Portland “journalist” who claimed being assaulted by Portland police discredited after DA Investigaton


PORTLAND, OR- On June 6, 2020, Portland police officer Cameron Smith was busy assisting another officer arresting someone during last year’s daily Portland riots. During the course of the arrest, a so-called “journalist” named Donovan Farley decided to interject himself into the incident, claiming he had heard a protester say they couldn’t breathe.

At some point during the interaction between Smith and Farley, Smith allegedly struck Farley with his baton and pepper-sprayed him.


A memo which detailed the Portland Police Bureau’s investigation into the matter showed that it was Farley who tried to provoke Smith into fighting him.

This week, the Portland Tribune reported that the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute Smith for the incident involving Farley.

District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who has built a reputation for being soft-on-crime for riot-related offenses decided his office would not pursue charges of second-degree unlawful use of mace and fourth-degree attempted assault against Smith, citing “insufficient evidence,” The Post Millennial reported.

A follow-up investigation conducted by Willamette Week further details the investigation by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

A memo issued in October 2020 found Farley’s version of the incident was “demonstrably inaccurate,” referring to footage from a PPB criminalist named Jason Mills. In this video footage, it appears to show Farley attempting to goad Smith into a fight.

“Officer Smith strikes Mr. Farley in the leg with his baton after which Mr. Farley says, ‘Take that shit off, motherf**ker! Take that shit off!’” the memo says.

Farley continued to provoke Smith until he was finally pepper-sprayed, causing him to turn around and walk away. According to the PPB memo, Smith’s use of force was necessary because he was “attempting to arrest Mr. Farley who had just tried to punch him.”

The memo continued that a PPB detective had tried to reach Farley in order to interview him about the altercation; they couldn’t find his phone number but located his address and sent a certified letter. Donovan never responded to the PPB’s outreach efforts.

The memo also noted that Farley had posted on social media about the police trying to reach him.

“To date, Mr. Farley has not responded to [PPB] Detective Traynor, and there is nothing to indicate that he has made contact with any law enforcement agency regarding the incident. Based on the inconsistencies between Mr. Farley’s written account of what transpired and the video recordings available for review, the state is unable to conclude that a crime was committed.”

Farley made the excuse that he didn’t contact police because he didn’t think he would have been treated fairly.

“It’s totally and unequivocally false that I would try to fight a police officer,” he told the Portland Tribune. “The guy was abdicating his duty and trying to prevent me from doing his job.”

Farley has denied that he is an “Antifa journalist.”

“’Antifa journalist?’ I got you taken out do the New York Times, little Pinocchio,” he tweeted to The Post Millennial’s editor-at-large Andy Ngo. The statement saying “I got you taken out” is unclear as to meaning, but Ngo has been repeatedly assaulted by members of the far-left fascist antifa group.

In August 2017, Farley invited Richard Farley, a neo-Nazi white supremacist to Portland for a brawl. “I’d like to invite him to PDX w/o a cop escort,” he said. “I can totally arrange a [Antifa] welcome committee to test his theories.”

This would seen to indicate that Farley protest too much when he claims he’s not an “Antifa journalist.”

In fact the assault on Ngo, which occurred in June 2019 saw the Post-Millennial’s editor-at-large pelted with what appeared to be milkshakes with concrete or a hardening agent in them.

Farley tried to provide cover for Antifa in a piece he wrote for Playboy, attempting to portray the domestic terrorist group’s actions in a positive light, claiming there was “insufficient evidence” about the milkshakes distributed in June 2019 which were thrown at Ngo having contained a hardening agent or cement.

Farley interviewed an Antifa leader named Alisha Berry, who had organized the Antifa event in question and who used the pseudonym, Effie Baum. “We definitely weren’t advocating throwing them at people, but we weren’t naïve enough to think it might not happen.”

In fact, Farley has even admitted to trying to paint Antifa in a more positive light, making the group more acceptable to a mainstream audience.

From December 2019:

“This article about the misconceptions of antifa and why they exist. They exist in part bc of the messaging issues. Saying ACAB doesn’t help with that in terms of square people’s understanding of the movement. It turns them off. These are facts.”

He continued:

“If ‘you’d like to see antifa gain more mainstream acceptance’—the point of the article—then perhaps you should adjust our understanding of what journalism is and reflect upon the fact that twitter and activist circles ain’t the real world chief.”

Farley has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Portland for the incident involving PPB Officer Smith.  Farley’s claims that he is a “journalist” seem to fall flat in light of the above statements, which reveal him to be much more of an “activist.”

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For some of our prior reporting on Portland, Oregon, which has become ground zero for violent Antifa protests, we invite you to:


PORTLAND, OR – Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters confronted Antifa and then kicked them out of their protest after the anarchists reportedly became violent.

BLM also accused Antifa of using black people as human shields.

Journalist Andy Ngo posted a video of part of the confrontation between the two leftist groups. One black man is heard yelling, “Stop standing by our black people and using us as your f*cking shields!”

Ngo reported the Portland protest was organized by the local BLM group Rose City Justice.

After Antifa was banned from the BLM protest, Ngo reported the shunned group proceeded to smash windows and deface a Multnomah County government building, which had previously been set on fire by the same group last year.

Ngo suggested that Antifa was embedding itself into BLM because its own membership is dwindling. According to Ngo, many members of Antifa are now afraid to show up at events, such as protests, due to the threat of felony charges for criminal behavior.

In another post, Ngo showed tweets that indicated the fallout between Rose City Justice and Rose City Antifa.

Ngo posted a rant by @AlissaAzar, who complained about Rose City Justice’s attitude and treatment of Antifa who showed up at the BLM protest. In a Twitter thread, @AlissaAzar rage tweeted and some people had some opinions:

“Gonna rage tweet about RCJ once I calm tf down.

“Spoiler I haven’t calmed down:

“So a group of bloc showed up 2 a lib march organized by RCJ. the bloc got the energy going when the march first took off w chants like ‘AK-47 send the cops to piggy heaven!’ & ‘loot the stores! Burn the prisons! Anarchy & communism!’”

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While promoting Antifa’s violence, @AlissaAzar denounced BLM’s alleged violence, including umbrella snatchings:

“During the march a firework went off and a dumpsters was about to be relocated. That’s when RCJ & people from juice lost in on bloc.

“A group of armed men approached us and started pushing & yelling. One of the men put their hands on me at least 3 times & others did the same to many others in bloc.


“Lots of people had them get physically aggressive. Umbrellas were being snatched from people. One of them threatened to shoot us, another said he would put his rifle down & fight me 1 on 1 (?).”

@AlissaAzar was aghast that a dog owner in the BLM group suggested chopping Antifa up:

“Someone in their group with the dog was saying they wanted to chop people up??”

Yet @AlissaAzar had no problem posting on May 19 a picture that depicted anarchist symbols along with  “ACAB” and “May the flesh of Ted Wheeler feed the city of Portland” in red spray paint.


@AlissaAzar was also bewildered that BLM considered Antifa a white group and did not appreciate when they identified out loud several members of the anarchist group in a public doxxing that Antifa is known for doing frequently:

“Then of course they kept calling everyone white. Numerous times they called bloc cops which I’m still so confused at.

“They called multiple people in bloc out by name in front of a large group, including the same armed people that were just threatening them further putting people in danger.”

@AlissaAzar seems to believe property damage harms no one and got upset when BLM called Antifa out on this one:

“Then they kept demanding people snitch and point out who threw the firework, like??? I know I’m probably leaving out a bunch I’m still fuming.

“Also, one of them literally said “lighting dumpsters on fire is violence!” Just… what?? Not a single person in bloc was hurting anyone.”

@AlissaAzar also seemed to have an issue with others being armed even though Antifa is frequently armed:

“What is it with armed ‘security’ violently peace policing and putting people in severe danger?

“Some white lady was making violent threats and said bloc are colonizers lol, where was that energy in OC yesterday ughhhhhhhhhhhh.”

@AlissaAzar kindly provides a @R3volutionDaddy link via her Twitter profile that provides FAQs about Antifa, fascism, antifascism, wearing black, staying anonymous, doxxing and more.

It also provides a list of PDX mutual aid groups for Antifa, including PDX Shieldsmiths, which is described as “a team of volunteers supplying free shields daily.” The group also has a “report shield theft” button on its main page.

The Portland EWOKS are another group mentioned. They are described on the mutual aid list as:

“Equitable Workers Offering Kommunity Support. We are street medics and crisis responders. We were trained on Endor.”

The @R3volutionDaddy page also includes links to black history and various social payment services.

To learn more about the elusive, mythical Antifa, visit one of its many websites, such as Rose City Antifa, and decide for yourself if what you see is real or not.

While you are at it, also check out Aunt Teefa.


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