The car, a white Kia, was driving near the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland, where a majority of the nightly riots that have plagued the city have ended up. This was when a violent mob converged on the car, demanding that it clear the road so that the rioters can continue their battles with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).
The whole incident was recorded by several journalists in the area, including the group known as Portland Independent Documentarians. They said that the vehicle was “driving erratically” before it was forced to accelerate into the rioters. One witness said that the car even tried to swerve into the street multiple times.
Finding no other alternative to avoid the violent mob, which was chanting for the car to “get out of the [expletive] road,” the driver fired his gun into the air at least six times to warn the rioters to stay back. It promptly drove off afterward as the mob finally cleared for the vehicle to leave.
The person who took the video claims that the driver was a demonstrator himself and that he had been drinking with some of them before getting into his car.
No demonstrator has reported any injury related to the event. Unfortunately, nobody knows the motive behind either the driver’s or the mob’s behaviors, as the PPB did not respond and investigate the shooting incident.
Listen to this episode of the Health Ranger Report, a podcast by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, as he talks about how the Black Lives Matter domestic terrorist movement and their Antifa allies have significantly updated the rules of engagement that they operate under to give their armed members the freedom to open fire upon people in cars with the intent of murdering the vehicle’s occupants.
Every night since May 28, just three days after the death of George Floyd, Antifa and the Black Lives Matter Movement in Portland have been descending upon the city and turning it into a war zone. Mobs of violent rioters have been vandalizing and destroying both private and public property, as well as clashing with the PPB. This has led to hundreds of casualties on both sides. Unfortunately, it appears that unless a radically different change occurs in how the city is governed, the violent demonstrations will not end, as many city officials have repeatedly bowed down to the wishes of both Antifa and BLM. (Related: Portland police: Cops can’t keep facing off with violent rioters every night.)
Early in June, PPB Chief of Police Jami Resch was forced to resign as Black Lives Matter sent a scathing letter talking about the lack of diversity in her command staff. To replace her, African American police lieutenant Chuck Lovell, an 18-year veteran of the bureau, was made chief of police. The BLM movement has so far approved of his tenure as he has so far done very little to put a definitive halt to the nightly rioting.
Worse still, the Portland City Council, composed entirely of Democrats and including Mayor Ted Wheeler, voted to cut $15 million from the budget of the PPB for the upcoming fiscal year. The bureau was supposed to receive an additional $244 million. The cut was proposed by City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, another Democrat and the only Black member of the city council, who said that the nearly six percent cut from the PPB’s budget represents a historic moment for Portland.
While this is a victory for the Black Lives Matter movement, they have not been satisfied by what they believe to be an insufficient cut, as the city’s chapter of the domestic terrorist movement has been demanding a budget reduction of no less than $50 million.
Nearly $5 million of the PPB’s budget will be redirected to a new program to dispatch unarmed first responders to people experiencing homelessness known as the Portland Street Response. Unfortunately, this new program will not be able to do much to combat the city’s violent mobs, who, as of July 9, have cost the city around $23 million in property damages and lost business revenue.
And it seems that the PPB is also beginning to suspect that Portland’s local government may be working for Antifa and BLM rather than for the PPB and the city’s residents. The Portland Police Association, the labor union that represents rank-and-file bureau members, announced that the union’s executive board has voted “no confidence” in the City Council. They have decried the lack of support from the council and bravely said that they would continue to stand up for the rights and safety of Portlanders even if the City Council refuses to do so.
As the PPB begs the City Council to provide them with more aid and to stop defending the Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters, the only help the city has received has come from the federal government. President Donald Trump has proclaimed that federal agents have been deployed to Portland to conduct mass arrests of rioters and domestic terrorists and reinstate law and order in the city.
“We’ve done a great job in Portland,” said Trump on Monday, July 13. “Portland was totally out of control, and they went in, and I guess we have many people right now in jail. We very much quelled it, and if it starts again, we’ll quell it again very easily. It’s not hard to do, if you know what you’re doing.”
The federal officers come from four law enforcement agencies, including Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Protective Service and the U.S. Marshals. The objectives of their current deployment have been limited to protecting federal property and personnel in Downtown Portland. This includes keeping the rioters away from the Terry Schrunk Plaza, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, the Pioneer Courthouse and the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.
So far, nearly a dozen people have already been arrested by federal authorities, and as the riots continue, there’s no doubt that dozens more might be taken into federal custody.
The civil unrest the whole country is dealing with is far from over. Stay updated on the latest criminal acts perpetrated by Antifa and the Black Lives Matter movement at Rioting.news.