunshots, one that hit the man’s bear spray can and the other that proved fatal,” according to the Oregonian, which reviewed an affidavit filed by police that was unsealed after [Reinoehl’s] death.
Attorney for Danielson’s estate, Christopher L. Cauble, said “We are seeking justice for the preventable death of a young man, gunned down in a city with a dangerous and deadly hands-off approach to public safety,” in a written statement published by OregonLive. “Time and time again, City leadership and law enforcement have failed to find an effective response to clashing groups of protesters.”
The plaintiff seeks a total of $13 million in damages. Those damages include $1.5 million in economic damage, $1.5 million in non-economic damages, and up to $10 million in punitive damages.
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are the City of Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
Schmidt is accused in the lawsuit for his role in adopting a new policy to not pursue what he considered “public order crimes such as criminal mischief, interfering with an officer or a stand-alone riot charge, and instead would focus on deliberate property damage and threats of force or actual force against others.”
Shortly before the filing of the lawsuit, Mayor Wheeler admitted the “hands-off strategies” for dealing with rioters was “not the right strategy,” Fox News reported.
“It is clear, based on the public outcry, on the media outcry, on the national front, that that strategy was not the right strategy,” the mayor said during a city council meeting last week, according to the Associated Press. “I think we can all acknowledge that. I take full responsibility for it.”
The lawsuit alleges that the police department’s Rapid Response Team, responsible for crowd control during protests and riots, was less than two blocks away from the shooting. The team was given orders to not get involved between dueling demonstrators.
“Given the enormity of the press coverage over the past several years regarding clashes between left- and right-leaning protest groups in the downtown core of Portland, Defendants knew or should have known that violent clashes would occur,” Cauble wrote in the court pleadings.
The lawsuit alleges that the city and mayor “fostered an environment in which demonstrators on both sides could reasonably anticipate a skeletal and passive police presence on the weekend of August 29, 2020.”
Knowing the probability for violence as the two groups clashed the city and police failed “to divert the caravan of right-leaning demonstrators” away from the downtown area and then again failed to separate the two sides with the confrontations began, OregonLive stated.
It’s no surprise that a gun battle broke out on the Wild-West streets of Portland, Oregon. City officials announced ahead of time that police were ordered to stand down and let them fight it out, as an experiment to show how well anarchy works. The only arrest that was made involved the gun-play but the shooter was back in the game on the war-torn streets by nightfall.
Once again, Democrat controlled Portland, Oregon was the scene of pitched battle between the Proud Boys and Antifa, on Sunday, August 22. The nationalists only wanted to share the love, so city officials let them tangle with Antifa all they wanted.
Two days before the planned “Summer of Love” Proud Boys gathering, rabidly liberal Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that he and other metro area leaders decided not to let police get involved. “It’s not necessarily the best tactical approach to have officers wading into situations where groups are clashing with each other,” explains Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
Both sides began gathering their irregular forces around 2:00 p.m. with hardly any incident. Antifa planted their flag at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, scene of previous battles. The Proud Boys assembled at an abandoned K-Mart in the Argay Terrace Neighborhood. According to reports, Antifa started the mayhem by crashing a van into the Proud Boys rally. A Portland resident describes the attack on “an ‘antifa van’ by slashing its tires and breaking in its windows.”
This “van right here that’s on its side tried pulling into the parking lot, and all these Proud Boys gate security started hitting it with bats and busting the windows out,” the witness relates. The Proud Boys “later flipped the van over.” People “got out of the van and started to run away as Proud Boys attacked them.”
The clash, “including explosive devices,” was “originally going on near a Chevron gas station” full of innocent bystanders. Just “after 4 p.m., as the Proud Boys and anti-fascists ran along 122nd Avenue, exchanging paint balls and bear mace.
Breaking: Shots fired during clashes between Proud Boys and Antifa in Portland, Oregon. There are no reports of anyone hit by gunfire. pic.twitter.com/iZ8AMN0bvm
Some people in the crowd threw mortar fireworks near a Chevron gas station, which had to close.” Another witness wanted to know where the police were. “If this was in Laurelhurst, this wouldn’t be happening.” That’s a wealthy, inner Portland neighborhood. “They would have shut this shit down already.”
Shootout at 6
After a couple hours of sporadic and separated incidents of hand-to-hand combat and exchange of improvised weapons including bear spray and industrial grade fireworks, the highlight of the day was the 6:00 p.m. shootout. It happened right in the heart of Portland.
Antifa thugs were dogging a patriot so he got nervous, “took cover behind a solar-powered trashcan, produced a handgun and opened fire.” Bystanders say he “fired at least two shots before an antifascist returned fire with their own handgun. At least seven shots were fired.”
Northeast Portland Police actually set down their donuts and clocked in for that one. They arrested the nationalist while the anarchist got away. He was released on bond within hours.
The police keep acting like there is only one shooting suspect but video shows two. “Police said witnesses may have removed evidence from the scene before they arrived.”
Portland police filled out the paperwork on 65-year-old Dennis G. Anderson of Gresham. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. He’s expected to get a lawyer who will argue self-defense.
The jury is still out on who shot first and Anderson must have had a reason for diving to cover before pulling the trigger. Why does a trash can need to be solar powered anyway? Liberal lunacy but no law and order. Welcome to the New World Order.
After one of their own colleagues was indicted, approximately 50 Portland police officers, sergeants, and detectives resigned en masse from the Portland Police Bureau’s protest response unit on Wednesday. This resignation is unprecedented.
The Oregonian notes that police feel abandoned by City Hall and the district attorney, after dealing with over 100 consecutive nights of protest coverage. The indictment of one of their own team members was the final straw.
The unit, which existed to “provide public safety at crowd events when there was a threat of harm to the community,” consisted of approximately 50 voluntary employees, who served on the unit “in addition to their regular duties.”
After a tenuous year confronting violent rioters and extreme, unprecedented circumstances, members of the now-disbanded protest response unit simply refuse to volunteer any longer. They still serve on duty and complete regular assignments, but the protest response unit no longer exists.
In October, Former President of the Police Union, and Presiding Executive Director, Daryl Turner emphasized that “members [of the protest response unit] do not volunteer to have Molotov cocktails, fireworks, explosives, rocks, bottles, urine, feces and other dangerous objects thrown at them.” He added that members of the unit volunteer without receiving any specialty pay. They do it to protect their communities.
Turner continued: “Nor do they volunteer to have threats of rape, murder, and assaults on their families hurled at them. They do not volunteer to suffer serious injuries, to be subjected to warrantless criticism and face allegations by elected officials, or to suffer through baseless complaints and lengthy investigations devoid of due process.” He lamented that “These officers find themselves in a no-win situation.”
The resignations, and ensuing unit dismantlement, follow the indictment of Portland police officer Corey Budworth, who served on the unit. Budworth was charged “in connection with an alleged assault during a confrontation with protestors demonstrating against George Floyd’s murder last year.” He “allegedly [struck] a woman in the head” with a baton.
The police union has criticized the prosecution as politically motivated, arguing that Budworth’s baton strike was an accident, not a criminal act.
The Oregonian also notes that “[t]he Portland Police Association issued a statement earlier this week, saying [the district attorney] needs to prosecute ‘the real criminals who are perpetrating vandalism, arson, gun violence, and other violent crimes in [the] community,’ and not go after officers attempting to do their jobs with little support.”
Meanwhile, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler conceded that the past year has been difficult for officers: “I want to acknowledge the toll this past year has taken on them and their families — they have worked long hours under difficult conditions. I personally heard from some of them today, and I appreciate their willingness to share their concerns about managing the many public gatherings that often were violent and destructive.”
Yet, Wheeler’s comments are insufficient in convincing officers to resume their former duties on Portland’s disbanded protest unit. And Portland continues to be an epicenter of violence.
In March, over 50 rioters burned and vandalized Portland’s Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse. In December, Portland’s (shortly-lived) Antifa autonomous zone sported messages calling for the murder of police officers. Portland also burned following the November presidential election. And all of this follows a summer of violent anarchy.
Meanwhile, just last month, a march on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death became violent and five individuals were arrested. The Portland police department faces “an exodus” of demoralized officers.
The antifa autonomous zone in Portland has expanded its borders to act as a larger buffer zone. They have written messages around the streets calling for people to kill Portland Police officers. They have guards standing at the checkpoints. pic.twitter.com/rJ90Gh92u0
Portland Police Bureau officials declared an “Autonomous Demonstration” to be a riot after protesters began vandalizing businesses and forcing their way into an occupied restaurant.
A social media post called for an “Autonomous Demonstration” at Couch Park in Portland, Oregon, on Friday night. The post called for demonstrators to “Bloc Up” — a call to wear black bloc to “make it difficult for police to identify lawbreakers,” police officials stated.
As demonstrators began blocking roadways, smashing windows, painting graffiti, and forcing their way into at least one occupied restaurant, police declared the incident to be a riot and ordered protesters to leave, Fox 12 Portland’s Drew Marine tweeted.
Police say rioters attacked one resident who attempted to film their march by throwing a rock through the homeowner’s window.
Much of the anger of the rioters appeared to target Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler who recently extended the city’s state of emergency order following the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
“F**k Ted Wheeler,” demonstrators shouted as they marched past a restaurant and through the streets.
Police officials say officers made two arrested — Jacob A. Camello, 29, and Crystal M. Miranda, 29. Both face charges of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, the report states. Camello reportedly also had items in his possession to facilitate criminal mischief.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler admitted his policies in dealing with Antifa anarchists failed. He called for new enforcement actions and asked for federal and state assistance in dealing with the lawlessness.
“My good-faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists,” Wheeler said in a New Year’s Day press conference. “In response, it will be necessary to use additional tools and to push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end.”
“It’s time to push back harder against those who are set on destroying our community and to take more risks in fighting lawlessness,” the Portland mayor continued.
The mayor’s remarks follow violent attacks by Antifa on Portland Police Bureau officers and destruction of businesses in the downtown district on New Year’s Eve. The anarchists attacked their officers with commercial-grade fireworks and firebombs. Antifa rioters threw at least two Molotov cocktail-style firebombs and launched multiple commercial-grade fireworks at Portland police as they attempted to defend the downtown business district and the federal courthouse.
“We should be clear what this was last night, it was about violence and criminal destruction, period,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said during the press conference.
Mayor Wheeler called upon federal, state, county, and local law enforcement partners to work with him to develop “clear plans to address anarchist violence.” He also asked the Oregon Legislature to increase the penalties for people who engage in repeated acts of criminal destruction and vandalism.
Antifa-related violence ran rampant in Portland through much of 2020 as prosecutors in the city dismissed charges against 90 percent of the protesters arrested in September alone, Breitbart’s Ildefonso Ortiz reported. During the first week of October, only 19 of the 213 people arrested in September had pending charges.
Between May and September, prosecutors dismissed more than 70 percent of charges. In one case, charges of attempted murder, attempted assault, arson, possession of a destructive device, and rioting were dismissed against a man who allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at police officers.
In December, Antifa built an autonomous zone around a foreclosed house to stop law enforcement from executing an eviction order. At one point, the mayor issued what now appears to be a toothless edict, saying, “There will be no autonomous zone in Portland,” Breitbart’s Joel Pollak reported.
When police arrived to execute the eviction order, Antifa anarchists became violent and chased the police away. The mayor pledged last week that the police were authorized to use “all lawful means” to end the occupation of the foreclosed house and surrounding streets.
That did not happen.
After a week-long occupation of the three-block autonomous zone, Wheeler caved and actually apologized to Antifa. The mayor and his chief of police apologized for statements they made earlier that week where they referred to the encampments as an “autonomous zone” and for threatening to use “a lawful means” to end the occupation.
Following the apology statements, admitted his weakness in enforcing the law might encourage others to follow similar acts of anarchy.
“I hope it is not an ongoing phenomenon,” Mayor Wheeler said in an article published by TheOregonian. “Our objective is to protect lives and end the occupation. And nobody should take this as an invitation to do it anywhere else. The end result could turn out very differently.”
In his New Year’s Day statement, Wheeler talks tough again, saying, “We need more accountability and we need to hold people responsible for their criminal conduct.”
The mayor said he did not understand the New Year’s Eve rioters that came at a time with others in the city focused on “hope and optimism that can come with the dawn of a new year, why would a group of largely white, young and some middle-aged men, from all reports, destroy the livelihood of other people who are struggling to get by?”
“It’s the height of selfishness,” Wheeler concluded. “There are just some people who want to watch the world burn. That’s what we’re up against here.”
Tensions surrounding the new Portland autonomous zone, named “Red House on Mississippi,” are rising after members began arming themselves and stockpiling weapons a few days into their occupation. The violent protestors have attacked and threatened journalists and police officers.
The zone was established after the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office attempted to “re-secure a home” from protestors who had barricaded themselves onto the property on Tuesday. The house reportedly belonged to a black family who “lived there for decades,” but lost to foreclosure.
During the Sheriff’s attempts to allow the new owners to “erect fencing and board up the house” on Tuesday, people threw projectiles at officers. Shortly after the officers arrested some of the crowd for protesting, they were forced to return to the area where they were attacked again with projectiles after approximately 200 people knocked down the fence.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell issued a statement calling for a peaceful resolution to the occupation of the public space near downtown Portland.
“We are greatly concerned about the fortification of barricades, stockpiling of weapons, armed sentries, attacks on journalists & threats to kill officers in graffiti in this public space,” he wrote.
The antifa autonomous zone in Portland has expanded its borders to act as a larger buffer zone. They have written messages around the streets calling for people to kill Portland Police officers. They have guards standing at the checkpoints. pic.twitter.com/rJ90Gh92u0
Journalist Andy Ngo reported members of the violent group Antifa were among those rioting and attacking police within the “autonomous zone.”
Portland Police retreated both on foot and vehicle after responding to the antifa autonomous zone in north Portland yesterday. The street occupation has continued to grow in the hours since and more comrade reinforcements have come in to protect the zone. pic.twitter.com/GMCqFZ7QDf
More video of how antifa in Portland attacked police at the autonomous zone and made them retreat. They sprayed a chemical all over one police cruiser’s front window to completely block the view while others threw projectiles. pic.twitter.com/La91Tn2F5r
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who was hesitant to push back on the violent protests, riots, and occupations in his city earlier this summer, was quick to denounce the violence against Portland police on Tuesday. He authorized police “to use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation on North Mississippi Avenue and to hold those violating our community’s laws accountable.”
“There will be no autonomous zone in Portland,” Wheeler said.
We all agree many of our nation’s systems and structures are fundamentally racist and require significant reform. There’s a housing crisis, a health care crisis, an education crisis, an employment crisis, a mental health crisis, and an addiction crisis.
The mayor claimed that while the U.S. is “fundamentally racist,” breaking the law does more harm than good. He also took a stand against the reason for the occupation, noting that the foreclosure was legally executed.
It’s also true that illegal trespassing, ignoring lawful orders from police, blocking sidewalks and streets, and intimidating neighbors inflame these crises and make them more difficult to solve. That is what’s happening on North Mississippi Avenue right now.
It’s time for the encampment and occupation to end. There are many ways to protest and work toward needed reform. Illegally occupying private property, openly carrying weapons, threatening and intimidating people are not among them.
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