Editor note: After publishing the initial article, we learned that the Twitter account claiming to belong to a national “Antifa” organization – which pushed violent rhetoric surrounding the ongoing protests – has been linked to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa. That’s according to a Twitter spokesperson.
Law enforcement officials tell Law Enforcement Today that it doesn’t change their level of concern. They specifically cited the danger posed by the account, pointing out that the idea of disinformation campaigns like we’re seeing here is often to inspire people into violent action or reaction or create “copy cats” attacks of the original vision.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on the latest developments.
WASHINGTON D.C.- Hours after President Trump declared that he’ll be designating Antifa as a terror organization, they reportedly made the ultimate threat – we’re bringing the war to the suburbs.
Now authorities are on high alert – regardless of who may be behind it.
Screenshots of the above post have been circulating throughout law enforcement agencies tonight.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 31, 2020
It was reportedly put up on Twitter not long before the Antifa-named account was suspended. As a result, we’ve been unable to do more digging into the history of the account and the legitimacy of it (see editor note above).
Twitter exploded shortly after the post was put up, with some people expressing fear, others expressing outrage… and yet others encouraging Antifa to “bring the war to us so we can end it’.
BREAKING: DC Antifa heading to White House within the hour
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 31, 2020
Here’s part of the challenge in responding to – or combating – Antifa.
The group seemingly has no national leadership. It’s more of a loosely affiliated partnership of autonomous local groups of far-left activists.
And that’s why some say it’s a hard enemy to fight.
The Left would rather support a terrorist organization than condemn Antifa because it would mean Trump is right.
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) May 31, 2020
We’ll be keeping you updated as this story develops. Stay alert – keep your doors and windows locked – and be prepared.
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) May 31, 2020
Here’s more on Antifa from today out of Portland, Oregon.
Videos of the protests happening in Portland showed a brutal display of violence coming from the demonstrators of Black Lives Matter. The level of brutality shown can be easily labeled as near-lethal assaults.
One video showcases a man doing nothing more than holding an American flag. One protester adorned in black bloc jams a finger in the face of the older gentleman holding the flag and says:
“We’re fucking done with people like you.”
After making that statement, the Antifa-style clad aggressor then throws a punch at the man. Another among the protesters grabs the man’s flag to pull him toward the group of the Black Lives Matter crowd.
Suddenly, several people swarm the man, some trying to save him while others continuously assault him.
This report comes shortly after President Donald Trump stated that Antifa will be labeled a terrorist organization.
This announcement couldn’t come at a more needed time.
The man was eventually removed from the scene, but the victim was clearly disoriented and the state of his injuries is unknown.
During the first video of the Portland assaults, the camera breaks away from the man with the flag being assaulted and shows another man in a blue shirt and jeans backing away from a crowd of masked protesters telling him to leave the area.
A second video then captures what happened to the man from presumably the same group shortly thereafter.
Portland: A man tried to help the man carrying a US flag who was getting beaten on the ground at yesterday’s antifa/BLM riot. They chased him away and kicked him in the face when he was unconscious on the ground: #Antifa #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/xqKTYT5tPl
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) May 31, 2020
Three men start chasing the victim, who eventually gets shoved down by one of the masked individuals.
The victim appeared to have been knocked unconscious by the fall alone, but another from the group violently kicks him in the head.
On the ground where the man was kicked, a spattered plot of blood stained the concrete.
Some of the Black Lives Matter protesters did render aid to the man who was attacked, but others were simultaneously taunting him as well. One person can be heard saying, in a jovial manner:
“Knocked his mother fucking ass out.”
Another person can be heard saying:
“Black lives matter, you f*ggot.”
The irony is, that all the violent aggressors in the videos shown don’t appear to be black.
In fact, the only people that came to help and render medical attention to the injured man were two black women.
It has gotten to the point where black demonstrators are having to document the likes of Antifa being the ones responsible for the destruction.
One woman starts recording two women who are spray painting the side of a Starbucks with “BLM,” and she calls them out on camera.
WATCH: BLM protester calls out white Antifa for vandalizing local Starbucks pic.twitter.com/O7ThXtapvt
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 31, 2020
During the video she says:
“Let me tell you something. This is not a black woman who is putting up ‘Black Lives Matter.’ I just want you to know.”
The woman addresses the two vandals caught on camera, who appear to be Antifa black bloc, and tells them:
“We didn’t ask you to do that. Don’t spray stuff on here when they’re gonna blame black people for this and black people didn’t do it.”
When the two masked women just walked away after the vandalism, the woman says to them:
“Y’all are part of the problem.”
The woman then turns the camera back to herself, to provide a narrative of what she witnessed:
“When the news comes on, they’re gonna say we did that. We didn’t do that. Stuff like this ain’t right. That’s what the problem is.
We’re out here standing together peacefully protesting, without any problems. You’ve got people of all races spraying on buildings talking about ‘black lives matter’ – that ain’t even us.”
Perhaps, one of the most powerful statements delivered by the young woman was the following:
“Don’t let the media fool you. When you see the vandalism on these places, know that it wasn’t us.”
It’s safe to say, we’re starting to get a real clear picture of what’s going on.
Here’s the good news.
After nights of violence – in many states fueled by Antifa militants – President Trump announced on Sunday that the United States of America will be designating it as a terrorist organization.
Last July, two Republican senators pushed to label the anti-fascist group Antifa as “domestic terrorists”.
The move came after their protests in Portland, Oregon where a conservative journalist was attacked.
The two senators are Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
They proposed the resolution to the Senate to condemn the actions taken by Antifa and to mark the group as “domestic terrorists.”
The two put out a statement where Cruz went after Antifa, calling them “a group of hateful, intolerant radicals” that use “aggressive violence” to advance their “unhinged agenda” and that their “actions” have shown that their “only purpose” was to “inflict harm on those who oppose their views.”
“Antifa is a group of hateful, intolerant radicals who pursue their unhinged agenda through aggressive violence,” Sen. Cruz said.
“Time and time again, their actions have demonstrated that their only purpose is to inflict harm on those who oppose their views.
The hate and violence they spread must be stopped, and I am proud to introduce this resolution with Senator Cassidy to properly identify what Antifa are: domestic terrorists.”
Cassidy also went after the group in his statement.
He called them “violent masked bullies” that are “protected by liberal privilege” when they “‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism” and called for “courage, not cowardice” by elected officials “who allow violence against the innocent.”
“Antifa are terrorists, violent masked bullies who ‘fight fascism’ with actual fascism, protected by Liberal privilege,” said Dr. Cassidy. “With bullies, they get their way until someone says no. There must be courage, not cowardice, from the elected officials who allow violence against the innocent.”
In the actual resolution, it references the attack on conservative journalist Andy Ngo during an Antifa protest in Portland in June.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 29, 2019
In July, authorities in Portland, Oregon started calling for laws that will help curb violence at demonstrations. Among those laws would be one that would prohibit protestors from wearing masks.
What happened to @MrAndyNgo is horrible and inexcusable. The #mayor @tedwheeler should be resign for what he has done to #portland. I feel bad for the @PortlandPolice having their hands tied. The socialists with #antifa are dangerous and un-American. pic.twitter.com/k7PV2YTUgW
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 30, 2019
Another would allow police to videotape demonstrations and would also give the city more control over rallies organized by groups that have violent histories.
“We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,’’ police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a Wednesday news conference.
That conference was held to address the violence in June during three competing downtown demonstrations.
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) June 29, 2019
A number of people were hurt during them when ANTIFA battled with conservative protestors with the Proud Boys and supporters of the #HimToo movement.
Oregon wouldn’t be the first state. 15 other states and a number of countries have anti-mask laws.
Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon said it’s a violation of the Constitution.
“A policy that prohibits wearing a mask to a protest will have police focusing on the wrong issue,” said Sarah Armstrong.
She’s a spokeswoman for the group.
“Behavior is the issue, not the mask,” she said.
“It could be argued that the mask is an important symbolic part of a protester’s message. … There are many legitimate reasons people wear ‘masks,’ including political and religious reasons.”
VIDEO: 'Riot' Erupts in Portland, Ore. May Day Protest pic.twitter.com/IOr2g4qQId
— azcentral (@azcentral) May 2, 2017
But Outlaw said the masks are actually a matter of public safety.
“A lot of people are emboldened because they know they can’t be identified,’’ Outlaw said.
Obviously this all went down before cities started requiring masks to combat the spread of the current pandemic.
Opponents say these laws would deprive people anonymity to express their views and would violate their First Amendment rights.
“We looked into it previously and the constitutional free speech issues are difficult to overcome, at least in Oregon, said Tim Crail, chief of staff for Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
On Saturday night in Washington, the National Guard was activated by Governor Jay Inslee in Washington State due to complete civil unrest and chaos in downtown Seattle.
At the mayor’s request, Inslee authorized up to 200 guards members to respond. The Governor stated, however, the guards members would be unarmed.
As violence erupted across the state, social media warriors decided to attack officers after a child was impacted by pepper spray.
Perhaps the real question that should be asked is why people are bringing their kids to violent riots – but hey, what do we know?
A child was hit by pepper spray in Seattle. Hey dumbfucks, stop bringing your kids to riots. pic.twitter.com/zH8fQEWhPS
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) May 31, 2020
Antifa are said to be running rampant on the ground in Seattle this Saturday night.
Police vehicles are burning in the streets. One reported Antifa member stole a rifle out of a burning police car.
WATCH: ANTIFA militant steals police rifle from burned SUV before a cop steals it back.
Quite a scene in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/W3EmPo5XGw
— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) May 31, 2020
He was approached by a what appeared to be an officer at gunpoint and quickly surrendered the gun back to the officer.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 31, 2020
The officer appears to be completely alone in the video and unable to even take the thief into custody.
It was reported in some places that the man who disarmed the Antifa member was actually a security guard. It’s unknown at this time exactly who he was affiliated with.
Another rifle is said to be outstanding from the several burning police vehicles.
The rain was unable to keep out Seattle Protesters Saturday, nor was a 5 pm curfew enacted by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
Looting the Cheesecake Factory in downtown Seattle. pic.twitter.com/lzCqf0Kozm
— Mark Bski ??? (@MarkBski) May 31, 2020
The Mayor said:
“While most of those protests were peaceful, there have been isolated but significant events of violence and destruction.
Major chaos in Seattle right now, fires and fights in the street. The Nordstrom department store has been set ablaze. pic.twitter.com/CAl7kdiDEj
— George Floyd Protest Updates (@LaraHReid) May 31, 2020
This temporary curfew is intended to preserve the health and safety of our residents by keeping our streets safe and accessible for essential workers and first responders and preventing the further spread of COVID-19.”
The city announced:
LIVE: Downtown Seattle right now pic.twitter.com/bhK5MbmShH
— #1 In Seattle Entertainment (@DubseaTV) May 31, 2020
“The curfew is intended to prevent violence and widespread property damage, and to prevent the further community spread of COVID-19 through continued gathering.
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) May 30, 2020
“The temporary curfew does not impact people who need to commute to work during these hours, people experiencing homelessness, people in a medical emergency or people in a dangerous situation, first responders, health care workers, and the news media.
— delacherry ? (@jerrydelacherry) May 30, 2020
In addition, the curfew does not require businesses to close while it is in effect, and it will not alter public transit schedules.”
Police were forced to pepper spray rioters who got too close to their lines. Some police used their bikes to push back against the crowd.
Several officers were said to have been injured so far. Multiple arrests have been made but police don’t have an exact count at this point.
Washington State Patrol was forced to close both directions of I-5 through Seattle between I-90 and Highway 520 while protesters marched on the freeways.
Governor Inslee said:
“The National Guard is on stand by to assist the Seattle Police Department as requested by Mayor Durkan. They will be unarmed and assist with infrastructure protection and crowd movement. They will only be utilized if absolutely necessary and we appreciate their efforts to help in this important work.”
It’s unknown what the National Guard is supposed to do while they’re unarmed against the domestic terrorist rioters.
According to the City’s Proclamation of Civil Emergency the following damage was done during the riots so far:
- Multiple Seattle Police Department officers injured;
- Multiple community members injured;
- Several arrests made;
- Demonstrators throwing bottles at police officers;
- Demonstrators throwing lit fireworks into crowds;
- Demonstrators have set several SPD vehicles on fire;
- Demonstrators have thrown several Molotov cocktails at vehicles;
- Two AR-15 rifles have been stolen from SPD vehicles, one recovered and one outstanding; and
- Seattle Fire Department currently has limited, and occasionally completely restricted, access to buildings that are on fire.
Weapons in the area have been banned.
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