Portland rioters send message to police: Torch severed pig head with police hat on American flag

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PORTLAND, OR – One day after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the phased withdrawal of federal officers, protesters dumped an American flag on the ground and placed a bloody, severed pig’s head with a police hat on it and then set it on fire as a gruesome effigy, making it clear that animal lives don’t matter.

Animal Rights Watch reported the horrific act took place Thursday night:

“Black Lives Matter and Antifa protesters [supported and aided by animal rights ‘intersectional’ organizations such as: PETA, DxE, Animal Save, Mercy for Animals, The Humane Society, Animal Outlook and many others], took aim at Portland’s Justice Center Thursday night creating a horrific display involving a severed pig head wearing a policeman’s hat, sitting on an American flag.

“The deceased animal’s head and flag were both lit on fire.”

Animal Rights Watch noted an earlier situation when police had rescued an abandoned hog:

“Police found an abandoned pet pig not far from that area in the earlier days of riots; they believed that was a first attempt to kill an animal in order to send a message to the police but the perpetrators abandoned their plan before they were able to carry it out.”

Happily, the hog was taken to a farm owned by a retired police officer who agreed to care for it.

Ironically, protesters using slaughtered pigs to send messages to police and federal officers may not be aware the acronym PIG stands for pride, integrity and guts in the law enforcement world.

Federal officers have been stationed at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse for weeks, where protesters have attacked them and the building with bottles, rocks, fireworks and other incendiary devices.

Several were arrested for disorderly conduct, assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest at violent demonstrations on July 2 and 3.

The U.S. Department of Justice showed some of the contraband used by protesters:

“Contraband such as gasoline, hockey sticks, defense shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, paint cans with paint, and a jar prepped for a Molotov cocktail confiscated by federal law enforcement from violent agitators outside federal Portland courthouse.”

Yet, Brown did not appreciate the federal officers and actually blamed them for bringing violence in a July 29 tweet:

“After my discussions with VP Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland. They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence. Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland.”

The governor did not comment on the violence brought by protesters in the weeks preceding the arrival of federal officers.

Mayor Ted Wheeler agreed with her assessment of who is responsible for violence in downtown Portland:

“The federal occupation of our community has brought a new kind of fear to our streets. Federal agents nearly killed a demonstrator, and their presence has led to increased violence and vandalism in our downtown core.”

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted on July 29:

“As I told the Governor yesterday, federal law enforcement will remain in Portland until the violent activity toward our federal facilities ends. We are not removing any law enforcement while our facilities and law enforcement remain under attack.”

Some accused Brown of lying:


President Trump tweeted later on July 29:

“If the Federal Government and its brilliant Law Enforcement (Homeland) didn’t go into Portland one week ago, there would be no Portland — It would be burned and beaten to the ground. If the Mayor and Governor…

“…do not stop the Crime and Violence from the Anarchists and Agitators immediately, the Federal Government will go in and do the job that local law enforcement was supposed to do!”

According to KATU2, Brown clarified that local officers from the Oregon State Police will provide protection for free speech among protesters and will help the Federal Protection Service secure the exterior of the courthouse. A limited number of federal officials who act as building security year-round will also remain to guard the building.

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said the Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office will work with Oregon State Police to keep Portlanders safe, according to KATU2. He also said he believed Oregon resources, expertise and values are sufficient to manage Oregon issues.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reached a deal with Brown earlier this week, in which state police would be used to keep the peace during demonstrations and that federal forces would remain in the city but be used as a last resort, according to RT News.

Thursday was the first protest held since the federal officers were pulled back, and some protesters noted the different atmosphere.

“It’s much more low-key and a bit more subdued,” said Shannon Echavarria, a 53-year-old pet care professional, speaking at around 10 p.m. “Normally by this time, people would be banging on that fence. There’d be fireworks. They’d be pouring debris over.”

It was not clear if Echavarria was aware of the pig head being burned on Thursday night.

Protesters were spotted setting fires and committing acts of vandalism on Friday night, according to RT News. In addition, “peaceful” protesters decided to torch a Bible and another flag 24 hours after setting the pig’s head on fire:

“Footage published by RT’s Ruptly video agency shows a group of protesters on Friday night gathered around a burning Bible, with several individuals mockingly warming their hands around the fire. Laughter and shouts of ‘F**k Trump’ can be heard in the background.

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