‘Activist’ accused of yelling racial slurs, making shooting gesture at black officer charged with ‘bias crime’

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PORTLAND, OR- According to court records, a 57-year-old man has been accused of yelling racist slurs at a black Portland police officer as he made a “shooting gesture” toward the officer and then proceeded to charge at him.

OregonLive reported that Steven James Betz was arrested on Monday, February 1st and has been accused of two counts of committing a second-degree bias crime, second-degree disorderly conduct, and second-degree criminal trespass.

Authorities said that the encounter occurred as police were trying to remove Betz, who is white, from a streetcar stop in Southeast Portland for allegedly harassing riders and operators.

According to Brent Weisberg, spokesman for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, this arrest makes at least the third time in Multnomah County that someone has been accused of the state’s new hate crime in relation to a member of law enforcement.

Reportedly, Betz is accused of threatening to “inflict serious injury” against Officer Derrick Daley solely because of his race. Officer Daley joined the Portland Police Bureau back in November 2019.

The probable cause affidavit said that police had been called to 250 S.E. Tilikum Way around 12:20 p.m. on a report of a man banging on the windows of a Portland streetcar and yelling at its operators and riders. 

Deputy District Attorney Bumjoon Park wrote in the affidavit that when Daley and other responding officers told the man to leave the area, he refused to comply.

Authorities said that Daley and other officers held onto each side of Betz in order to escort him away from the area.

According to the affidavit, when Daley asked Betz if he understood that he was being banned from the location, Betz turned toward Daley with a clenched fist, told him to shut up and called him a racist slur.

Park wrote in the affidavit that Betz continued to use the racist slur, motioning toward Daley with his hands, pretending to shoot him. Betz also reportedly charged at Daley, prompting the officer to put his hands up to create distance between him and Betz.

Other officers helped Betz walk away and reportedly told him to leave the area, but he walked back to the streetcar station and was subsequently arrested.

The affidavit said that despite several officers being present, Betz focused on the one black officer and kept calling him by racist slurs. Prosecutors have pursued second-degree bias crime allegations.

They stated that Betz intentionally, because of Daley’s race, subjected him to alarm by threatening to inflict serious injury.

On the afternoon of February 1st, Betz was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center and later releases on his own recognizance. Weisberg said that the county has brought at least two other hate crime cases where officers have been identified as the victims. 

According to Oregon law, a first-degree bias crime is when a person injures someone or places someone in fear of imminent serious injury because of the perception of the victim’s race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

In September 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed into law a bill that changed the name of the charge from “intimidation” to bias crime, made a first-degree bias crime a felony and added gender identity as a protected class.

It marked the first major change to Oregon’s 1981 intimidation statute, which many have called outdated. The second-degree bias crime is a misdemeanor. 

Back in 2018, an intimidation charge was lodged, but it did not result in a conviction.

According to court records, a separate bias crime case is pending from February 2020 when during an arrest a man has been accused of spitting at Gresham officer Hector Carranza, attempting to bit the officer’s hand and calling him by a racist slur based on the perception of his race. 

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As law and order collapse in Portland, Oregon governor orders state police and sheriff to run public safety

November 3rd, 2020

PORTLAND, OR – Still blaming white supremacist groups and Donald Trump for the violence in in his city, Portland mayor Ted Wheeler issued a demand that other agencies come to Portland and provide the help he says his city so badly needs.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown was more than happy to oblige Wheeler, issuing an executive order requiring local law enforcement agencies work together to prevent potential election day violence.

But her edict went even further by creating a joint command of all law enforcement efforts in the city, placing Oregon State Police and the Multnomah County Sheriff in charge of all agencies. 

She also put the Oregon National Guard on standby, according to KOIN, the Portland CBS affiliate. 

The order is in place for 48 hours and began at 5 PM Monday evening. Law enforcement will be allowed to utilize tear gas for crowd control, at the joint command’s direction. Reading from a prepared statement, Brown said (video courtesy of KOIN):  

“Especially this year, there are unique dynamics at play that may create an environment ripe for a heated Election Day, and post-election period. This election also comes at a pivotal moment in Oregon, where the pandemic, wildfires and political atmosphere have boosted fear and anxiety.

Every Oregonian has the right to express themselves and to peacefully assembly. However, I want to be very, very clear that voter intimidation and political violence will not be tolerated — not from the left, not from the right and not from the center.

Not this week, not any week in Oregon. I have placed [Oregon State Police] Superintendent Terri Davie and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese in charge of public safety in Portland. I have also directed General [Michael] Stencel to call on our National Guard should their services be necessary.”

We think it only fair, that in response to Brown’s statement about tolerating violence, to point out that tolerating violence is exactly what has been taking place in Portland by elected officials at the city, county and state levels for the better part of 5 months. All while law enforcement officials have been physically attacked frequently. 

While the mainstream media doesn’t talk much about it, here at Law Enforcement Today, we have chronicled the Portland stories in great detail. It might surprise you to know that Antifa-type protests and violence have been going on in Portland since the 2016 election, even if only sporadically. 

If you weren’t reading LET in 2016, you probably couldn’t find the information from other sources. 

Brown said that law enforcement agencies have been planning for weeks. 

“If you take one thing from this press conference, let it be this: violence is never the answer,” Brown continued. “We stand here today urging all Oregonians to commit to non-violent expression. We can all do our parts this week by staying calm, cool and collected.”

Mayor Wheeler was grateful for the assistance, even as he and the rest of the Portland elected officials push to defund police. 

“Given the heightened concerns about potential violence, particularly from white supremacist organizations and the divisive rhetoric from Washington, D.C., the need for coordination and partnership takes on statewide significance. Oregon is likely to be a flashpoint,” Wheeler said. “

I appreciate that Governor Brown is using her executive authority to bring more resources to Portland. Our partnership prevented violence in the past and I hope it will do so again.

We should all be prepared for delayed results from the election. And I urge everyone to focus on staying safe during this most important election.”

Read that again.

Heightened concerns? Potential violence? 

Ted Wheeler and his city staff have had months of consecutive nights with violent rioting to gather the intel required to know exactly who is behind these actions. And he still blames right-wing groups, who he identifies as white supremacist, and Donald Trump.  

Busted: 26 arrested at protest staged outside Portland Police Bureau - here are their mugshots.
Courtesy: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office

Above are some of the recent mugshots taken of violent protestors arrested in the city. These are not the faces of Trump supporters.

Yet, Wheeler is still trying to convince the world that Antifa is not the problem. And he does so with the assistance of Jerry Nadler and Joe Biden who have said that Antifa violence in Portland is a myth and that Antifa is an idea. 

Meanwhile, Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese applauded the order as it actually allows law enforcement to do their jobs in protecting their communities. 

“We appreciate the governor’s use of her executive authority to create a unified command. It allows all of the law enforcement agencies in Multnomah County to work collaboratively and in alignment and certainty certainty in what we’re going to do and to give us the resources necessary to keep the peace in our community,” Reese said.

“We want to use no force at all in this election process. Our overarching goal is to keep the peace, to have a visible presence so people can vote peacefully and engage in our democratic processes and for us to support that.”

The Portland Police Bureau will work with the Sheriff’s office and the State police. 

“We at the Portland Police Bureau have canceled days off so we have additional staffing on hand,” said Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

According to KOIN:

“Authorities want to prevent what happened in November 2016 when Donald Trump won the election. Dozens of Portland businesses were vandalized, rioters used rocks and baseball bats, fires were set and more than 100 people were arrested during several nights of violence.

‘In 2016 I think we were reacting to it a lot over those first few days and we want to have plans in place already in order to have adequate resources to deal with anything that comes up,’ Superintendent Davie said.”

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Election eve: Antifa attempts to burn down Portland University apartments, promises ‘good show tomorrow’

PORTLAND, OR – Yet another night of violence in Portland on the eve of Election Day.

A march was initiated in Portland without proper permitting, as the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office pointed out on Twitter. The group damaged the Portland State University office. The office had already been boarded up and vandalized previously.

The gathering was subsequently declared an unlawful assembly.

Around 10pm, police responded to a Starbucks located at Portland State University. Antifa members who were in black bloc (wearing all black to shield identity) had loaded the interior of the business (after, of course, smashing its windows) with a flammable liquid, said at one point to be kerosene.

Law Enforcement Today has not been able to verify what specifically the liquid was.

Police arrived on scene just prior to the domestic terrorists lighting the Starbucks on fire.

Attached to the Starbucks is about 300 apartments filled with students for the University.

After a brief foot pursuit, police were able to make at least two arrests connected to the incident.

A term Antifa now uses is to “make like water,” meaning the riot is ending and they’re going to be leaving, each in their separate way. This occurred around 11:30pm Monday in Portland.

Police just north of Portland in Vancouver were also on alert for Antifa activity. The Washington city has recently been brought to the attention of the terrorists due to an officer involved shooting last Thursday, October 29, where police were forced to shoot and kill a black man, Kevin Peterson, who started shooting at them.

No live streams were available Monday night, which made gathering intel for Vancouver Police difficult.

In fact, the terrorists were strongly enforcing the “no video” rule Monday night. This author was watching one streamer on Twitch, who goes by Behind Enemy Lines News, was filming during the attempted arson at the Starbucks. He was confronted by several Antifa members and his stream suddenly turned off.

Then his Twitch page disappeared.

It was speculated in the Twittersphere that Antifa falsely reported the page multiple times to get it shut off. The safety of the streamer was unknown.

Another reporter was yelled at for recording the terrorist acts as well, as seen in the video below.

A “protester” says:

“If you want to be a journalist, don’t film the protesters.”

The police finally started clearing the rioters out just before midnight.

A female officer, who appears to be in charge, tells the rioters:

“You’ve done enough damage tonight. It’s time to go home.”

Even after the riot was cleared, the attendees continued yelling at police. One particularly vocal man yelled:

“Get the fuck outta my neighborhood! I’ll fucking spit on you right now, bitch!”

Lest anyone think these rioters have run out of steam after six months of straight rioting, violence, and hate, one terrorist tells another reporter:

“You’re gonna get a good show tomorrow.”

We at Law Enforcement Today tend to believe that this random terrorist is quite right about Election Day being a “good show,” filled with domestic terrorism. We are praying for the safety of every single man and woman of law enforcement and their families Tuesday.

Despite the steady amount and increasing intensity of the violence in Portland, some of the most far left politicians are still trying to defund the Portland Police Bureau.

Here’s LET’s previous report on that.

 
PORTLAND, OR- Over the passed year, Portland has faced the most violent rioting in its history. In response to this, the City Council cut Portland’s policing budget by $15 million and laid off 84 law enforcement officers. Now, the council is attempting to take another $18 million.

In June of 2020 the Portland City Council announced a huge plan to defund the police. The upcoming fiscal year Portland’s Police Bureau will see a $15 million cut to their budget. The effects of this drastic loss in funding will be exasperated by another $12 million in funding losses due to COVID-19. 

The Portland City Council’s effort to defund the police has left a wake of destruction and devastation for city residents. In an email obtained by Law Enforcement Today, the president of the Portland Police Association (PPA) details the harms of deep slashes to police funding.

On Thursday, PPA President Daryl Turner released a statement to members of the PPA regarding the City Council’s plan to further defund the police. Turner argued that Portland’s current government is broken and allows for anti-police extremists to overtake public safety measures.

Turner remarked:

“Our system of city government is broken. It only takes 3 council members with extreme, anti-police ideologies to destroy public safety for a city with over 650,000 residents.”

Turner then outlined the impacts of the City Council’s initial budget cuts in June combined with budgetary losses from COVID. The president argued that Portland has nothing to show for its $27 million in police funding cuts.:

“What do we have to show for it?

Our Gun Violence Reduction Team? Gone, with gun crimes and homicides now through the roof, and huge, disproportionate impacts on communities of color.

School Resource Officers? Gone, leaving no on-site engagement and community relations in our schools.

Our Special Emergency Response Team? Gutted, leaving the community in peril when dire incidents arise, like hostage situations.

84 police positions? Gone, leaving us with fewer officers than we had in 1995, even though we have 150,000 more residents living in our City.”

The PPA President continued:

“What does the City have to show for the $15 million it took from the Police Bureau? Nothing.”

Then, Turner focused on the future of police in Portland. The City Council is currently trying to take another $18 million in funding away from the Police Bureau which lead to irreversible damage to the city. The President outlined that, should the council follow through on their promise to defund the police, the following units and divisions would be eliminated:

– Behavioral Health Unit and Service Coordination Team

– Community Engagement Unit

– Narcotics and Organized Crime Team

– Air Support Unit

– Traffic Division

– Emergency Management Units

– Neighborhood Response Teams

– Criminal Intelligence Unit

– Canine Unit

Turner claims that the almost $20 million in cuts would also result in the termination of another 42 officers.

Lastly, he states that the large funding loss would leave the bureau noncompliant with the United Stated Department of Justice’s funding standards. The president states that the cuts would cause “noncompliance with the United States Department of Justice Settlement Agreement, which requires the City to adequately fund and staff the Police Bureau.”

Turner contends that the negligence by the City Council would create a situation where everyone in Portland loses:

“Who wins? Extremists with anti-police, anti-neighborhood, anti-business, anti-public safety ideologies.

Who loses? Everyone. Especially crime victims.”

The PPA President also asks who will be there to protect the Portland, and its residents, should the bureau by defunded further.

“Who will bring justice for the family whose loved one is killed in a senseless act of violence?

Who will bring justice to our wives, sisters, and daughters who are brutally assaulted?

Who will be there to answer the call when someone’s home — their sanctuary — is broken into and trashed?

Who will be there to answer the call when a small business owner has lost everything to thieves?

Who will be there to answer the call when the only mode of transportation is stolen from the worker just barely getting by during a pandemic?”

Turner then answers his own question:

“At this rate, no one.”

The president argues that budgets cuts will cause significant layoffs within the bureau:

“It is disingenuous and misleading for any person – including Commissioners Hardesty and Eudaly – to claim that their desired budget cuts will not reduce police staffing. Of course it will.”

Turner continues:

“Not only will we lose the 126 positions waiting to be filled with new hires, but we will also surely suffer layoffs of tenured police officers when the Police Bureau has to balance its budget with 45 million fewer dollars.”

The president also claimed that the extensive cuts would result in 120 officers being terminated:

“By our estimation, we would suffer catastrophic layoffs. Over 120 sworn officers – the newest, most diverse officers who have the entirety of their careers serving the City in front of them – would be laid off.”

The city of Portland is in a dire position and it seems that the City Council is doing everything in their power to make it worse.

 

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