PORTLAND, OR— As Law Enforcement Today has continuously reported, Portland, Oregon has been overrun with violent crime since defunding the police.
Portland’s Mayor, Ted Wheeler, has recently said that more resources are needed to help combat the violence plaguing the once-beautiful city streets.
In addition to the violent crime, and the fact that the police departments are already stretched thin, Antifa has now reportedly threatened to begin the chaos in the streets again, as Law Enforcement Today recently reported.
With all of this taking place, business owners are taking measures into their own hands to help protect both their staff and their patrons, KATU reported.
With businesses downtown feeling compelled to buy their workers bulletproof vests and hire armed security, what are Portland's leaders doing about it?
Police called the situation "unfortunate," and Mayor Wheeler (who is also police commissioner) gave us a statement #LiveonK2 pic.twitter.com/EqJjnv8aAQ
— Dan McCarthy (@DanMcKATU) July 27, 2021
Multiple businesses have said that they have now purchased bulletproof vests for their staff, claiming this is the latest attempt to combat neighborhood violence.
Brad McCray, owner of the popular night club, Candy, located on NW Couch Street said this comes after a spike in foot traffic and Portland cutting back the police bureau’s entertainment district detail last year.
McCray has reportedly taken it a step further, and is now arming security and patting down every customer that walks in the door.
“I feel like they are once again leaving it up to us, leaving it up to the small business owner to do what they can, but this isn’t really our specialty, this isn’t what I’m here for,”
McCray said this is a necessary step to keep people coming back during this time.
“A lot of the clientele, they comment on it. They say, ‘Oh look, these guys. I feel safe now.’ That’s what we want to do is let everyone know that when they’re in here, they’re safe,”
Despite last year’s entertainment district cuts, Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office said it has increased police presence downtown with more daily foot patrols, as well as strategic deployment in certain areas and times, KATU reported.
Dan Lenzen, the owner at Dixie Tavern said that these measures are still not enough.
“The businesses are going to have to assume a lot more of the responsibility than they have in the past. It’s going to cost a lot more money to do business if we’re open later at night,”
Multiple nightclubs in downtown Portland tell us they've invested in bulletproof vests and armed security. Some locations, like Candy, are also patting down customers who come in the door. They tell us with recent violence in the neighborhood, it's time to make changes. pic.twitter.com/gwTUkgFRc0
— Megan Allison (@mallisonKATU) July 27, 2021
In response to these businesses having to combat crime on their own, the Portland Police said:
“It is unfortunate businesses have to take such a measure.”
Officers tell KATU the bureau wants to do all it can to serve those who live, work in, or visit Portland.
Although the Portland police would like to do all they can for the businesses, some owners, like Lenzen, said in the current climate, private security feels like a necessity.
“I don’t think it necessarily is too extreme. For people in charge and people on the front lines to wear vests, I think it’s a safe thing, at least for right now,”
Lenzen said the next concern is the Clean and Safe contract. That provides oversight for downtown Portland. The current contract is set to end in September.
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.
‘You know what to do Portland’: Antifa once again threatening violence at upcoming patriotic event
July 23, 2021
PORTLAND, OR- According to a recent Twitter post from independent journalist Andy Ngo, Antifa accounts are threatening violence against an alleged upcoming Patriotic Event in Portland on August 22nd.
“You know what to do Portland.”
Antifa accounts are threatening violence against an alleged upcoming patriotic event in Portland on 22 August. It’s not confirmed who is behind the digital flyers for the “United We Win” event. pic.twitter.com/M2TkliKEz4
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 22, 2021
As stated in his tweet, it has yet to be confirmed who is behind the digital flyers for the reported “United We Win” event, but user @dakisback2, made a clear statement after re-sharing a tweet from @potato_bloc on how Antifa plans to show up:
“Far right nationalists are descending upon PDX on August 22nd. You know what do do Portland.”
The original flyer for the “United We Win” event was mimicked by Antifa members who plan to show up at the same place and time and as it states in their flyer, “Bloc Up and Bring PPE,” essentially threatening those at the “United We Win” event that there will be violence.
According to reports, last year, on August 22, 2020, there were dueling demonstrations in downtown Portland between pro-police and pro-Donald Trump supporters, and Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters.
Reportedly, far-right organizers organized a noon event with the stated goal of “saying no to Marxism,” which drew multiple plans for counter-protests from far left-wing groups. Another event, called the “Mother of All Back the Blue Rallies” launched at the Justice Center, also around noon.
Portland antifa member Cyan Waters Bass has been convicted & sentenced to 4 years in prison for throwing a firebomb at police & setting the Justice Center on fire at a riot. He’s one of the very few rioters sentenced to jail time. https://t.co/9z8TvfZncF
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 21, 2021
Within 15 minutes of the noon rallying launch, protesters changed “USA, USA, USA” and waved American flags on the steps of the Justice Center. Across the street in the park, others were chanting, “Black Lives Matter.”
By 12:30 p.m. that day, hundreds of people filled the park, streets, and sidewalks representing both sides. Both sides also equally used a variety of weapons and tossed numerous objects at each other. Video snippets on social media showed a handful of protesters from both sides clashing and pushing each other.
Numerous people had shields, wood or metal batons, and some on both sides carried paint ball guns. Reportedly, protesters on both sides thew rocks, water bottles, and shot paint balls.
As of this writing, it is unclear if the alleged upcoming “United We Win” event will be a protest or demonstration, but what is clear is that Antifa refuses to let people peacefully protest and exercise their First Amendment. They plan to be violent and cause destruction in a city that has seen over a year straight of nightly rioting.
In another recent Twitter post, Ngo shared how Antifa in Portland put out an “alert” about Canadian firebrand paster Artur Pawlowski’s planned event in Portland on August 7th. Antifa indicated that they would be there to “shut it down” and will use violence to do so.
Antifa in Portland have put out an “alert” about Canadian firebrand pastor @ArturPawlowski1’s planned event in Portland, Ore. on 7 August. Antifa say they will be there to shut down the event (using violence). pic.twitter.com/3aIGVGJtkp
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 21, 2021
A recent article in the Post Millennial proves just how destructive Antifa mob members are. An alleged Antifa member faces federal charges over $164,000 in riot damage.
The accused rioter was caught on surveillance video causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages to federal property at three separate Portland riots.
The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Aaron Amoss, of Fairview, Oregon, has close ties to Antifa. A masked man, identified as Amoss, was recorded throwing projectiles at the courthouse’s windows in the early hours of March 14th.
That same week, federal officials began dismantling the heavy duty fencing that was erected last year to protect the building from rioters. Unsurprisingly, Antifa extremists gathered almost immediately to vandalize the courthouse again, forcing officials to put the fencing back up.
Earlier this year, an antifa group in Sonoma County, Calif. poured blood & dumped a severed pig’s head at a family home they thought belonged to a witness of the Chauvin trial. They were wrong.
This act in Los Angeles demonstrates who & what antifa are. https://t.co/mP2VfQNYTw
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 18, 2021
Amoss is accused of doing more than $143,000 in property damages that day. The federal criminal complain suggests that Amoss is affiliated with or is a member of Antifa. A senior special agent with the Federal Protective Service, wrote in the affidavit:
“Protest events in Portland are primarily attended by people in ‘black bloc,’ a term used to describe the all black, nondescript clothing. Antifa and other groups have stated that the intent of wearing ‘black bloc’ is to protect members of the group willing to take ‘direct action’ by making it difficult for law enforcement to identify individuals and further anonymizing them.”
Amoss’ social media posts further suggest he is an Antifa member. Reportedly, in a Facebook post at the height of the daily riots in July 2020, he instructed Portland protesters to wear facial coverings to evade identification and potential arrest by federal authorities. He wrote:
“Wear facial coverings everywhere and switch up your routes daily. Do not become predictable.”
Antifa continued their violent rioting and anarchy – but this time LAPD was ready to strike back
July 18th, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA- Violent rioting continues to take place in several large cities across the country, Los Angeles included, yet the destructive mess Antifa leaves behind seems to left out of the mainstream media reporting.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) July 17, 2021
Antifa continues to deface and destroy property, causing issues around the Wi Spa, where several protesters were recently arrested after a dueling protest over transgender rights at the Los Angeles spa.
On Saturday, July 17th, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reportedly had enough as they moved in to disperse violent Antifa members. There were protesters and counter-protesters, making the situation more chaotic.
Play stupid games win stupid prizes.
"LAPD shoot an antifa member with a non lethal round in front of the Wi spa in Los Angeles CA." pic.twitter.com/yk0FlexYb0
— 🇺🇸🦅 P💥A💥T💥R💥I💥O💥T🦅🇺🇸 (@BlessUSA2024) July 17, 2021
The protests stemmed from a video that went viral earlier in the month, in which an irate customer complained to the staff at Wi Spa about a transgender woman’s exposed genitalia in the women’s section of the spa.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) July 17, 2021
During the protest, not only were Antifa members attacking other protesters, but they also assaulted officers. On officer was reportedly caught on video using his baton on two Antifa protesters after one pulled down their mask to spit on the officers face.
According to Detective Meghan Aguliar, a spokeswoman for the LAPD, police declared an unlawful assembly in front of the spa in Koreatown around 11 a.m. when demonstrators against transgender access to the spa’s facilities clashed with counter protesters and some in the crowd, mainly Antifa members, threw smoke bombs and other harmful objects at officers.
WI SPA LA: LAPD Officer OBLITERATES 2 ANTIFA Militants at ONCE with his club after one pulls their mask down to SPIT in the officers FACE
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) July 18, 2021
Several dozen people were arrested for ignoring orders to disperse.
Later, when the rioting settled, police found stun guns, knives, and pepper spray discarded on the street. Aguilar did not have an immediate arrest count, but confirmed that no officer was injured and no protester was transported to any hospital.
The New York Post reported that the dueling demonstrations were spurred by the same video that sparked the violent protests outside the spa on July 3rd. In the video clip, that went viral, the irate woman said:
“He is a man. He is not a female. There are girls down there, other women who are highly offended by what they just saw and you did nothing. You sided with him.”
Proud Boys and Antifa clash outside Koreatown spa as LAPD uses rubber bullets to disperse mob https://t.co/bzbvqc6mLm
— Sunshine PA Sue. (@PennslytckySue) July 18, 2021
The spa defended its practices in a statement, by saying:
“Like many other metropolitan areas, Los Angeles contains a transgender population, some of whom enjoy visiting a spa. Wi Spa strives to meet the needs of all its customers.”
Fox News reported that a flyer posted online by the southwest chapter of the Youth Liberation Front, which was described by the Seattle Times as a “persistent militant voice,” encouraged followers to gather at Wi Spa at 10:00 a.m. on July 17th to “SMASH TRANSPHOBIA” and “SMASH FACISM.” The group reportedly tweeted:
“ROUND TWO MOTHER (EXPLETIVE).”
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) July 17, 2021
During the dueling protests on July 3rd, videos show bystanders attempting to break up some fighting, but violence erupted on repeated occasions throughout the day.
LAPD officer Mike Lopez, a department spokesman, stated that no arrests had been made during that demonstration, but at least five crimes had been reported against five separate victims. He said in a statement:
“Three of them were victims of assault and batter, and the other two were assault with a deadly weapon.”
At a protest near Wilshire Bl & Rampart Bl, 2 groups clashed. Smoke bombs/projectiles were thrown at ofcrs & a dispersal order was issued. Several dozen people were arrested. Numerous items in violation of 55.07 LAMC were found discarded including a stungun, knives, pepper spray pic.twitter.com/exk7vvTfRm
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 17, 2021
Mainstream media continues to ignore Antifa and their violent, destructive ways. Antifa continues to argue that they do not have to remain peaceful, which seems to be true as evidenced by how the radical left keeps dealing with them.
In several large cities across the country, Antifa members continue to destroy businesses and property without any concern or punishment and in many of these Democrat run cities, the court cases keep getting thrown out.
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.