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#141 Post by drwintercreeper » Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:51 pm

That is impressive. I have hope that we will come together sooner rather than later. This country is built on protest.... thats why a shitload of loyalists left after the Brits lost the American War of Independence. It may be unwieldy, but protesting is what makes us us.

To those that want to play the law and order card, please keep supporting federal intervention into cities. I am sure it won't backfire and turn even more voters off the repubs.
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#142 Post by mockbee » Sun Jul 26, 2020 2:45 am

Really good article on Portland and where the movememt is going (has really always been) here.....

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Will make a lot of the transplant white progressive Portlanders squirm, but is totally spot on...

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Who Gets to Be a ‘Naked Athena’?

On weirdness, whiteness and federal agents in Portland



By Mitchell S. Jackson
Mr. Jackson is a writer.

July 25, 2020

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A nude protester faces off against law enforcement officers during a protest against racial inequality in Portland, Ore., on July 18.


A nude protester faces off against law enforcement officers during a protest against racial inequality in Portland, Ore., on July 18.Credit...Nathan Howard/Reuters
“Naked Athena.” Have you heard of her? She’s the woman who was so christened after she strolled into a recent Portland protest — one that was ostensibly, crucially, about Black lives — stark naked, save a mask (kudos to that) and skullcap. She sat down with her legs wide, and proceeded to do some yoga poses. Some say she was putting herself between protesters and police, that she was turning the cultural sacredness of a white (or at least a white-passing) woman’s body into a shield against rubber bullets and tear gas.

Naked Athena — whose friend describes her as a light-skinned person of color and outspoken feminist — said nada during her demonstration and hasn’t been interviewed, so I can’t know her intentions. What I can say with confidence is that what she did was aligned with the “weird” that Portland espouses in its beloved slogan: “Keep Portland Weird.” What I can say with reasonable assurance is that, were she a Black woman, she would’ve reaped a different public reaction than the ample awe and admiration I’ve seen on social media. And what I must say is that no matter her intentions, for a moment at least, she might’ve upstaged the movement, and not in a way I could discern as connected to its stated objectives.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate Naked Athena, and the white Navy veteran whose passivity exposed the bellicose bent of federal agents. I’m thankful for the passion and courage of other white allies during this movement.

But I’ve also been musing on the subject of weirdness — how that quality requires freedom, or at least the belief that one possesses it. How the ability to express passion and courage and weirdness is a product of that privilege; how a sense of utopianism of the sort that exists for white people in Portland, my hometown, leads to a certain audacity when it comes to both self-expression and political radicalism; how that audacity can make a city into a tempting target for a federal government that’s determined to look tough against a purported paragon of eccentric liberalism.

Let’s be clear: Oregon was intended as a white man’s Zion. And since its admission into the union, it has remained one. That isn’t intended to distract from, or in any way excuse, the ongoing state violence there; it’s just that there should be no serious discussion of my home state or what’s happening in my home city that excludes or forgets its founding ethos.

Oregon Country’s provisional government passed a law excluding Blacks from the territory and, though it voted against slavery, thanks to a member of its first provisional government — a former slave holder from Missouri — it amended this law to disallow Blacks from remaining within its borders beyond a three-year residence. You wouldn’t know unless you Sherlocked that Oregon once boasted the largest KKK chapter west of the Mississippi, that it waited over 100 years after the Civil War to ratify the 14th Amendment; it took almost 90 years to ratify the 15th.

In the years since, Oregon’s largest city has done a bang-up job of marketing itself as a bastion of lefty quirkiness as well as a place for great food, beautiful landscapes, formidable cultural scenes and, of course, Just Doing It. But the laws keeping black people out? Oregonians didn’t vote to scrub them from the state’s books ’til 2002.

Per the latest U.S. census statistics, Oregon is 86.7 percent white, and 2.2 percent Black. Portland itself is 77.1 percent white and 5.8 percent Black. That’s why the Black Lives Matter protests there look like they do — white. They have to; that’s who lives there.

But in a monolith, it’s even easier for white people to center themselves at the expense of those they claim to support. That must make it harder to know where the line is between amplifying a voice and becoming the voice, between ardent allyship and white saviorship, between the values of a cause and the culture of a city. But the difficult thing, the complicated thing, is this movement can’t afford to be distorted by “weird.”

My beloved City of Roses made a great showing at the outset of the Black Lives Matter protests; you might’ve seen them gathered in a thousands-strong die-in on the Burnside Bridge, a preponderance of white faces turned downward in an apt symbol of George Floyd, pinned and pleading, under the knee of Derek Chauvin. It made me proud to witness my city’s collective conscience over the tragic death of a Black man in far-off Minneapolis.

But I’ve felt a bit more ambivalent about the past 50-some days of protests since. A small few have employed anarchist tactics, and/or seem to have lost the vision of a unified agenda. And I’ve seen nary national coverage of the smaller marches or activism led by Blacks and other people of color out in the Numbers: what we call the part of the city that Black people were dispersed to when whites gentrified my old neighborhood.

And now, the feds are there.

When I hear Keep Portland Weird, it always sounds to me a lot like Keep Portland White. But I imagine for the 76.3 percent of Americans who still claim white alone on the census, it sounds like Keep Portland a Symbol. Portland is Portlandia. Portland is the new frontier for migrating Brooklyn hipsters. Portland is Bush Sr.’s “Little Beirut,” the same place where almost all-white Antifa activists once battled neo-fascist Proud Boys. Portland whiteness: It leans way left but stretches far right.

It’s the opposite of ironic, isn’t it? A president who has defended white supremacists and championed white-power-esque policies sent federal agents to a notable bulwark of liberal whiteness, a place engaged in brazen support of a movement pursuing Black freedom. The footage has been straight terrifying: Agents instigating violence, abducting people into unmarked cars, providing more evidence of an administration trooping double-time toward totalitarianism. Can you imagine if Trump dispatches these tactics to Chicago and Albuquerque, to blacker and browner cities elsewhere?

Let me back up: This ain’t me arguing that whiteness always leads to weirdness; that weirdness is necessarily connected to anarchy, and, hell, even anarchists don’t excuse fascism. People ringing the alarm about what’s happening in Portland are right. But Portland’s racial dynamics aren’t a distraction from the real story of what’s happening there; they’re at the heart of it. And what bothers me is that, amid the naked woman, the brave white veterans, the heroic wall of lullabying white moms, the tear-gassed mayor, and the unidentified federal agents, we’ve once again stopped discussing the fight against institutional racism and state-sponsored violence against Black people in this country.

Those objectives were on my mind in mid-June when my homeboy forwarded me a clip of Portland protesters toppling a statue of Thomas Jefferson at his eponymous high school — the Oregon high school with the largest share of Black students, and where I graduated in 1993 (One time for the Demos!). Go figure, white men were part of the small crowd that cheered and tugged the statue on the ground and bashed it.

And peep this: I must’ve passed that statue a hundred-plus times over the years, and not a once did it occur to me that I could do a damn thing about its flagrance.

Amen that it did to those audacious few. These decades hence, I’ve realized that, though born and raised in the Rose City, it has never been my utopia, and in truth was never meant to be. It’s only ever been a home: where whiteness hovers over us Black folk, as perennial as old Jefferson’s duplicitous self-evident truth.



Mitchell S. Jackson is the author of The Residue Years and Survival Math. His next novel John of Watts is forthcoming. He teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

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#143 Post by mockbee » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:33 am

This.




And if anyone is surprised that a black dude who lives in Portland within the protest zone with an American flag walking around talking to people is called every racial slur in the book by the protesters, isn't paying attention. Yes, anarchists. But it is also NW white "progressives" problem. That just goes to show these nightly "protests" have NOTHING to do with BLM and racial equality. Absolutely nothing. It has to do with Anarchists, Fed response to Anarchists and progressive liberal frustrations. All those grievances are actually understandable. A lot of the tactics are shit, either violent or ineffective, and always the narrative is completely messed up.

Just google what the crowd called Marissa Johnson at the Sanders rally in Seattle in 2015, and take a look at the thousands of comments from the "progressives." They don't care about BLM and still don't. Stop using their name and let them speak for themselves and listen to what they are saying. There are weekly speeches and small rallys around the country, including in Portland, that BLM organizes. The problem is, hardly anyone attends. BLM has intelligent things to say and specific demands. Nothing has changed, just no white people are comfortable enough to address it. NONE OF THEM.



It's complicated, yes.

And the one sure thing is that we all lap up the story we want to hear and we get served that story by the source that knows what we demand to hear.

None of the media is addressing the real problems.

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#144 Post by mockbee » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:01 am

Takes 27 minutes to watch this.

Highly recommended.





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#145 Post by mockbee » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:39 am

I rode my bike down to the Federal Building in downtown Portland yesterday during the day to see what the hell is going on down there.

There was hardly anyone within a 10 block radius about 2pm, but 10 square city blocks looked absolutely terrible. You could smell and feel the tear gas in your eyes and throat, left over from nightly deployments. EVERYTHING was boarded up. ALL of downtown looks like an 80s dystopian urban scene from a cheesy movie. Shitty scrawled graffiti everywhere. Mostly Anarchists symbols, ACAB, "F the police" etc. No BLM supporting graffiti. The national news on Portland has NOTHING to do with BLM. It has everything to do with Anarchists, Fed response to Anarchists and frustrated progressive liberals who don't like Trump. Nothing to do with Black lives.

When I rode up from the riverfront park, three blocks, I could see a couple independent welder contractor trucks at the metal fence barricade. They were working on putting the fence back together from the toppling the night before. No police where in sight, no Feds with guns were in sight. Just the contractor working on the fence totally exposed. The only people were in the park with a couple dozen tents eating and watching the guy put the fence back up. There was Riot Ribs grilling up meat and serving it to about a dozen people. It was festive. I have no idea how they could stand the residual stench of pepper spray and tear gas. I was gasping for air and had to get out of there. Pretty much just a violent game here between the anarchists and the Feds/police. People were just probably sleeping in the several dozen tents and relaxing, waiting for nightfall. There was literally zero police/Fed presence during the day.

Have a lot more I could say, but don't want to waste my time here if i'm just talking to myself.

Need to go out for a ride anyways before it hits 100 deg F......

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#146 Post by Larry B. » Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:18 pm

I'm interested in reading, if that's worth anything. I'm not commenting much here, but I do read.

I find it a bit sad how predictable this all is. When we had the protests here last year, I might have even predicted that this would happen in the US, and that the police would use the exact same tactics... and how the press would react, and what sides people would take. And it's 100% predictable. The same discourse of "anarchists/terrorists" to describe people who do graffiti or throw stones at armed policemen or businesses; policemen/mercenaries downright kidnapping people in unmarked cars; policemen murdering protesters or severely injuring them; and a long list of disgusting acts of violence towards civilians who are basically demanding their human rights be respected.

And of course, many civilians aligning with that discourse.

It saddens me.

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#147 Post by guysmiley » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:26 pm

I agree with everything you said mockbee. I tried to avoid watching everything, but I eventually couldn't avoid it. I'm sad for my old city. I saw it changing over the last few years. Influx rich young dummies moving in and rent hikes. I know it's complicated. I get marching in the daytime, but no good will come hanging around at night. i just can't believe a leader of any kind hasn't stood up and stopped it all. FEDs and everyone should go home. Half my FB friends are semi-radical at this point. Everything is left or right and no middle ground. People really need to step back and evacuate some of their own bias and thinking. We are all flawed.

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#148 Post by mockbee » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:36 pm

Larry B. wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:18 pm
I'm interested in reading, if that's worth anything. I'm not commenting much here, but I do read.

I find it a bit sad how predictable this all is. When we had the protests here last year, I might have even predicted that this would happen in the US, and that the police would use the exact same tactics... and how the press would react, and what sides people would take. And it's 100% predictable. The same discourse of "anarchists/terrorists" to describe people who do graffiti or throw stones at armed policemen or businesses; policemen/mercenaries downright kidnapping people in unmarked cars; policemen murdering protesters or severely injuring them; and a long list of disgusting acts of violence towards civilians who are basically demanding their human rights be respected.

And of course, many civilians aligning with that discourse.

It saddens me.
Thanks Larry. :bigrin:

I still remember reading all your updates with the Santiago protests. Riveting stuff and really gave a lot of depth to the events.

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#149 Post by mockbee » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:42 pm

guysmiley wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:26 pm
I agree with everything you said mockbee. I tried to avoid watching everything, but I eventually couldn't avoid it. I'm sad for my old city. I saw it changing over the last few years. Influx rich young dummies moving in and rent hikes. I know it's complicated. I get marching in the daytime, but no good will come hanging around at night. i just can't believe a leader of any kind hasn't stood up and stopped it all. FEDs and everyone should go home. Half my FB friends are semi-radical at this point. Everything is left or right and no middle ground. People really need to step back and evacuate some of their own bias and thinking. We are all flawed.

I understand trying to avoid it. It's tough. I really didn't want to go down there and be angry at everything and everybody. But I had to. I wanted to see for myself what this is and gain my own perspective instead of it being filtered through the media. It really illuminated some thoughts that I have been having after watching videos and reading different articles on the events. I feel much more clear about where I stand with what is going on. It's not good, not good at all, but at least I have some more clarity.

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#150 Post by Artemis » Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:52 am

I too read your posts with interest, mockbee. I don't usually comment but I read. Getting a first hand account or perspective from someone who lives there is more trustworthy, imo. Same as Larry's experiences in Santiago.

Keep sharing, guys!

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#151 Post by chaos » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:51 am

Artemis wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:52 am

Keep sharing, guys!

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#152 Post by mockbee » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:15 am

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#153 Post by chaos » Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:10 am

In NYC:

The Warrant Squad? Assaulted with rocks and bottles? W T F
So this is how you get arrested in 2020.

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#154 Post by mockbee » Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:24 am

If that video/story is real. THAT is fucked up. :scared:

Violently abducted for messing with cameras..... :no:

There had better be more to this.
Trump wants violent riots......I wonder if there are enough anarchists in other cities to make his dreams come true.....

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#155 Post by mockbee » Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:48 am

The problem is we have politicians like Mayor Wheeler not taking care of problems before they become out of control. He actually believes anarchists can be reasoned with. He is crazy.

Then you have Trump who is gleeful at the opportunity to inflame and provoke the situation.

Cities going up in flames goes right into Trumps hands. The general population will not support it. Many protesters here are verbally supporting it amd all are implicitly supporting it by not leaving immediately when violence starts (when anarchists lob molotov cocktails at the courthouse, throw munitions at officers with nails strapped to them, and knives) If they think they are saboteurs, leave anyways and don't shout your support. You'd be left with a couple dozen anarchists at best and the police could round them up.....

Many people staying at night are actually saying violent means may be necessary. They may as well be carrying Trump 2020 signs......

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Readers respond: A skewed view of the violence
Today 7:00 AM
Letters to the editor


I was astonished when I watched TV news and read news stories about the protests last Wednesday night. The media is not honestly portraying what actually happened. I watched it live and what I saw was the mayor trying to talk to a rude, unruly, group of over 1,000. The language from the audience was so foul one of the TV channels said it could not air it live. Even though I don’t think the mayor has done anything to stop the violence, I was actually afraid for him. The crowd was so angry. It was obvious the mayor instilled even more anger in the crowd.


There was no doubt the crowd would become violent, given the fire set inside the federal building fence by people in the crowd throwing Molotov cocktails, as a TV report stated. The mayor had to know the feds would use tear gas as a result. The mayor should have ended his talk by saying we should all now go home and then leave himself. Instead he went over to the fence where the violence was occurring. What is so wrong is the way things are portrayed by the far left politicians. It is just now a political event, not a peaceful protest. It is so sad there is no attempt to control this.

Karen P. Hook, Portland

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#156 Post by clickie » Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:04 am

You can still watch live streams every night
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#157 Post by mockbee » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:49 am

Feds left two nights ago.

Violence stopped two nights ago.

Thank God....

Hope it stays that way. It's precarious because We have been lucky that the protester (anarchist) fires/tearing down of fences/etc has been shouted down and spoken out against by BLM sympathizers when starting up at night as well. Very tenuous state.

We have a gigantic mess to clean up. :balls:

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#158 Post by mockbee » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:19 pm


I’m the Police Chief in Portland. Violence Isn’t the Answer.


As a Black man and a public servant, I see that spectacle is drowning out the voices that need to be heard to make positive change.


By Chuck Lovell

Mr. Lovell is the chief of the Police Bureau in Portland, Ore.

Aug. 3, 2020
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Military veterans participating in a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 30, in Portland, Ore.


After the horrendous killing of George Floyd, people in Portland, Ore., joined with thousands across the country in demonstrations to address police reform and widespread systemic racism. The leaders of the Portland Police Bureau denounced this tragic death, and we reiterated our willingness to engage in reforms.

But Portland has now faced weeks of extreme difficulties and drew intense national attention after federal officers were deployed here.

As police officers, our duty is to uphold the rights of anyone to assemble peacefully and engage in free speech. But over the months of protests, a concerning dynamic developed. People protested peacefully, while others engaged in dangerous activities that could have resulted in injury and even death.

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After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations in Portland, Ore., following the killing of George Floyd, violence erupted on Friday, May 29.


The night of May 29 was a pivotal moment for our city. Hundreds of people, in a coordinated effort, attacked the Justice Center, which includes our Central Precinct station and the Multnomah County Detention Center. They broke into the building, destroyed the first-floor interior and lit fires. Afterward, there was looting and destruction downtown.

Yet in the following weeks, thousands of people demonstrated peacefully in an awesome expression of First Amendment rights. The Police Bureau had little to no interaction with members of this group, because they did not allow criminal activity to impede their message.

As a Black man and a public servant, I have a unique perspective. I agree with a local pastor, E.D. Mondainé, who stated these “spectacles” are drowning out the voices that need to be heard to make positive change. This violence is doing nothing to further the Black Lives Matter movement.

On one night, for example, individuals screwed the doors of our North Precinct station shut, barricaded other entrances and lit the station on fire with people inside. Nearby businesses, owned by people of color, were damaged and looted. On other nights, there were multiple attempts to breach the Justice Center. Other law enforcement facilities were targeted, including the union building, which was broken into and had fires set within.

Violence and destruction have also been directed at the federal courthouse, which sits next to the Justice Center. The president sent additional federal agents to Portland, and our city became national news.

Gov. Kate Brown recently negotiated an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to remove federal agents in stages and have them replaced by Oregon State Police. The governor acknowledged that this might not be the end of the violence. I hope she is wrong.

Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city with smart, progressive people, and I am hopeful we can come together to move beyond the unrest and refocus on critical issues.

The Portland Police Bureau remains committed to protecting life and responding to events as appropriate. I am proud of our efforts in extreme circumstances few in the country have faced.

During these events, our agency has responded to assaults, stabbings, shootings, people with guns and the stockpiling of explosives. Shooting off commercial-grade fireworks and mortars is not peaceful protest. We are fortunate that no one has been killed.

There are those who say the Portland police have not done enough to quell violence. I ask them to come speak with our officers, who have been responding for two months to protests. They have served with professionalism, courage and resiliency through an extraordinary time. Many have been injured and some have received threats of violence to themselves or their families. They would prefer to return to regular patrol and investigative duties and see peace in our community.

The voices of victims are not heard as well. Because of the protests, officers have not been able to respond to 911 calls or have been delayed for hours. Investigators’ cases lie on their desks as they work nights to process arrests. We have seen an alarming increase in shootings and homicides. We need to redirect our focus to preventing and solving these crimes that are taking a hugely disproportionate number of minority lives.

I have said frequently that the Portland Police Bureau is committed to reform. We are a progressive agency and have demonstrated our willingness to change over the past eight years. Working with the Department of Justice, we have made significant changes to our policies and training. The Portland Police Bureau’s policy on the use of deadly force is more restrictive than state and federal law.

We recently enhanced our Community Engagement Unit to help build trust and legitimacy with the communities we serve. We have also developed several advisory councils that help the Police Bureau make decisions with the benefit of a diverse set of inputs.

The Portland Police Bureau has had an equity and inclusion office for over five years. I recently changed the organizational structure to have it report directly to me, to ensure we are prioritizing its work.

I have confidence in our community and the people who have dedicated their lives to building relationships with police. They have stood up and said no more violence. I stand with them with a servant’s heart, committed to being leaders in police reform.

Chuck Lovell is the chief of the Police Bureau in Portland, Ore

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#159 Post by mockbee » Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:25 pm

Another night on Lombard in Portland.

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Thank god the feds are gone so we dont have to be a national/international embarrasment anymore.

Closing down major arterial streets and starting fires in the street and inside the police station you just broke into may not be the best path for collecting support.

They (anarchists with enabler protesters) have been trying to sabotage/take over the North Precinct for over a month now. Not much the police can do at this point.

Notice the lack of tear gas. Police have been banned from using it.


Surprising no one has been killed yet.
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Police declare riot amid protest at union building; no injuries in area shootings
Updated 2:25 PM; Today 5:50 AM

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A protest outside a police union building in North Portland was declared a riot overnight after some in the crowd broke into the building, police say.

Portland police said demonstrators caused damage inside the Portland Police Association building. Police declared a riot and eventually cleared the area, using undescribed crowd control munitions that did not include tear gas.

Three people were arrested and jailed in connection with the protest, which spanned several hours beginning Tuesday night.

The demonstration, which began as a march from North Portland’s Peninsula Park, was punctuated by the riot declaration, a pair of shootings in the area and tense moments as a driver in a pickup truck raced through a street where the crowd was assembled, metal sparks flying from the undercarriage where a motorcycle had been lodged.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1290895559071371265 No injuries were reported in the shootings or incident with the pickup truck.

Tuesday’s protests — outside the police union building and elsewhere — marked the 69th consecutive day of demonstrations in Portland. Protesters have rallied against police brutality and anti-Black racism after the Minnesota police killing of George Floyd in late May.

The North Portland demonstration began as about 100 protesters gathered in Peninsula Park about 8 p.m.

The group began the 1.3-mile march toward the Portland Police Association building on North Lombard Street shortly before 9 p.m. There, they chanted in the street and listened to speakers. The contents of one trash bin was set on fire.

Police just after 10:30 p.m. warned some demonstrators to stop trying to break into the police association building or face arrest or use of force. They issued numerous warnings throughout the night, declaring the assembly unlawful and saying use of force and tear gas could be deployed.

A shock was sent through the crowd after 11 p.m., when the driver of a pickup truck raced through the crowded street with a motorcycle lodged underneath the truck’s front bumper.

The driver abandoned the truck blocks from the scene. No one was struck.

Video on Twitter showed a man who appeared to be the driver carrying a handgun and yelling at protesters as he walked away.

The driver was interviewed and released without charges, according to police.

Shortly before midnight, officers moved through the crowd to deal with someone trying to break into the back of the police association building, but they retreated shortly after.

Several gunshots were heard in the 7000 block of North Mobile Avenue, which is less than a half-mile from the police union building, about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. A vehicle was struck, according to police.

Then, about 15 minutes later, gunshots were heard near a 7-Eleven convenience store that’s close to the union building. The crowd scattered, and officers arrived to investigate and look for any potential victims. No one would speak to officers, police said.

Police didn’t report any injuries in either shooting.

Some demonstrators broke through the doors of the police union building and went inside by about 1:20 a.m., according to police.

Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, said in an email message to members that demonstrators tore a television from a wall, caused other damage and tried to start a fire on a kitchen floor. Protesters didn’t get into the main office, Turner wrote.

Police declared a riot shortly after protesters entered the building, and officers eventually dispersed the group. They used undescribed crowd control munitions during the dispersal.

Several people were arrested in the demonstration. Most of the crowd had left by 3:30 a.m.

Other Tuesday protests included a gathering outside the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct on Southeast 106th Avenue and the nightly demonstration near the downtown Multnomah Justice Center and federal courthouse.

Recent downtown protests have been fairly subdued in contrast to those from the previous few weeks, when protesters clashed with federal police who repeatedly released tear gas and munitions on crowds.

-- Jim Ryan; jryan@oregonian.com; 503-221-8005; @Jimryan015

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Re: 2020 US Racial/Political Protests and Riots

#160 Post by mockbee » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:15 pm

Something bigger going down tonight at the East Precinct with anfita/anarchist group. They love that Trump called them out today. Larger than normal group tonight with anarchists coming in from Seattle as well. They have come pretty close to setting the East Precinct on fire, have got small fires started inside the building with officers inside and barricading the doors. With greater numbers (30+) they will be able to fend off the police officers longer.

Cant beleive that some typical Portland "progressives" are marching with these people and defending them......

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Portland protests continue Friday after Trump denounces ‘lawless rioters’ (live updates)
Updated 8:57 PM; Today 8:49 PM


By Molly Harbarger | The Oregonian/OregonLive and Piper McDaniel | For The Oregonian/OregonLive
Protests continued Friday in Portland, hours after President Donald Trump slammed the demonstrations and the local police response to them.

Trump claimed federal agents could immediately stop some destructive acts at ongoing protests, if only they were asked to help. He said anarchists and “mobs” have been given free rein and that leftist Democrats want to replicate Portland’s lawlessness across the country.


The president’s remarks, delivered at an event in New Jersey, did not acknowledge that federal officers failed to quell demonstrations for weeks downtown. Tensions decreased only after state police took over the security of the federal courthouse eight days ago.

A much smaller group of protesters has gathered in recent nights for “direct action” events at Portland police buildings. Protesters have lit fires in trash cans, damaged doors and windows and thrown things at officers. Portland police have responded in force every night, including once with tear gas.

As he appeared to read from prepared remarks, Trump described the situation as an angry mob full of “lawless rioters” and assigned blame to Mayor Ted Wheeler. The mayor’s office said he had no comment in response to the remarks.

The president’s comments landed hours after the protests began anew in Portland for the 72nd straight night. The demonstrations started after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd and have focused on demanding systemic criminal justice reforms.

By 8:30 p.m., more than 100 protesters had collected at Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland. Many people were dressed in black from head to toe. A flyer on social media promoting the event told people to wear black.


As people started to gather, some people handed out handmade plywood shields in preparation for a potential clash with police. A group of about a dozen protesters practiced formations with shields. One protester led the group and helped them place their shields into an effective wall.

Several tables nearby offered resources, such as snacks, water, protective gear and pamphlets providing information about teargas.

The crowd will likely march to a nearby building shared by Portland police and the sheriff’s office, where police and protesters have clashed multiple times.

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, protesters gathered at Floyd Light Park in Southeast Portland, then marched to the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct. Police declared moved in to break up both gatherings after a handful of people damaged the building and lit a fire both nights inside trash cans.

Dave Killen, Kale Williams, Jayati Ramakrishnan, Samantha Swindler, Ryan Fernandez, Jim Ryan, Betsy Hammond, K. Rambo and Mark Graves of The Oregonian/OregonLive contributed to this report.

-- Piper McDaniel; @piperamcdaniel

-- Molly Harbarger; mharbarger@oregonian.com; 503-294-5923; @MollyHarbarger





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