Revealed: More than 60 overnight calls to 911 couldn’t be responded to right away because of Portland rioters


PORTLAND, OR – The protests that turned into riots that started on the evening of August 15th and continued to the early morning hours of the 16th resulted in more than the typical vandalism, assaults and other criminal acts expected during riots.

This riot in particular also resulted in over sixty 911 calls not getting an expedient response, for hours in some cases, because police were occupied with hundreds of rioters.

At approximately midnight on the 16th, the protest that saw hundreds blocking traffic for hours and committing acts of vandalism and assault was deemed to be a riot by Portland Police.

Most of the crowd has positioned themselves outside of the Penumbra Kelly Building, which is a city-owned building used by the PPB and other officials.

It took nearly three hours after police declared that the protest was a riot before any semblance of order was restored.

Security cameras at the Penumbra Kelly Building were reportedly spray-painted over, rocks were hurled at police vehicles in the parking lot of the building and officers were also assaulted with rocks and glass bottles.

Reportedly two officers were hospitalized from the riot. According to a press release from the PPB, the following was stated about the injured officers:

“Portland Fire & Rescue treated two Portland Police members injured by rocks thrown by individuals in the crowd. Both of them went to the hospital for further treatment. One of the rocks weighed 9.5 pounds and was thrown by a person in group of people wearing “press” as the officer prepared to ride away on a truck.”

That same press release from the PPB also stated that 11 people were arrested for various acts from the rioting that took place between the 15th and the 16th.

Most of those arrested carried charges such as assault on a police officer, riot, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and numerous other charges typically seen levied during arrests at riots.

When making mention of the emergency calls that were unable to be tended to immediately, the PPB’s statement on that matter was as follows:

“Over 60 calls for police service were holding around the city. Some had been holding for the length of the events described here. Call types ranged from theft, vandalism, suspicious activity, hazards, hit and run, burglary, violation of restraining order, alarms, stolen cars, harassment and many others.”

Let that sink in. 

Because of adults that decided they wanted to continue their violent and destructive riots and protesting, police were preoccupied with the criminal acts of the crowd so much so that people being victimized elsewhere in the city couldn’t be tended to by authorities. 

And you can bet your bottom dollar that criminals are loving the riots – because it affords them the perfect cover to commit whatever ill-deeds they so desire. It’s the exact reason why people only see looting when a riot is happening…because the criminal element understands that police have their hands full. 

Of course, other news outlets did their best to spin the riot as just a peaceful display only made worse by police.

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Once again, after riots transpired in Portland on the evening of August 15, media outlets like Newsweek attempted to paint a narrative that police in the city attacked protesters just demonstrating.

Well, this was of course after police declared that a riot was taking place, and that the crowd was ordered to disperse. Instead, they decided to form some kind of a shield line after reports of vandalism and other crimes.

Yet, that didn’t stop Newsweek’s version of “reporting” on the riot, with the opening line of their report being:

“Portland Police officers were seen charging into a line of protesters carrying shields and swinging their batons as demonstrations against police brutality in the city continued for the 80th night.”

The news outlet decided to accompany this angled version of the riot with the following video – which is completely divorced from the context of what transpired earlier.

Newsweek must fancy themselves as dreidel’s, because they sure did a lot of spinning on the reporting of the riot.

The reality of the situation, was that a riot was declared by police via loudspeaker prior to any sort of crowd interaction.

Portland Police also sent out an advisory on Twitter, announcing that rioters cease engaging in property destruction:

“Portland Police are making loudspeaker announcements to individuals throwing rocks on the east side of the building at N.E. 47/Burnside. Anyone who does may be subject to arrest or use of force to include crowd control munitions.”

“Portland Police are directing people in this riot to move away to the west or be subject to arrest, use of force to include crowd control munitions pepper spray or tear gas.”

Furthermore, there’s hardly anything peaceful about rioters forming a shield line in what appears to be preparation for a skirmish.

So, let’s see what happened before the riot was declared, and Newsweek wanted to paint the “protesters” as nothing more than choir boys getting attacked by police.

In this footage, we have the real peaceful demonstrators known as American Wolf who are standing while rioters berate them and surround them. Shortly thereafter, when a limousine bearing the word “Wolf” on the rear window is present – you see the vehicle attacked by someone with a glass bottle.

 So far, that looks like activities that would rise to riotous designations.

And prior to the riot being declared, you have people encroaching the property of the police building known as the Penumbra Kelly building.

With little surprise, shortly after people unlawfully crossed onto the property they were told to abstain from, you have a rioter spray painting an anarchy symbol on the building.

Of course, that “shield line” enabled by the rioters was formed on police property, as showcased in the below videos, prior to police dispersing the crowd.

As you can clearly see – the rioters were beckoning a response from police…while on the police department’s property…that they were told to leave from.

From there, after these miscreants formed their shield line, stayed on police property when told to leave, and were said to have engaged in throwing rocks and bottles at police officers – they were given one last warning before a riot was declared.

Well, the PPB was done with warnings and officially declared a riot.

Take one guess at who didn’t leave – the rioters.

Police had clearly called over the loudspeaker that the affair was now officially a riot, and even instructed those present to exit the area.

That is what led to police engaging the crowd – which the rioters were warned time and again that tear gas would be deployed (it was), and that force may be used in concurrence of dispersing methods.

It’s the kind of selective reporting by entities like Newsweek on these riots that continues to hide what is really happening. Police have been responding to the riots and actions of these malefactors, yet media outlets just love to paint police as the bad guys.


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