Dereliction of Duty: Portland police will use tear gas on a peaceful “wall of moms,” but when right-wing, Trump-loving, armed and violent Proud Boys riot and attack counterprotesters, they do nothing.
The Washington Post reports:
Portland police stand by as Proud Boys and far-right militias flash guns and brawl with antifa counterprotesters
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports:
Protesters at Portland rallies to show support for police and President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign engaged in physical combat repeatedly with counterprotesters Saturday without police intervention. Members of the chaotic crowd used an array of weapons, including baseball bats and firearms to beat and threaten those they opposed.
The Post report notes:
People in the far-right crowd came armed with paintball guns, metal rods, aluminum bats, fireworks, pepper spray, rifles and handguns.
As the brawls unfolded, Portland police officers remained at a distance.
Police said they did not stop the violence, although the event met the criteria to be declared a riot, because too few officers were available to respond and they deemed it too dangerous to intervene.
Too dangerous for the police to intervene? Too dangerous for the police to do their job? WTF?
In a statement, the police bureau said:
While the activity in the group met the definition of a riot, PPB did not declare one because there were not adequate police resources available to address such a declaration.
The inaction of the Portland police stands as a clear indictment. Are they simply incompetent cowards? Or do they support the right-wing Proud Boys, and so refuse to enforce the law? Or is it both?
The following is a sample of reactions to the story via Twitter:
This victim-blaming from officers is… really something. pic.twitter.com/xiJ39PU5zf
— Alex Zielinski (@alex_zee) August 23, 2020
Proud Boys wreaking havoc in Portland today— swinging pipes, brandishing bats, attacking women and assaulting Black Lives Matter activists. This is what happens when we leave extremist and racist violence unchecked. pic.twitter.com/VGO3oBhwQt
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) August 23, 2020
— Merrick for America (Ancommie Mommie) (@merrickdeville) August 23, 2020
— AvionasoPicasso� (@ChingonPicasso) August 22, 2020
For an insight into the violent and dangerous nature of the Proud Boys, watch Gavin McInnes, founder of The Proud Boys, explain:
This is Gavin McInnes, founder of The Proud Boys, talking about why he created them & what their purpose is.
They are still not designed as a terrorist group.pic.twitter.com/6TljU51tH3
— Rational Disconnect (@RationalDis) May 31, 2020
Bottom line: Portland police do nothing as Trump-loving, armed and violent Proud Boys riot and attack counterprotesters.