Policing the “far-right?”
How about policing the “far-left?!!!”
The last time I checked, Portland was into their 70th or 80th or whatever ridiculous number of straight nights of violence, burning, and looting, courtesy of the neo-fascist, radical, left-wing, rioters.
But, they’re giving up on policing the far-right?
How about even beginning to police the far-left?!
According to Andy Campbell for HuffPost [HuffPost is a liberal American news website], “The Portland Police Bureau [PPB] appears to have all but given up on policing the far-right factions brawling in the Oregon city’s streets, despite a recent escalation in violence that has seen those extremists throw explosives, brandish guns and in one case fire them at other protesters.”
“It’s common to see far-right extremist groups like the ‘Proud Boys’ exchanging blows with counter-protesters in Portland. They’ve been doing that for years, often as PPB officers watched until a riot was officially declared and then police cleared the streets using tear gas and other munitions.”
I must admit, I was not aware of these confrontations between the left and the right groups amid the rioting in Portland.
For some reason, it was a well-kept secret by the media.
And this is the first I’ve heard of “the proud boys” as well.
“But over the weekend, police took an entirely hands-off approach to the fighting, even as the demonstrations grew more violent than ever.”
Excuse me, but, you’re saying the Portland police taking a “hands-off approach” with the violence is news?
“As officers stood by on Saturday, the ‘Proud Boys’ and their far-right friends attacked and intimidated anti-fascist protesters using paintball guns, mace, fireworks, aluminum bats and various firearms, according to The Washington Post.”
The term “anti-fascist protesters,” which is used here, is a complete misnomer.
These radical, left-wing, agitators, are neither “anti-fascists” nor
They are neo-fascist terrorists.
And, oh, the poor, poor protesters!
They were being intimidated!!!
Can you imagine?!
The nerve of those ruthless “proud boys!”
Now, getting back to the “far-right” groups, as the HuffPost describes them, “One of them — notorious ‘Proud Boys’ organizer Alan Swinney — was seen pointing a gun at protesters, his finger on the trigger. Another ‘Proud Boy,’ Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, was present, per the Post, in apparent violation of his parole over an attack at a similar demonstration in 2017 (he wasn’t apprehended on Saturday, but a judge on Monday issued a warrant for his arrest).”
Now, this is a new wrinkle to the riot reporting.
They name the members of this “proud boy” group.
I don’t recall the media naming any members of the rioting group, much less attaching a name to the rioting group in general.
It’s obviously a preconceived propaganda strategy of the fake news.
“Meanwhile, over a loudspeaker, police encouraged those present to ‘self-monitor for criminal activity.’ In essence, the PPB had thrown up its hands.”
That’s a good one I haven’t heard before!
“In a statement to The Washington Post, the bureau said that officers were tired from responding to ongoing demonstrations against racism and police brutality, which have kept Portland in the national spotlight for weeks. Officers wouldn’t intervene in small skirmishes between ‘willing participants,’ even if the clashes fit the city’s definition of a riot.”
Can you blame them?
Can you blame them one little bit?
The correct answer to these questions is “no,” just in case you were wondering.
‘“Each skirmish appeared to involve willing participants and the events were not enduring in time, so officers were not deployed to intervene,’ the bureau said of Saturday’s events. PPB members have been the focus of over 80 days of violent actions directed at the police, which is a major consideration for determining if police resources are necessary to interject between two groups with individuals who appear to be willingly engaging in physical confrontations for short durations.”
This is an interesting development.
Sooo, what we have here is a type of government sanctioned lawlessness.
“Allowing local far-right groups to wreak havoc on the city isn’t a big departure for the PPB. As the ‘Proud Boys’ cheered, officers launched tear gas and other munitions at anti-fascist counter-protesters [Isn’t this a double negative? Who are we exactly talking about here?] during a rally in 2017, which left one antifa protester with a gas canister lodged in his head.”
No pictures of this, of course.
And what’s this “allowing local far-right groups to wreak havoc on the city” stuff?
It would appear that the “far-right groups” are wreaking havoc on the neo-fascist terrorists, not the city.
“Police gave the ‘Proud Boys’ an escort out of the city following a rally in 2018 that saw the far-right demonstrators outnumbered by anti-fascists. A key officer had a friendly and ongoing relationship with the leader of ‘Proud Boys’ affiliate group ‘Patriot Prayer,’ judging from texts obtained by Willamette Week.”
Is naming this person supposed to lend some kind of credence to the information?
Anyway, “But relinquishing the act of policing to the brawlers themselves is both new and concerning, especially given the context: Local extremists have escalated their violent tactics in recent weeks, brazenly introducing guns and a lot more weaponry to the melee.”
“Local right-wing protester Skylor Jernigan [Here they go naming names again.], who attended a conservative ‘flag wave’ demonstration in Portland earlier this month alongside Swinney, allegedly shot at Black Lives Matter protesters from inside a car. Nobody was hit.”
“He was later arrested and charged with two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon.”
This definitely seems like a case of “selective enforcement” of the law here.
“During the same event, Swinney was seen spraying protesters with chemical irritants and shooting them with rounds from a paintball gun. He faced no immediate consequence for those displays or for pointing a pistol at protesters this past Saturday.”
Nor should he, based on the prior treatment of “the protesters.”
I feel like it’s time to interject a couple applicable sayings here:
“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” for example.
And, “What goes around comes around.”
Or, how about, “You’ve made your bed, now you have to lie in it.”
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