It begins: 50 lawmakers ask Attorney General Barr to investigate who is funding and organizing riots

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WASHINGTON D.C. – While the Democrats continue to enable these violent and destructive riots taking place across the country, Republicans have had enough, and intend to get to the bottom of who is funding and organizing them.

On Thursday, September 10th, Republican Ken Buck led 50 lawmakers in sending a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting that an investigation be opened into who is behind these riots. 

The letter reads:

“We write to share our deep concerns regarding the ongoing violence that has gripped American cities and threatened the rule of law across our nation,

“ANTIFA and other left-wing anarchist groups have unleashed a barrage of totalitarian attacks on our country in recent months, including accosting a sitting U.S. Senator, hijacking peaceful rallies, organizing armed riots, destroying property, burning buildings, stealing livelihoods, and spreading hate.”

Rep. Buck spoke about the letter and said

“ANTIFA and other far-left anarchist groups have wreaked havoc on our nation for far too long. Americans deserve to feel safe and secure in their own communities.

It is time that AG Barr and the DOJ take action to investigate and prosecute the groups responsible for these violent riots. I am proud to lead this effort with my colleagues to put a stop to these coordinated attacks that have subverted our system of government and way of life.”

According to Breitbart, the congressional request comes in light of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf saying that the Department Of Justice had launched an investigation into the organization of the violent protests, sparked by the police-involved death of George Floyd and shooting of Jacob Blake.

When Wolf was asked by Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson about a possible probe into the rioters, he replied:

“It’s something I’ve talked to the AG personally about, and I know that they are working on it,”

He continued:

“Look, we’ve seen about 300 arrests across this country regarding civil unrest and protesting — violent protesting, I would say criminal protesting, criminal rioting. We have got about 300 arrests. About a third of those or a hundred of those arrests have been in Portland specifically.”

Wolf added:

“I know the Department of Justice has charged about 74 or 75 individuals there in Portland with different federal crimes, and we’ll continue to see how those investigations are going.

The Department of Justice is also targeting and investigating the head of these organizations, the individuals that are paying for these individuals to move across the country.”

PORTLAND, OR – Surrounding law enforcement agencies near Portland, Oregon have been distancing themselves from the city when it comes to sending officers from their respective departments to assist Portland Police with the ongoing riots.

Agencies like the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Gresham Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office have recently vocalized that they’re not intending to send officers directly into Portland after Oregon Governor Kate Brown requested said resources.

However, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Washington state’s Vancouver Police Department withdrew resources back in June of this year already, after having previously sent deputies and officers to Portland. Furthermore, both agencies said that they’ll not be sending any resources for a variety of reasons.

Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins noted how when the protests and riots were happening early on in Portland, he accommodated a verbal request from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office to send over some deputies to help officers on the ground.

Yet, after less than a week, Sheriff Atkins said he stopped sending over deputies:

“After the five days, we chose not to go back anymore because we didn’t have anything officially from them.”

But it wasn’t just because the sheriff didn’t get any formal written request from the Portland mayor that led him to withdrawing support – there was also concerns about liability issues and the fact that Clark County taxpayers would be footing the bill for resources deployed to riots in Multnomah County:

“Even at that point early on, it was obvious that it was going to be a significant expense to Clark County taxpayers.”

Sheriff Atkins did point out that if there was a situation that was beyond a riot, for instance a “massive shooter” situation, he said that resources would be deployed immediately.

However, when it comes to riots that the city hasn’t properly addressed, he said that deputies will not be getting sent:

“I’m not going to go to a planned protest event that is 90-some days going when actions aren’t being taken against the aggressors who are being arrested. I’m not putting my people in harm’s way, and I can’t put citizens of Clark County in a financial situation, without some sort of agreement with the city of Portland.”

Also, sources have told Law Enforcement Today that one Clark County deputy was injured during the riots in Portland and is said to be seeking legal recourse.

Washington state’s Vancouver Police Department mirrored those very sentiments.

Public Information Coordinator Kim Kapp stated that officers had been sent to Portland 11 different times, with the final instance happening on June 16th.

Kapp addressed three key factors as to why the VPD will no longer be sending over officers.

Namely, those factors are liability issues, officer safety and that Portland officials haven’t done much in way of prosecuting the rioters arrested:

“The danger to our personnel, the associated liability combined with the apparent lack of legal consequence for people being arrested on a nightly basis make it impractical for us to send any of our personnel to Portland at this time to assist with protests or crowd management.”

Kapp’s statement noted that they too wouldn’t be against possibly helping Portland Police with other situations, as long as that situation isn’t the current protests and riots:

“Any requests for assistance from any of our regional partners will be evaluated based on our staffing needs as well as the type of assistance being requested. The Vancouver Police Department has no current or future plans to send our personnel to Portland to assist with the nightly protesting that is occurring there.”

Just recently, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and Oregon State Sheriff’s Association issued a statement on Governor Brown’s call for outside agencies to assist the PPB in the riots as well:

“Unfortunately, due to the lack of support for public safety operations, the associated liability to agencies who would be assisting in Portland and the lack of accountability for those arrested committing criminal acts, we cannot dedicate our limited resources away from the communities we serve.”

It’s almost as though every entity that has denied Portland officer resources for riot control were noting the same issues as to why they don’t intend to assist in the riots.

And it seems that it all boils down to rioters getting any real-time legal consequences and police not getting the needed support to do their job efficiently.

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