“If antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I’m going to kill them next,” said Shane Kohfield, 32. “I’d slaughter them, and I have a detailed plan on how I would wipe out antifa.”
Standing outside of the Portland mayor’s home, Kohfield was wearing body armor and a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. He was also sporting a large knife on one shoulder and a copy of his concealed weapons permit on the other.
Speaking through a bullhorn, he told activists who turned out to condemn the city’s mishandling of recent violent demonstrations that they would need to protect themselves against Antifa.
It was his threat of action that led the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task to take use Oregon’s new Red Flag law to seize Kohfield’s weapons and have the Marine Corps Veteran committed to the VA hospital in Portland. He was there for 20 days.
Meanwhile, Antifa continues its violent hold on that city and others, as liberal politicians refuse to condemn their actions, often times having law enforcement stand down as Antifa does what they want, unchecked.
Kohfield had promised that he would be attending a protest in Portland on August 17, that would also include a counter-protest from Antifa. The FBI made sure he was kept away from that event.
He has not been accused of or charged with any crimes.
This situation shows that federal law enforcement may be beginning to take a more aggressive tack toward potential political threats, said Michael German, a retired FBI agent and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.
“Clearly, this latest incident shows how effective proactive policing can be in reducing the chance of violence,”said German. “It also makes you wonder if they’d been proactive from beginning whether all of this would have grown into the menace it has become.”
The FBI declined to provide additional details about the case.
“The Portland JTTF’s role is to assess, address, and mitigate any given threat against the people of Oregon appropriately,” Beth Anne Steele, FBI spokeswoman in Portland said in an email Friday. “Sometimes that mitigation takes the form of criminal prosecution, and sometimes it involves a holistic response, including consultation with threat assessment teams or others to divert a person before a significant violent crime occurs.”
According to The Oregonian/OregonLive, who spoke with Kohfield, he suffers from bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, medical records show.
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He was released from the VA hospital and returned home. He maintains he never planned to hurt or maim other people, but he understands why he alarmed police.
“I looked unhinged. I looked dangerous and have the training to be dangerous,” said Kohfield.
Kohfield who lives with his father in Canby and receives disability payments for physical and psychological injuries he sustained during two tours of duty in Iraq.
“I figured that the key to de-escalating the situation was to not be the most violent person in the room,” he said. “It was to be the scariest person in the room.”
The Oregonian also noted that Kohfield, who is a Trump supporter, said that he is not affiliated with Patriot Prayer, the Proud Boys or other right-wing groups that have organized marches and demonstration throughout Portland over the last 2 ½ years, some that have devolved into bloody brawls and riots.
His protest activity, he said, has been limited to the event outside the mayor’s house and a right-wing rally last fallin downtown Portland, both organized by local conservative activist Haley Adams.
“I was watching on the news that city of Portland did nothing to protect the people against Antifa,” he said. “I figured I’d show up to protect these people.”
Kohfield was on the FBI’s radar well before the event in front of the mayor’s home.
Back in March, he sent a letter to Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a first-term Republican congressman and former Navy Seal, according court documents filed in Clackamas County.
The five-page letter, included in the court filings, accused Portland’s mayor and police of permitting anti-fascist activists to commit “savage attacks” against conservatives at protests, including the November rally where Kohfield said he was assaulted by masked demonstrators.
He told the Houston-area politician that Congress needed to take immediate steps to declare Antifa a terrorist organization.
“Otherwise, he and other veterans would have no choice but to begin systematically killing Antifa members until we have achieved genocide,” he wrote.
He even included a detailed outline of how he would carry out the mission, which he argued would be legally justified if the federal government refused to act.
Records show that the U.S. Capitol Police shared the letter with the FBI’s Portland office, which assigned the case to a Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy serving on the area’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, court records show.
Deputy Jeremy Stinson interviewed Kohfield and his father at their home in April, according to the court documents.
Stinson learned that he had served in the Marines and kept guns in the house. Kohfield told the deputy he would defend himself if members of Antifa attacked him again.
Nearly four months after the visit, the deputy was notified that Portland police had opened a non-criminal inquiry known as a threat investigation in response to the remarks Kohfield made July 20 at the mayor’s house.
“I can’t say that he won’t kill someone,” Kohfield’s father told Portland police during their investigation, according to court records.
He also told police that his son was taking medication for bipolar disorder, drinking heavily and had become increasingly agitated, the latter being symptomatic of PTSD.
“Kohfield’s father provided that Shane was really upset by Portland’s ‘liberal government’ and the state of the federal government,” the court documents read.
Stinson included all these details in a July 25 affidavit seeking an “extreme risk protection order” (Red Flag) against Kohfield, which a judge approved the same day.
Such protection orders, introduced in Oregon in 2018, allow authorities to pry guns from people not convicted of a crime who show signs they might shoot themselves or someone else.
Oregon’s version of the law lasts for one year but can be extended indefinitely. Those who have their guns taken away can appeal the decision.
Judges statewide received 122 extreme risk protection order petitions through July 2019 and granted 98 of them, said Phil Lemman, Oregon’s acting deputy state court administrator. Kohfield’s is only the sixth approved in Clackamas County, records show.
According to court documents and Kohfield, law enforcement officers served him with the order on Aug. 7 while he was visiting family in central Oregon.
The Red Flag laws are removing due process from American citizens. They do not have to commit a crime or even be likely to cause a threat to anyone else. They can simply make someone angry and they can alert law enforcement that they are a threat and own guns.
Kohfield, who was unarmed, said at least a dozen officers stopped him while he was leaving a relative’s home outside Prineville.
Officers said they planned to take Kohfield to the VA hospital in Portland. He said they then served him with the protection order.
“I was told that I didn’t have a choice,” he said. “The cops were great. They were respectful and compassionate.”
The Oregonian stated that Kohfield said he was placed under psychiatric observation for five days. He said that he then volunteered to remain at the VA hospital for another two weeks. According to Lemman, the state court administrator, Kohfield surrendered an AR-15, a pistol, a rifle and a shotgun.
The ex-Marine said he is done with attending protests or political demonstrations in Portland.
“I have done everything I can possibly do to keep both sides from killing each other,” he said. “As long as they keep duking it out like this, it will achieve nothing.”
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