PORTLAND, OR – It took him months to condemn the violence. And when he finally did… it was because the anarchy helps Trump, he believes.
Democrat Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler conducted a news conference on August 6th after yet another consecutive night of riots in the area.
Wheeler, who normally supports the rioters and protesters in the city, this time had a different opinion. The violence must stop, the rioters attempted to murder police officials, and the rioters will help get President Trump get reelected, he says.
Night after night of riots in the city and for the vast majority of them, Wheeler has either participated or sympathized with the radical criminals who had just left their mother’s basement.
However, even Wheeler could not ignore the events of this week. On August 5th, rioters began to attack the Portland Police Bureau East Precinct and the nearby neighborhood in which it stands.
Rioters worked diligently to destroy surveillance cameras and throw paint on the glass doors to prevent anyone from inside seeing what was occurring.
A sea of black: antifa in body armor gathered outside the Portland Police east precinct for “round 2” of rioting tonight. https://t.co/N3340WwlEO
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 7, 2020
An older woman actually decided to stand up for the police and stood her ground at the doors. Her bravery was met with the rioters covering her in some type of white substance (possibly paint) and degrading by a so-called man, really a little boy who felt emboldened to talk big and bad because his buddies were there and he had a mask on his face.
At any rate, at some point the hero lady left the lost cause and the rioters continued their actions. They were eventually able to break the glass doors of the building and threw in a piece of wood that they lit on fire with some type of accelerant.
When police finally moved in to disperse the crowd, they were met with commercial grade fireworks, rocks, and even had a truck try to run them over. Police were ultimately able to force the rioters to leave the area.
Wheeler virtually presented a news conference on the violence on August 6th. In it, he told the rioters they were bad because they attempted to burn down the police building (which was occupied) and blocked the exits.
“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder.
“Don’t think for a moment that you are if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump – because you absolutely are. You are creating the B-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.”
Wheeler said that he had received reports from city staff which led him to believe that people could have been killed by members of Antifa.
“I believe that city staff could have died last night. I cannot and I will not tolerate that. This is not peaceful protests. This is not advocacy to advance reforms.”
If only someone else had mentioned that before….oh wait, Law Enforcement Today did.
In the ever caring words of Wheeler, the protector of violence and mayhem, he says:
“If you are a nonviolent demonstrator and you don’t want to be part of intentional violence, please stay away from these areas [where violence is occurring]. Our community must say that this violence is not Portland, that these actions do not reflect our values and these crimes are distracting from reform, not advancing.”
Protesters are suing Seattle – because the equipment used to riot is too expensive.
SEATTLE WA – The same group of people that have been attacking the city of Seattle since May are now suing the police department seeking reimbursement for buying protective equipment, amongst other things.
This group of people claim in their lawsuit that the Seattle Police Department is forcing them to buy the “expensive” equipment so they can peacefully protest.
The lawsuit was filed on August 3rd in the United States District Court in the Western District of Washington.
The plaintiffs in the case, Jessica Benton, Shelby Bryant, Anne Cavanaugh, Alyssa Garrison, and Claire Thomas (all fresh out of their parents’ basement) are alleging that their civil rights have been violated.
They claim that they are just trying to peacefully march and protest police brutality but the “omnipresent” Seattle Police Department is at each protest wielding “power and pain on the streets,” by illegally attacking them with chemical munitions and less lethal rounds.
In their belief, only those who can afford to buy expensive protective equipment can protest, or really riot, and thus is the crux of the lawsuit. Except for their demands….
The lawsuit clearly spells out their demands, that this group of cowards, who mainly march while masked so their parents cannot be ashamed and it makes them getting arrested harder, that police department be defunded by 50%.
Not only that, but they demand that “pending charges against protesters arrested in Seattle” be dropped.
The group of criminals claim they were subjected to “unmitigated violence” at the hands of the police on July 25th while just peacefully protesting. What the lawsuit fails to mention is this peaceful protest was actually a riot in which over 55 police officers were injured. What started out as a peaceful protest against all police turned violent as they often do.
As the group of violent rioters walked past the King County Juvenile Detention Facility, they began throwing explosive devices at buildings, into trailers, and breaking vehicle windows on their war path.
The criminals then walked toward the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and tried to vandalize it and remove the surveillance cameras.
At least one of the rioters threw some type of explosive device into the building which left an 8-inch hole in the wall.
As a result of the violence caused by the rioters, police had no choice in stepping back and allowing the mass attack on Seattle. Officers utilized chemical agents and less lethal munitions in order to stop the chaos the rioters created. And now, they are complaining about it.
In the lawsuit, the group says, “Because the Seattle Police Department has acted above and outside the law in dispensing its unbridled force, and the City has failed to prevent same, the government effect is to establish a de facto protest tax.”
Individual protesters subjected to SPD’s unabated and indiscriminate violence now must purchase cost-prohibitive gear to withstand munitions -even when peacefully protesting -as a condition to exercising their right to free speech and peaceable assembly.”
Apparently, the group’s definition of peaceable assembly is confused with illegal and violent riot. That type of confusion can happen when they live out their lives in a basement.
The plaintiffs in this ridiculous lawsuit want a judge to prevent the Seattle Police Department from using any tactics which would be done to quell a riot.
If the criminals somehow win this lawsuit, it will effectually end any ability of the police department in stopping any riots that occur in the future.
Consider, the amount of buildings that were on fire during this incident allowed to go up in smoke and kill the occupants all while the officers have to stand by and watch, who will be to blame then?
In anticipation of such a move, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best warned the residents of the city of the inability for her agency to protect them from violence. In a letter, Best said in speaking of the ordinance preventing the use of chemical agents:
“Simply put, the legislation give officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.”
The Seattle police chief informs business owners that they are on their own against rioters. The city council has tied her hands. The police do not have the tools to combat mob violence. pic.twitter.com/iLV0ne9Z2i
— Mike (@Doranimated) July 25, 2020
In other words, Best is telling everyone with these tools being taken away through ordinance or a court order, there is no feasible way for police officers to stop property damage or rioting.
Seattle: 200 protesters try to protest at police chief’s home – neighbors use own vehicles to block the crowd
SEATTLE, WA- On Saturday night, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best’s residence in Snohomish County was targeted by a large group of aggressive protesters. The next day, she implored City Council-members in a letter to stand up for what is right.
In the letter, she said:
“My neighbors were concerned by such a large group, but they were successful in ensuring the crowd was not able to trespass or engage in other illegal behavior in the area, despite repeated attempts to do so.”
“I urge both of you and the entire council to stand up for what is right. These direct actions against elected officials and especially civil servants like myself are out of line and go against every democratic principle that guides our nation.”
“Before this devolves into the new way of doing business by mob rule here in Seattle and across the nation, elected officials like you must forcefully call for the end of these tactics.”
Chief Best's letter to the Seattle City Council. https://t.co/LUbTgR2LZn
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) August 3, 2020
There were about 200 people that protested in Best’s neighborhood and by the time the deputies arrived, which was about 8:30 p.m., most of the protesters had dispersed or left the area. Chief Best was not home when the protesters were there.
“When the people showed up to my house, it certainly felt very personal about me. It really does seem like a mob mentality and bullying, to intimidate a public official.”
Neighbors were able to use their own vehicles to block the protesters from moving further down the street where Chief Best’s home is located. Jamie and Whitney Roulstone live on the quiet street and said that they saw close to 40 vehicles wrapped around the corner.
“It was not peaceful. They were here to intimidate. Scare people and scare children. There were children out there and they were asking them what schools they went to. They were yelling the most horribe things you’ve ever heard in your entire life.”
In a statement, Sheriff Adam Fortney said:
“I spoke with Chief Best on the phone who was not at the residence at the time. I assured her that the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office would deploy whatever resources were necessary to protect her, her family, and her property. I am pleased to report this group decided to disperse and there were no other incidents last night.”
After protests near her home, Seattle police chief asks City Council for intervention; activists dispute claims of ‘illegal behavior’
— Grace Christ (@GraceChrist) August 3, 2020
The Roulstone’s said Chief Best attended a neighborhood meeting the following day to apologize and thank her neighbors. Jamie said:
“She couldn’t believe what the neighborhood did for her. She apologized that this even came here. I told her don’t apologize. We need to apologize to you that this is even happening, it’s unacceptable.”
“We admire her. We see what she’s doing. She’s doing a great job. That this has happened, on her behalf here, we as a neighborhood are rallying behind her.”
According to KOMO News, in recent weeks protesters have rallied at the homes of some city council members as well as the home of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. While protesting at Mayor Durkan’s house, demonstrators demanded to see a different in Seattle. They claimed she has not been doing enough.
The neighborhood is 40 miles outside of Seattle, indicating that doxing may have been a factor in the protest.https://t.co/a2OPpyNACO
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) August 3, 2020
As demonstrators protested outside Mayor Durkan’s house, they used chants, signs, and speeches to make it clear that they wanted change and that they demanded the defunding of the Seattle Police Department (SPD) by 50%.
Back in July, when demands to defund the police from protesters first began, almost seven out of nine city council members said that they supported cutting the police budget by 50%. Chief Best called the idea “reckless” and reiterated that she is against the potential budget cuts to her department. Best said:
“If we are asked to cut 50% of our department overnight, we will be forced into decision that do not serve our shared long-term goal of re-envisioning community safety.”
Best also said that defunding the police department by 50% is simply unrealistic. She said:
“I do not believe we should be asking the people of Seattle to test out a theory, that crime goes away if police goes away. That is completely reckless.”
She also said that budget cuts that deep would mean job loss, closing the southwest precinct, and refocusing bike units and anti-crime teams on 911 response.
The protesting in Chief Best’s neighborhood comes right before the city council-members begin a new round of discussions for cutting the SPD’s upcoming budget. Allegedly, a resolution to the budget is now in place and there are dozens of amendments for council members to sort through over the upcoming several days.
Speaking of mob rule… check out what’s happening in Louisville, Kentucky.
“There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in. All good people need to denounce this. How can you justified (sic) injustice with more injustice?”
These are the words written on the Facebook page of Fernando Martinez, the Cuban-born co-owner of the Ole Restaurant Group.
His words were in response to the demands made of him and numerous other business owners in the Cuban community in Louisville.
They recently received a letter of demands from Black Lives Matter protestors in the district where he opened their newest restaurant, La Bodeguita de Mima. The area is known for its locally-owned shops and restaurants. Martinez said that in addition to the letter, he was confronted by protestors recently.
Louisville has been a hotbed of BLM activity since the death of Breonna Taylor earlier this year, after an alleged”no-knock” warrant served by the Louisville Police Department.
He called the demands “mafia tactics”.
Those demands came with a contract for obliging business owners to sign.
Here is an idea of what these protestors were looking for.
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the letter included:
– Adequately represent the Black population of Louisville by having a minimum of 23% Black staff;
– Purchase a minimum of 23% inventory from Black retailers or make a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales to a local Black nonprofit or organization;
– Require diversity and inclusion training for all staff members on a bi-annual basis;
– And display a visible sign that increases awareness and shows support for the reparations movement.
Yes, you read that correctly. They want businesses to put up signage saying that they support reparations among numerous outrageous “requests”.
The article also stated:
“According to a press release, members of the city’s Cuban community will meet outside the NuLu restaurant at 4 p.m. Sunday to support the immigrant-owned business, which ‘has been subject to vandalism and extortion in recent days.’
The release states that La Bodeguita de Mima was forced to close July 24 during a demonstration that shut down East Market Street, at which several protesters presented Martinez with the list of demands and said he ‘better put the letter on the door so your business is not f*cked with.’
The restaurant remained closed the next two days because ‘management and staff were concerned about safety,’ according to the release. ’30+ staff members (mostly immigrants) were unable to earn a paycheck.‘“
But, in typical fashion, Phelix Crittenden, an activist who works with Black Lives Matter Louisville, said the demands were “not meant to be a threat, but instead, were merely intended to start a conversation with owners about how their businesses can better reflect and support Black people”.
Yes, smashing flower pots in front of the stores and telling business owners that they need to comply are run the risk of having their businesses “f*cked with” is in no way threatening or intimidating.
According to the LCJ:
“Crittenden, who also founded the organization Blacks Organizing Strategic Success, said several NuLu business owners have volunteered to sign the contract created by the protesters and are open to discussing their roles in the gentrification of the area, which has undergone hundreds of millions of dollars in development in recent years.
‘NuLu is flourishing,’ Crittenden said. ‘To see that literal line in the sand, as soon as you cross the street, it’s very disturbing. NuLu doesn’t reflect the community they sit in and claim to incorporate and serve.'”
But the letter does more than just demand things. It goes so far as to blame the business owners for the plight of the black community.
“The residents of Louisville, Kentucky are standing strong, educated, and together to express the destruction your business has caused to low-income communities, specifically those with majority Black residents. We therefore demand representation and reparations in the NuLu business district of Louisville for the gentrification that has taken place.
Perhaps we need to look no further than Seattle.So much for those arrests that took place when police made sweeps through Seattle’s CHOP zone on July 1st. Reports indicate that some of those who were arrested in defiance of the orders to disperse were back on the streets shortly thereafter.https://twitter.com/komonews/status/1279045478500335617
According to reports, there were 44 people arrested during the sweep that took place during the early morning hours of July 1st in the zone once known as CHOP in Seattle.One of the people arrested, Rashyla Levitt, was said to have only been held for mere hours after her arrest during the sweep for charges of failure to disperse.https://twitter.com/choeshow/status/1278423724795052032
By July 2nd, Levitt was already taking to the streets once again to engage in protests, saying the following about her release:
While the charge was only a misdemeanor, many are concerned within the area that Levitt’s release is going to be that of a trend for those taken into custody during the CHOP clearing operation.Considering that those arrested on site during the sweep were among those refusing to leave (among other charges) – a expedient release could morph into an expedient reassembling of the miscreants.https://twitter.com/PatrickQuinnTV/status/1278769548192215041
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, while having been the one responsible for clearing out CHOP weeks after it had formed and went unchecked until murders occurred, still managed to sneak in some pandering toward the lawless group that inhabited the area when commenting on the Seattle Police’s arrests that occurred on July 1st:
So even after weeks of assaults, vandalism, robberies, and murders – Seattle’s mayor is still looking to extend friendly consideration toward a group of people that seized several city blocks and terrorized residents in the area.https://twitter.com/MDee123456/status/1278451473345626115
City Attorney Pete Holmes said that of those who were arrested for misdemeanor crimes during the CHOP sweep, they’d be eligible to have their charges dropped if they participate in a “diversion program.