On Sunday morning, Governor Kate Brown rescinded her joint policing order aimed at curbing violence in Portland, praising the police departments involved in keeping things calm. Just a day later, she reverses course, announcing that she is investigating the very same agencies for aleged use-of-force complaints during the very same events.
The Governor had previously declared a state of emergency ahead of Saturday’s planned Proud Boy rally, expecting violence. As part of this emergency, the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department and the Oregon State Patrol would work together to make sure the planned rally did not get out of control.
Surprise, surprise, the violence that local, county and state leaders forecasted never materialized, well at least from the far-right group. Their rally, consisting of over 1,000 attendees, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, was largely peaceful with only one incident of violence. In that incident, a man is seen assaulting a streamer. According to sources, that same man was later involved in yet another bar, having assaulted a woman and fled from police before their arrival. People present at both assaults tell PT News that the man was not part of the Proud Boys.
Anyway, that rally ended and the group left the city and the state immediately following the rally, meeting at a bar in Vancouver. The Antifa gathering, which was being held at another park in Portland before they left to try and fight the attendees at the Proud Boys rally, only to find that police were blocking their way, moved to downtown Portland. Before too long, the group of domestic terrorists posing as BLM movement participants blocked the roadway in-front of the justice center.
Several warnings from the Multnomah County Sherriff’s Office to clear the roadway went to deaf ears as the protesters would curse and yell at the police officers as they continued to block the road. Police moved in, clearing the roadway and making arrests. As soon as they retreated, the Antifa terrorists moved back into the roadway as one of the protesters with a loudspeaker began a chant saying “We are 100 percent Antifa.” These peaceful protesters burned an American Flag, and assaulted officers again, pelting them with bricks, rocks, water-bottles and smoke grenades.
Police again came out and forcefully pushed protesters out of the area. Seemingly unable to distinguish fake press from real press in the chaos, everyone was ordered out of the area. In numerous videos, rioters are seen “de-arresting” their fallen comrades by actively fighting police as they attempted to place people in custody. In one video below you see what that exactly entails, as these protesters actively fight police, while a man on a bullhorn provides instructions, and tells police that they “are severely outnumbered.”
MCSD announced late Sunday that there were 30 arrests connected to Saturdays protest. Governor Brown praised the joint policing enforcement actions conducted Saturday thanking OSP, MCSD and the Portland Police Bureau for their “professionalism preventing violence” on twitter, rescinding her executive order.
Not too long twitter warriors started commenting online in regards to the “brutality” of the police officers who pushed rioters from the area after repeated warnings, calling the actions taken by the police as “war crimes.”
That is interesting as these same protesters said the PPB’s prior use of CS gas amounted to war crimes. As a result of immense pressure from the Antifa crowd, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a directive to the Portland Police banning the use of tear gas on September 11th. That decision immediately came under scrutiny from the State Police who called the Mayor’s decision “reckless and short-sighted.”
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell broke ranks with the Mayor, who is also the Commissioner saying “CS gas is uncomfortable, but effective at dispersing crowds. We would rather not use it. We’d rather have those in the area follow the law and not engage in dangerous behavior. We provide plenty of warning and everyone there had the opportunity to leave to avoid the use of force.” It is worth mentioning that the Mayor threw a hissy-fit when he learned that the police department broke ranks from the Mayor’s office and demanded that the police department follow his orders.
Portland Police Association President also apparently forecasted the future, forcefully claiming that this order will blow up in the mayor’s face, which it seemingly has.
“What he does not seem to understand is that the CS ban will force officers to use more impact munitions and use more physical force to disperse crowds. His decision hurts community safety and impacts officer safety,” said PPA President Daryl Turner.
Governor Brown appears to have caved under the pressure of the Antifa powers-that-be announcing that she would be opening an investigation into the use-of-force taken by police on Saturday. It seems that law enforcement officers in Portland will never get a break. If they use CS gas to avoid the physical requirements of clearing a violent gathering, they are wrong. If CS gas is banned and police are forced to use physical force to disperse the crowd, they are using too much force. The leadership in Portland and in the States government clearly does not appreciate the Portland Police or the law abiding residents of the city.