PORTLAND, OR –Riots in Portland have are approaching their 100th consecutive night.
And Thursday brought new attacks on the Portland City Hall and threats to police.
Members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter geared up and headed downtown for their nightly chore of being criminals. You’ve got to wonder if their mothers send them with a brown bag lunch.
On August 25th, members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter began their nightly march to incite violence, destroy property, and injure officers around 9:30pm from the Shemanski Park according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Some of the criminal members in this group where wearing body armor, gas masks, and carried shields.
The criminals marched from the park and made their way to the City Hall on Southwest 4th Avenue.
Once there, they began spray-painting the building and breaking security cameras while other criminals blocked traffic. According to the news released, other criminals were “seen smashing security features on the building.”
The mob, including criminals wearing press on their shirts, then broke the windows of the building and went inside, and attempted to start the building on fire. Based on the criminal behavior, the police declared an unlawful assembly.
As happens nightly, the Portland Police gave several warnings over loudspeakers for the crowd to disperse or face “arrest and/or the use of crowd control munitions including but not limited to tear gas ad impact weapons.”
Despite the multiple warnings given, a large portion of the group stayed in defiance.
Officers moved in to disperse the crowd. After their initial push, officers made numerous arrests and the crowd seemed to calm slightly.
Officers backed off and the crowd immediately reengaged, again, as happens every night in Portland.
Some of the members of the riot returned to City Hall and began attempting to break the windows on the side facing 5th Avenue.
Additional warnings were given over loud speaker to disperse and criminals began shining green lasers in the eyes of the officers operating the speakers.
Portland Police said:
“At 1110pm, a man was seen igniting an aerosol can while spraying it towards City Hall in an attempt to set the building on fire. At the time of the fire, site security guards were working inside the building. Due to the extreme life safety concerns of those working inside the building, the incident commander determined that it was a riot.”
Officers gave several loud warnings that a riot had been declared and ordered all participants to leave the area or face use of force.
When these orders were ignored, officers moved in and dispersed the crowd while making more arrests. Portland Police then said that they noticed that someone had tried to sabotage their vehicles.
Portland Police said:
“Members of the group put rebar ties in the road in an effort to pop police car tires. A bus stop shelter was shattered by protestors. Officers were hit with projectiles such as eggs and bottles. A blue laser was shined in the eyes of an officer three times. This blue laser in particular can heat paper so hot that it will make it smoke within 3 seconds.”
Officers disengaged from the criminals in hopes that they mob would calm down, however, as it does every night, the mob went back into full force action…what was the definition of insanity, doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results?
Criminals were observed by police attacking City Hall a third time.
Several more loud announcements were made reminding the criminals that a riot had been declared. Officers moved back into the crowd and arrested several more people.
Then, of course, we have what’s happening in Seattle.
SEATTLE, WA – Even though Kenosha has been the hotspot as of late regarding riots, it doesn’t mean areas like Seattle, Washington have calmed down.
On August 24th, the Seattle Police Officers Guild office building was attacked with Molotov cocktails, with security cameras catching the video of the incendiary device spreading the flames.
KTTH Radio host Jason Rantz described the arson attack as being perpetrated by “criminal activists” on Twitter.
Video surveillance shows criminal activists attacked the Seattle Police Officers Guild office with two Molotov cocktails. This happened the same night as other activists attempted to cement officers into a precinct the activists tried to burn down.
READ: https://t.co/NXfkmV4BOE pic.twitter.com/DFltLXhZzK
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 26, 2020
Now, there seems to be a perfect word that accurately describes “criminal activists”. Considering that an activist aims for “political or social change and takes part in activities such as public protests” and that a criminal is…well, a criminal; perhaps the word he was looing for was “terrorists.”
You know, someone who engages in violent action, or the threat of, for political purposes.
According to the captured footage of the incident, two suspects approached the building at approximately 10:59 p.m. on August 24th while clad in dark clothing. The two suspects then appear to converse with each other briefly, before throwing the Molotov cocktails at the side of the building.
The fire burned for approximately two minutes before police arrived on the scene and subsequently extinguished the fire. At the time of the incident, there was no one inside of the building.
SPOG President Officer Mike Solan seems to think of the act as “domestic terrorism,” saying that this was an effort to “kill police officers”:
“What’s shown in the SPOG videos are two criminal actors determined to kill police officers by using Molotov cocktails to destroy private property that could possibly have people inside working.”
Officer Solan noted that the criminal element present within these types of violent malefactors shows their blatant disregard for others’ lives:
“These people have no fear. They do not adhere to law and order. They could care less about the human beings that could possibly be hurt or killed by their criminal, domestic terrorism actions.”
The SPOG president wants elected officials to address the attack launched against the building:
“I’ve called on our elected officials to profoundly condemn these domestic terrorist’s actions, whom are hurting our community.”
In an unsurprising turn, those who adore the anarchy enacted by these types of folks are acting as though trying to burn down a building is no big deal.
Alycia Ramirez, who considers herself some kind of online activist, had the following to say about incidents akin to this attack on the SPOG building, specifically commenting on an SPD precinct building being targeted by an arson attack the same evening:
“Let’s not forget that precinct and most others have multiple exits. So where is the proof that their intent was [to burn] officers alive? Or is this just more fantastical reporting from you?”
Seriously? Were you there? NONE of this is ok! All of the people involved should spend a long time in jail!
— Toni (@ImLivinginLight) August 26, 2020
It’s a fairly common tactic as of late for these Twitter users who adore the violence being brought by their comrades in the streets to act as though every documented attack is a conspiracy theory or not that big of a deal.
This has also spread to other news outlets, which uncritically report it as fact.
Spread by Jason Rantz and a known Twitter troll. This is not the first time I've seen known right wing trolls get quoted as credible in news articles https://t.co/M2phfB4Mq5 pic.twitter.com/nPyV0UPgfH
— Alycia Ramirez (@AlyciaRamirez3) August 26, 2020
Basically, what these efforts are is an attempt at gaslighting people.
Also, while Ramirez is among those who acts as though crimes caught on camera are being sensationalized, she was also among those sending out calls to not film any possible crimes that rioters commit.
2/ tools for face blurring + metadata scrubbing:
Signal Image Scrubber: https://t.co/3o9OCvNHaj
Image scrubber: https://t.co/VpJDBQqp5z
Video blurring + metadata scrubbing tools:
Anonymous Camera:https://t.co/kbje91Ahsc pic.twitter.com/yen3C9cZv8
— Alycia Ramirez (@AlyciaRamirez3) July 26, 2020
Also, it is with little surprise that days before the arson attack against the SPOG building on August 24th, Ramirez was spreading anti-police sentiments online and directly mentioning SPOG and their president, Officer Solan.
This is the SPOG (police union) President signal boosting Attomwaffen Andy.
SPD frequently antagonizes protesters on the Hill and Solan consistently frames protesters as "evil thugs".
Solan was paid over $200k last year, slightly more then the Mayorhttps://t.co/E4vGZTdfxo pic.twitter.com/Pw1aQB0b2c
— Alycia Ramirez (@AlyciaRamirez3) August 20, 2020
This is the anti-police rhetoric that our men and women in blue are faced up against.
People that clearly hold a severe disdain for policing, pretend like what they’re doing is “activism” and when things turn criminal, they act as though you’re crazy for thinking the actions are criminal.
Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters? Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you. Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories. Click to check it out.
Here’s another recent article about Seattle from Law Enforcement Today.
While some peaceful protest groups in Seattle have filtered out many of the violent activists and rioters, Seattle Police Officer Adam Fowler explained the more violent combatants continue to reign terror on the community.
Nearly three month after protests first began in Seattle, Fowler believes a separate group of 50 to 200 vicious and violent activists is not there to protest. Instead, the lawbreakers just want to “damage … something.”
“Those people are very violent, very destructive. They are ruining things. They want to harm businesses, harm things in Seattle.”
Fowler added that this group blames their illegal and divisive actions on law enforcement professionals.
“They want to harm us [police], and quickly try to turn the story on us like we have created something bad. They are going out and seeking us out every night to try to cause these issues.”
Fowler has experienced first hand the physical injuries caused to law enforcement, as three weeks ago he was one of a law enforcement group who arrested 18 unruly fighters. Unfortunately, he was also one of three officers that night who were injured.
According to hotair.com, Fowler was rushed to the hospital after a mortar went off near his eye.
In an interview with local station KING, Fowler described the moment he was hit, by the illegal explosive, before help arrived:
“The only thing I could see was a bright flash and then a loud bang and what felt like a hammer hitting me in the face… I lost my vision momentarily … probably anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. My first initial thought was ‘I’m going to lose my left eye.”
The mortar had been launched behind Fowler, and when the explosive detonated it hit the officer in the back. When he turned back toward his patrol bicycle, another explosive ignited, causing the damage to his eye socket.
The mortar shells fired by the assaulting crowd are not merely firecrackers. Instead, they are commercial grade explosive devices using a mortar, or a portable, muzzle-loaded weapon consisting of a tube that launches explosive shells, or technically, bombs, in “high-arcing ballistic trajectories.”
The explosives that go into the tubes, the “bombs,” require a license to buy and detonate. They are commercial-grade explosives that must be configured by a licensed professional, in a display that many patriots might view with their families at their local city park on the Fourth of July.
Seattle combatants are not alone in their ongoing assault on law enforcement officers. As stories are published across the country, from Chicago’s July 17th ambush of police in an attack that left 49 officers injured to police cars set afire in Minneapolis, Washington DC and Boston, to a slashed officer’s neck in Jacksonville, FL, out-of-control rioting lawbreakers continue to target the police.
Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.
Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing! (See image below.) Thanks for being a part of the LET family!