PORTLAND, OR – On one hand, Portland residents are getting what they asked for, or voted for, in ultra-liberal politicians and handcuffed police officers.
On the other hand, one can’t help but feel bad for residents who don’t agree with the Black Lives Matter and Antifa narratives, and just want to run their businesses and live their lives.
The owner of a restaurant on Sandy Boulevard who has been publicly critical of Antifa’s mass vandalism had his business burned down shortly after making the comments. Now investigators are saying the fire was an arson attack.
That resident who just wants to run his business and live his life is the owner of Reo’s Ribs, Reo Girod. Girod’s restaurant is located in Portland’s Hollywood District.
Firefighters arrived on the scene of a reported blaze at the restaurant to find smoke pouring out of the rear of the building, and active fire on the inside and outside of the building.
Portland Fire and Rescue officials are looking to question a person seen in surveillance footage apparently setting fire to a local restaurant.
The suspected arsonist acted after the restaurant owner criticized vandalism in the area committed by Antifa.
According to video surveillance reported by KOIN 6 Portland, the feed shows the act of arson:
“Investigators with @PDXFire say the fire at Reo’s Ribs last month was intentionally set and they have a suspect they would like to question.
“This is surveillance footage from that night.”
Investigators with @PDXFire say the fire at Reo's Ribs last month was intentionally set and they have a suspect they would like to question.
This is surveillance footage from that night.
— KOIN News (@KOINNews) December 15, 2020
The video shows the suspected arsonist setting a fire at the rear of Reo’s Ribs. The person continues to add more fuel. The person is in plain view of the street while setting the fire. KOIN said fire officials said they would like to question the suspect. They did not report if fire officials knew the identity of the person.
Myra Girod, co-owner of Reo’s Ribs told KOIN 6 News:
“I feel really relieved that we know who did it and we know that we might be stopping other fires.”
This is the second fire at Reo’s Ribs in the past three years. Portland Fire Department officials ruled a 2017 fire that previously destroyed the restaurant to be an accident. Reo Girod, owner of the restaurant, remains suspicious of the incident. He rebuilt the restaurant only to have it burned a second time.
This is certainly not the first act of arson committed on behalf of Antifa. Portland has been a literal hotbed of arson activity with the Portland Police Headquarters building set on fire, several U.S. government buildings, an environmental clean-up company, and even a police officer’s home.
A few weeks ago, a group aligned with the radical left-wing group Antifa sent a tweet in which it appeared to praise an alleged arson attempt at a law enforcement officer’s home. The officer lives in the western suburbs of Portland, and his home and a vehicle were set on fire.
The group, Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, included an article on how federal law enforcement agencies were investigating the incident, which law enforcement said might be linked to recent protests in Portland. According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office has already claimed the incident was arson.
In a tweet, the group commented, “This is so cool,” referencing the fire at the officer’s home.
This is so coolhttps://t.co/lOzu4dP5Tw
— PNW Youth Liberation Front (@PNWYLF) November 16, 2020
Interestingly, Twitter had no issue with a group celebrating the arson of a police officer’s home.
A spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau indicated that there was a “concern in this case that the officer was surveilled and followed home.” This arson action follows other acts in a series that have followed months of protests in cities like Portland and and Seattle, where some destroyed or defaced property.
The PNW Youth Liberation Front describes itself as a “[d]ecentralized network of autonomous youth collectives.” Apparently stating its goal, the group says: “Direct action towards total liberation.”
The group has also resisted the idea that protests should be peaceful.
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Antifa-support group cheers arson at police officer’s home – and Twitter allows it
November 17, 2020
WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR – The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, a group closely tied to the Portland area Antifa organization, has applauded the arson of a police officer’s or sheriff’s deputy’s home in Washington County, the area south and west of Portland.
Washington County contains Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Aloha, Hillsboro, and other large suburban towns.
Local authorities have involved federal law enforcement agencies in an investigation of a home fire that occurred west of Portland. The home belongs to a local law enforcement officer. The details and background of this story are chilling.
“This is so cool,” indicates the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front via Twitter:
This is so coolhttps://t.co/lOzu4dP5Tw
— PNW Youth Liberation Front (@PNWYLF) November 16, 2020
For reference, the name of the officer, the location of the home, and the officer’s department are not being released by publics news sources.
On Wednesday, the home and a vehicle parked next to the home were set ablaze, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO).
Speaking on behalf of a joint-department effort, WCSO indicated that they are still investigating, but believe the incident may be linked to recent protests in Portland and could be a form of intimidation:
“There’s concern in this case that the officer was surveilled and followed home.”
Since at least June, with protests occurring almost nightly in the Portland area, and Antifa being the primary motivator and participant group, stories have circulated through the greater Portland police community about online harassment and home vandalizing.
Lieutenant Greg Pashley of the Portland Police Bureau has explained that the department has allowed officers to cover up the nametags on their uniforms in an effort to stop personalized attacks, both digitally and in-person.
Lt Pashley states:
“There were officers who had concerns that their personal information would be shared, and that somehow their personal lives would be impacted negatively either by threats or intimidation or criminal activity.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE), the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue are investigating the fire.
Twitter did not censor the above Tweet from the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front for hate speech, nor did it suspend the group’s account. In a surprise move, though, Facebook deleted the group’s Facebook page.
Breaking: @Facebook has taken down the page of @pnwylf. The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front is the #antifa group responsible for organizing the ongoing riots in Portland. They've called for solidarity riots in other cities as well, which did happen in July. pic.twitter.com/VjcVkAOuDc
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 19, 2020
For more background, many groups related to Antifa don’t bear the Antifa name. The primary group, Rose city Antifa, proudly proclaims their anti-fascist status.
Rose City Antifa (RCA) was founded in Portland in 2007, and is the oldest Antifa group in the nation. While this movement of anti-fascism started in the 1980s, Rose City Antifa is the first to use the “Antifa” name.
The irony of anti-fascism is that the groups are primarily comprised of privileged white people, likely reaching out for identity attention.
One sociologist, Stanislav Vustotsky, tries to convince everyone that these are marginalized people:
“Many militant anti-fascists become involved in this form of activism because aspects of their identity are directly targeted by fascist violence; they are queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, people of color, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and certainly identified in ways that intersected across these categories.
For them, anti-fascism was a means of ensuring their safety from a movement that threatens their very existence and venerates violence as the highest form of action. Even the Antifa activists who identify as cis heterosexual white males are the targets of fascist violence as ‘race’ and ‘gender’ traitors.”
David Marcus with The Federalist directly counters that claim:
“Antifa’s goals are not those of most non-white Americans. Most non-white Americans don’t want to destroy the systems of government, abolish the police, end capitalism, or cripple corporations. The group is absolutely trying to impose a style of anarchy that is steeped in (and almost unique to) whiteness.”
On Thursday after the election, a group of Antifa extremists vandalized a bio-cleaning business in Portland as part of a string of targeted attacks on property since Election Day.
After announcing a gathering in southeast Portland, antifa marched to Rapid Response Bio Clean & smashed up the place. The business has a contract w/the city to clean biohazards at homeless encampments. #Antifa want the cleaning to stop, saying it displaces the homeless. pic.twitter.com/6h4N3H6wrS
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) November 13, 2020
“Last Thursday night, a couple dozen Antifa dressed in black bloc gathered at Colonel Summers Park in southeast Portland.
The planned “direct action” was announced via a digital flyer on social media. From there, they marched to the office of Rapid Response Bio Clean, a business that contracts with the city of Portland to clean biohazardous material from public spaces.
Part of its contract includes removing and cleaning homeless encampments.
Shielding themselves with black umbrellas, Antifa proceeded to disable the building’s security cameras with spray paint and smash its windows. They wrote, ‘Sweeps kill’ and ‘ACAB’ (all cops are bastards) on the property.”
We at Law Enforcement Today must give proper credit to Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo on Twitter).
Andy is a Vietnamese-American who has taken extreme mental and physical abuse to report almost daily on the movements of Antifa nationwide.
With the group’s activity most prevalent in Portland, many of his stories generate from the Pacific Northwest.
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