PORTLAND, OR.- In the days and weeks that followed after the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, groups of people began protesting across the United States for what they perceive and are being told is systemic racism in policing.
Unfortunately, some of the people involved in the protests saw an opportunity to riot and attack police.
Since May 29th, the federal courthouse in Portland has been attacked in one form or another by people either wanting to destroy the building or simply vandalize the structure. Officers, both federal and local, who have been placed there to defend it have also been attacked on numerous occasions.
This led to the erection of a strong fence, designed to keep protesters away from the property and give a buffer to those protecting it.
Those that wish to attack officers and the building are unhappy and have demanded it be torn down, and the City of Portland agrees, claiming it was built in a bike lane and is fining the US government $500 every 15 minutes that it is standing. Good luck collecting that.
If you are downtown tonight, you may notice a new fence around the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. The purpose of this fence is to de-escalate tensions between protesters and federal law enforcement officers, and to allow much-needed building repairs to begin. pic.twitter.com/cvx1rlfkQM
— U.S. Attorney Oregon (@USAO_OR) July 19, 2020
Portland’s argument is simple. They cannot refute that the fence is in place to protect the building and the officers, however they have to find a way to justify removing it in order to keep the protesters and rioters happy.
So they pointed out that the fence is blocking a bicycle lane, which is most likely not even being used due to the mass protests and riots that have been occurring since May.
Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly advised that the United States government owes “$192,000 and counting.”
According to the Washington Times, Eudaly said:
“The fence has become the focal point of nightly protests as ongoing marches and demonstrations devoted to racial justice and curbing police violence escalated in recent days with the arrival of federal law enforcement teams.”
Given the current climate, it does not appear that the fence will come down anytime soon. If a court orders the government to pay fines related to the fence, which serves to enhance public safety as well as the security of the facility, the federal government will certainly appeal.
Eudaly, like many other Democrat leaders as well as the mainstream media, keeps parroting the line that there is systemic racism in policing.
They claim that all officers are bad, they actively hunt after people of color in hopes that they can attack them, take away their rights without cause, and kill them, even if they are unarmed.
There are plenty of people who believe this lie instead of fact checking the information themselves. The Washington Post, which is as Democrat leaning as they get, has a database which keeps track of all officer involved deaths in the United States.
That database shows that in 2019, 1,003 people were shot and killed by police Of those, 250 were black and 405 were white. In cases of unarmed persons shot by police, 25 were white, 14 were black.
The database in itself does not present the facts and circumstances of each case, however analysis has been done which showed that out of those cases studied, only three were found to have been not justified. In all those cases, the officers were arrested.
However based on just the numbers alone, the facts show that the allegation that all cops are racist, that there is systemic racism in policing, is simply not supported by the facts. As a matter of fact, blacks have a greater chance of being struck and killed by lightning than they do being killed by an officer, regardless of justification.
Regardless of the facts, violent attacks have and will continue to occur across the country and enhancing the existing fence around the federal courthouse in Portland was necessary to protect the lives of everyone there, as well as to protect federal property, which the federal government has every right to do.
Even with the fencing in place, rioters have thrown firebombs, Molotov cocktails, professional-grade fireworks and other weapons at officers on a nightly basis. Three federal officers may have suffered permanent vision damage thanks to the rioters shining commercial grade lasers in their eyes.
In spite the chance of getting injured, these police officers line up every day to protect the federal courthouse building with no thanks from the feckless mayor of Portland. In fact, Democrats refuse to even acknowledge that the violence is taking place, which is the ultimate outrage.
If the city of Portland refuses to protect buildings and their citizens, should they actually have the right to collect money from those that are willing to do so? Try billing Black Lives Matter. They’re rolling in cash these days.
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PORTLAND, OR – The good news is that she is up for re-election. The other good news is that Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum failed in her bid to “protect” rioters from federal agents sent by President Trump to restore order in Portland.
On Friday, a petition filed by Rosenblum in U.S. District Court to prevent the arrest of rioters by federal agents was denied. According to presiding Judge Michael Mosman, the state “lacked standing to sue on behalf of protesters.”
According to Rosenblum’s Petition against Authoritarianism, found on her website:
“Federal agents are targeting Oregonians taking a stand against police brutality and racism.”
Apparently, she thinks that “taking a stand” includes attempting to break into a police station and then attacking responding officers when they emerge from the building?
Are they still protesting “police brutality” in the death of George Floyd? If so, apparently the arrest and firing of all four officers involved isn’t enough.
To really make their point against brutality, “peaceful protesters” have seen fit to brutalize the people, architecture, businesses, and property of their neighbors in Portland.
It’s become so bad that one local reports said:
“I don’t know if I’ll ever come downtown again.”
Is that really the image protesters want to send?
For finer sentiments, there is 1-800-flowers, but for these protesters, they come across as the Dial-a-Devil crowd. How else do you describe people who come out night after night, ignoring curfews and police orders so that they can destroy public property, loot stores, burn buildings, and physically assault anyone that stands in their way, including police officers?
It’s gotten so much worse than bad, that neighboring Idaho wants to change their border with Oregon to absorb rural Oregonians who have grown sick of the lawlessness in the Portland area.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum might think that the way to protest “racism” is to destroy everything in sight, but to some, that isn’t a good image. It’s a bit like an arrested mobster protesting his arrest by initiating a gang war. It doesn’t make him look sincere or virtuous. Insane, violent and malevolent maybe, but not virtuous.
Rosenblum seeks to protect dangerous rioters by misidentifying them as “protesters,” or even more misleading, “peaceful protesters.”
The idea behind a “peaceful protest” is that the people’s right to engage in one may not be abridged, thanks to Constitutional protections. This creates a terrifically effective cover for people who want to riot for the purpose of wanton destruction, insurrection, treason, and murder.
All they need to do is create a non-violent cover act for their riot, then express surprise when their “peaceful protest” somehow turned violent—every night for sixty nights in a row.
It must be a real mystery why this happens to some of these folks, but outside observers might be forgiven for thinking that the “peaceful protest” and the riots that inevitably follow are causally connected.
Another peculiarity is that to protest the death of one African-American man, rioters have caused the deaths of dozens of other black men in addition to people of other races, genders, and age groups. It is a bit of a Perry Mason moment, as if an innocent party with a personal interest in the victim of a heinous murder, stood up in court and shot everyone in the audience.
Except, that never happens in Perry Mason. A Quentin Tarantino movie perhaps, but not Perry Mason.
One would think that an attorney general of Ellen Rosenblum’s stature and gravitas could tell the difference.
Luckily, U.S. District Court judge Michael Mosman ruled against Rosenblum, thus allowing federal troops to do what Rosenblum’s office has so far prohibited: defend the people of Portland against violent, lawless, anarchists.
The last time I looked, that is what law enforcement is for, not to perversely invert laws against the police so that violent agitators can fully demolish a city before moving on to the next.
When those rioters made the choice to join a mob and raise their hands against their neighbors, they lost every right to call themselves decent or honorable, let alone “peaceful.”
Remember, Rosenblum is up for re-election in November. If Portland hasn’t burned to the ground by then, you might want to vote.
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