Police Chief resigns, verbally attacked for declaring that violence in city was a ‘riot’

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BROOKLYN CENTER, MI – Embattled Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon has resigned from his position as of Tuesday, April 13, following the resignation of former Officer Kim Potter.

During a press conference Monday, he was verbally attacked regarding the violence that erupted in the city following Potter’s apparent accidental shooting of Daunte Wright by an officer on Sunday night.

Chief Gannon was called out for calling the violence a “riot.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott, who had already fired the city manager for saying former Officer Potter deserved due process, announced Potter and Gannon’s resignations Tuesday.

Over 500 protesters attacked police headquarters and looted dozens of businesses in the city, and in nearby Minneapolis, following the killing of the 20-year-old during a traffic stop. Officials and video, which was released on Monday, indicated Potter accidentally pulled her firearm thinking it was her Taser.

The officer can be heard on body camera video saying, “taser, taser, taser” before the shot was fired that killed Wright. Afterward, she can be heard in a distressed voice saying that she shot the man.

A reporter asked then-Chief at the press conference why he issued an order to disperse the crowd of “peacefully protesting” people in front of police headquarters.

Gannon said that the protesters were not peaceful, but rioting:

“Just so everyone’s clear. I was front and center at the protest, at the riot.”

A group of people in front of the Chief started shouting at the Chief as he tried to continue speaking. One woman said, “It was not a riot.”

It was unclear if the people shouting were the media or activists attending the presser.

Gannon responded that the situation was a riot:

“The officers who were putting themselves in harm’s way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop. They were being pelted with concrete blocks. And yes, we had our helmets on, and we had other protective gear, but yes an officer was injured, hit in the head with a brick.

“That was a Hennepin County Deputy. He was transported to the hospital, so we had to make decisions. We had to disperse the crowd because we cannot allow our officers to be harmed.”

Gannon added that protesters had plenty of time to vacate the area to avoid confrontation when ordered by police to do so. Gannon issued a dispersal order to the crowd around 10 p.m. and allowed the protesters ten minutes to leave the area before police reacted.

“Plenty of time was given to disperse. Once we got pelted, we responded in kind.”

When asked if he would give the same order given a second chance, he said he would:

“If we hadn’t moved people on, I don’t know what would’ve happened and I don’t know what would’ve reformed.

“We are going to have our officers lined up to protect this building, to protect this city the best we can.”

Gannon is not only under attack by the media for his actions to quell the riot: Before his resignation Tuesday, the Brooklyn Center City Council voted on Monday to recommend his termination. The recommendation was sent to the acting city manager for action. As stated above, the City Manager was fired Monday after saying former Officer Potter would receive “due process” for the shooting.

The council also voted to ban police from using crowd control tactics such as rubber bullets and tear gas while battling the riotous crowd.

The rioting resulted in damage to the police headquarters, two police vehicles, and about 20 businesses were totally destroyed.

The Minnesota National Guard and state police had to assist police gain control of the city.

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Antifa sets Portland ICE building on fire intentionally trapping officers inside during another night of violence

April 12, 2021

 

PORTLAND, OR –  Violence continued in Portland this weekend as protesters attacked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility, setting fire to the outside of the building while officers were trapped inside.

Video from the scene shows federal agents react by firing non-lethal munitions into the crowd of rioters dressed in trademark Antifa black clothing.

Just before midnight, Antifa protesters gathered at the ICE building for a planned protest, according to independent journalist Grace Morgan. Morgan documented the events of the night on her Twitter account:

“I’m at the ICE facility in Portland OR, for a big, planned protest. So far close to 100 black bloc have gathered and more are arriving every minute.”

“Black Bloc “ is a term used to describe a radical anarchist group whose members dress in all black to conceal their identities while protesting. The style has been adopted by the left-wing Antifa movement.

Antifa has targeted the ICE facility for months. Last night, the rioters smashed windows and eventually set fire to the front of the building. The violence started out slowly, with protesters lighting a small fire in the driveway and throwing eggs at the facility. Morgan wrote:

“First ANTIFA fire of the night has already kicked off, so far people are just warming their hands on this cold night.

“A small fire is started in the ICE driveway among broken glass bottles, a flair is thrown over the gate, protesters throw eggs at the door. So far no response or sight of officers.”

The protesters took an ominous action when they dismantled a fence around the facility and used it to block the entrance doors to the building, trapping ICE officers inside. At that point, federal agents used loudspeakers to warn the protesters against trespassing. Morgan tweeted at the time:

“Parts of the fence around the ICE facility in Portland or have been dismantled by protesters & laid against the main entrances. Federal agents get on the loudspeaker & warn not to trespass, including press.”

After Antifa barricaded the officers inside, they obscured the security cameras preventing officers from observing what was occurring outside. The crowd then set fire to the front of the building with the federal officers inside.

The crowd was chanting, “Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground” as the fire burned, according to independent journalist Andy Ngo:

“’Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground.’ Antifa gives the BLM fist salute while the crowd cheers on the burning of the (ICE building) Portland facility last night. Officers were trapped inside when Antifa set the building on fire.”

A video posted by Ngo showed federal officers trying to exit the building but being blocked by the fencing against the front entrance.

Eventually, federal officers were able to respond to the attack from a rear exit, and fire crowd control munitions, including pepper balls, into the violent Antifa crowd.

After forcing the mob back, the officers were able to extinguish the fire and form a barricade in front of the building. The crowd continued to make threats towards officers. One video captured a man trying to get into a fistfight with an ICE agent.

The Portland Police Bureau has not commented on the violence. No injuries were reported.

Portland has been a center for violence since the killings of George Floyd in May 2020. Another high-profile shooting of an unarmed black man, Jacob Blake, which led to fatal violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, fueled even more violence in Portland.

City leaders have been struggling with the violence, and have recently called for Antifa to end the siege of the city. At a March press conference, city leaders called on Trail Blazers player Terry Porter to call for an end to the rioting and protests:

“I’m speaking out today as someone who loves Portlanders and as someone who is deeply concerned about the future of our city. Let’s walk together as one Portland to show the country how we stand for humanity.” 

 

 

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