Portland protestor raps in officer’s face: ‘We’re taking back our f-ing land’, says ‘it’s a revolution’

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PORTLAND, OR – This is the kind of garbage law enforcement is up against these days.

A demonstrator in Portland decided to put his craft on display during a face-off with police. 

In Portland’s 101st night of demonstrations on Sunday night, a man going by the name of “No$hu,” set up a portable PA system and a mic on the sidewalk of blocked off Northeast 6th Avenue on the North Side of the city.

Portland based rapper/protestor calling himself No$hu freestyle challenges a Portland police office in riot gear, on the 101st night of protests in the city.
Portland based rapper/protestor calling himself No$hu challenges Portland cop in riot helmet to a freestyle battle, on the 101st night of protests in the city.  Photo via Twitter.

The idea came to barefoot, dreadlocked rapper No$hu (pronounced No Shoes; real name unknown) to bring his portable system down to a demonstration, and facilitate a freestyle rap protest. 

His intention appears to have been a desire to give creative voice to the grievances that he feels fuel the protests and demonstrations. 

No$hu’s grievance airing raps do provide a more productive outlet than setting buildings on fire, though his lyrics seem to advocate for such, including phrases about burning the whole system “to the ground.”

The night almost seemed to belong to No$hu (and perhaps could have, with more tact and discipline), as he invited other area rappers to come up and join him, sharing some defiant and profanity laced bars together for the crowd’s enjoyment. 

He also invited speakers to share some thoughts.  One of those speakers was his friend, Camillo Massagli from Seattle, also known as “Trumpet Man.”

Sometime shortly after Massagli spoke, some demonstrators who shared Nu$hu’s “burn it down” philosophy acted on those impulses within earshot of the loudspeaker, setting a mattress fire in the street, near the North Precinct Community Policing Center.

 Many in the crowd began changing, “burn it down,” while the fire burned brightly in the street.  

Heated confrontations ensued between the protestors and officers of the Portland Police Bureau holding line to block off the street. 

Officers had moved in to control the crowd, as firefighters also moved in to extinguish a large fire set by the burning mattresses.  Massagli was arrested when he would not move back, as most of the crowd did, when the police ordered them to. 

After Massagli’s arrest, No$hu was moved to express his frustration directly in the face of an officer on the line.  The result is the freestyle rap recorded below, which has gone viral on social media. 

The video has garnered over 246,000 views on twitter alone.  The rapper gave an appeal in the song to either free Massagli, or arrest him along with his friend.

Here are more of the freestyle lyrics:

“(video cuts in) …now we’re taking back our f***ing land.

It ain’t yours cuz you stole it.

I got the flow like the ocean; roll like I’m bowling.

Look… if you was a man, you would grab the microphone and you would f***ing rap.

Honestly homey, we would give you props; we just want all the bull***t to stop.

We just wanna talk, homey, it’s all love.  You got Trumpet Man but this sh** ain’t done.

He’ll be out when the sun comes up (that’s the morning); yeah we hit L.A., we was touring.

And y’all cops just ignore the sh** that we say; that’s why we’re gonna burn it today.

F**k the whole system, it’s bout to burn to the ground; this is Portland baby this is our town.

They don’t even live here that’s a mothaf***kin’ fact; you live in the sticks mothaf***ka go back.

It’s true, you can’t front; I grab the microphone and yeah, I get it done.

I’m takin’ down your badge, you know I know the math; I could see it in your eyes you get a little mad.

And you kinda sad cuz you know this sh** true; I’m tryna speak dog I’m tryna speak straight to you.

Straight to your heart, I know that you feelin’ my lyrics; this sh** hit deep in your spirit.

You can’t ignore it, this is mothaf***kin Portland; I grab the microphone and say this sh** important.

Listen, you the one in the suit; I got no shoes homey who the f**k are you, baby?

I just want soup for my mothaf***kin family; these cops man this a f***kin tragedy.

The way you act out and defend all these mothaf***kin pedophiles.

But in the end, the truth comes to light; this is a fight.

It’s a revolution and we struggle day and night.

I know you got might, I know you earned stripes.

I know you got a job, but it’s time this sh** stops.

C’mon dawg, I just wanna talk…

Do you?

I be comin’ through; my name is No Shoes

Introduce yourself.

Let’s have discussions.

No interruptions.

No purpose.

No agendas.

Just you and me.

I’m talking to you, and the Portland police.

Real talk, I know that you feel it; cuz it’s coming with the f***king heart with my lyrics.

C’mon man…

Step up…

Step up…

Whatcha gon’ do?  Ya got Trumpet Man f**k it; I’ll come too.

Put me in the cuffs, I don’t give a f**k; I gotta get it done.

Yeah… should arrest me too; I’ll sleep in the cell, sh**t, I’ll feel cool.

Me and Trumpet Man bout to have a dinner, three meals a day.

F**k it homey… (video ends)”

The officer showed restraint and disciplined training, as he stood motionless and calm while No$hu rapped. 

He positioned himself two feet from the officer’s face, and rapped freestyle for several minutes while pointing fingers close enough to touch the officer’s face shield.

At some point shortly after the video ends, police announced with a loudspeaker that officers would be disengaging from the line.  The crowd of protestors cheers. 

Protestors were instructed in the announcement not to follow the officers as they pulled back.  Some didn’t listen, including No$hu.  He grabbed his microphone and battery powered PA speaker, following the line of officers while starting to rap again. 

Officers converged on him and a couple others, making arrests and pushing back the crowd; some falling down.  An officer made another loudspeaker announcement, warning the crowd once again not to follow the officers as they pulled back. 

 

Interestingly enough, No$hu indicated in his freestyle that he believes police are “protecting all these pedophiles.”

In actuality- it is bureaus and departments of local, state, and federal law enforcement all over this nation, who are making a record number of arrests in child trafficking stings. 

They are also rescuing record numbers of children… all during this particular Administration’s crackdown.  Ironically, it is also this Administration for whom protesting groups such as BLM and Antifa seem to hold such disdain.

Perhaps No$hu may be interested in having a discussion about this, if he generally hates the pedophilia and child sex slavery that he seemed to indicate in his creative, though profane freestyle.

One has only to search our site for “child trafficking” articles, to pull up droves of stories detailing exactly how law enforcement is involved in the ongoing child/human trafficking crackdown. 

Portland mayor bans police use of tear gas shortly after rioters target his own home

PORTLAND, OR – They say timing is everything, which means that the timing of any effort can wield good results or catastrophic ones.

So it will be interesting to see what comes of Portland now that the mayor has banned the use of CS gas by police at protests and riots after over three months of these going on nightly.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has ordered Portland Police to cease the use of CS gas, effective immediately.

While there were orders delivered back in June that heavily regulated when said CS gas could be deployed, now the crowd control asset has been completely removed from the proverbial table.

For the sake of clarity, this ban doesn’t have anything to do with barring OC spray (commonly referred to as pepper spray by most folks).

The delineation between CS gas versus OC spray, outside of the chemical compositions, is that CS deployment can be indiscriminate with how it spreads whereas OC spray is something that can have the mist of stream directed.

However, there is also the fact that OC is something that has to be deployed in close proximity, while CS could afford authorities a safe distance when trying to break up large riotous crowds.

In an emailed statement from Mayor Wheeler noting the ban of CS gas, he mentioned the following:

“During the last hundred days Portland, Multnomah County and State Police have all relied on CS gas where there is a threat to life safety. We need something different. We need it now.”

It’s unclear what exactly the mayor could imagine when it pertains to something in the less-lethal range that is also as effective or more than CS gas to break up riotous crowds. It’s not as though police can set up some large, netted booby traps to scoop up rioters like they were villains in a Scooby-Doo episode.

The mayor is attempting to frame this as some kind of quid-pro-quo for the rioters it seems, in that he’s noting that he’s taken a step toward reducing force and that he hopes the rioters will take a step back as well:

“I call on everyone to step up and tamp down the violence. I’m acting. It’s time for others to join me.”

But those among the peanut gallery are extremely skeptical that this will turn out the way that the mayor hopes.

One Twitter user opined on the issue, in a rather sarcastic manner but also potential outcome of this measure, with the following:

“Cool. Now the Portland PD will have to club these clowns like baby seals. The optics is going to be soooooo much better now. Ted Wheeler has got to be the worst mayor in America, and he has a lot of competition too.”

Others online are saying that for all the restrictions that Mayor Wheeler is trying to impose upon officers, then perhaps the mayor should stand on the frontlines with said officers to ascertain just how bad things can be when stripped of non-lethal resources:

“As police commissioner putting all these restrictions on his officers. He should go out there with them. Let’s see how long those restrictions last.”

Now keep in mind, this order by the mayor comes just under two weeks from when rioters targeted the very home of Mayor Wheeler.  

On the evening of August 31st, a crowd of roughly 200 people had gathered outside Mayor Wheeler’s condominium tower, with malefactors shattering windows and breaking into a local dental office to steal items to light ablaze. Among the items stolen were a chair and various office supplies.

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During the display, those among the riot were said to have been wearing party hats, as this evening happened to fall on Mayor Wheeler’s birthday.

Just after 11:00 p.m. that evening, a stack of newspapers was set on fire and thrown into the ground level portion of the condominium tower which holds 114 residences within it. While the flames didn’t spread and were quickly extinguished, police announced at that time that the “protest” had become an unlawful assembly and eventually elevated to a riot.

Police were said to have arrested 19 people during the riot for various charges, with eight of the arrestees being charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer.

It is unclear with will become of those charges, considering that the Portland DA announced recently that he wouldn’t be pursuing a myriad of charges akin to what officers arrested people for on August 31st.

However, two of those arrested were alleged to have been carrying concealed weapons during the riot, with one of them being charged with assaulting an officer.

Also, Portland has had an issue as of late with rioters and miscreants trying to proclaim they’re “members of the press” in order to continue contributing to the anarchy.

Video captured from the riots show police taking one alleged “press member” in custody, considering that police did warn that there wouldn’t be any exceptions afforded to legal observers if they engaged in criminal conduct.

With all things considered, is the banning of CS gas the best idea – especially after things managed to hit so close to home (literally) for the mayor? That remains to be seen, but hindering police’s access to less lethal means of crowd control can only have so may outcomes. 

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