There was another Patriot Prayer rally in Portland this weekend and Portland police are being criticized this morning by the ACLU for their rough treatment of Antifa. From KATU:
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon said Portland Police Bureau’s response to Saturday’s protest was “completely unacceptable” in a statement it issued Sunday.
The Police Bureau is under scrutiny after some protesters reported they were injured when officers used “less lethal” force to control the crowd.
Now, police say they’re conducting an internal investigation to see if officers followed bureau policies.
Even Kathy Griffin is upset:
Oh, fuck off! Police in Portland,of all cities, siding with & protecting nazis “proud boys” and “prayer…” some shit. White America has to face the harsh reality that cops are largely racist. Yeah, I said it. The cops are fighting the actual Portlanders and calling them “antifa” https://t.co/Z08UuXefaR
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 4, 2018
The action all took place Saturday afternoon when Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer group showed up in Portland and was met by a larger group of protesters and masked Antifa members. The police tried to keep the two groups apart and began seizing anything that could be used as weapons. I’m relying heavily for the play-by-play on Mike Bivins who covered this scene for hours Saturday:
Police gave Antifa the same treatment:
A little while later and the Antifa/counter-protesters are marching:
Naturally, this being the left, they are chanting anti-police slogans as well:
For a while, there was a standoff with Antifa on one side of the street and Patriot Prayer on the other side separated by police:
Around 12:30 pm, police ordered Antifa to leave the area. You can listen to the loudspeaker announcement in this next clip. Police state they have spotted weapons in the crowd.
Antifa goons making their way to the front. Bivins called them Soviet Squad:
When asked why he called them this, he responded:
In any case, the Antifa people were not there for a peaceful protest.
They weren’t kidding either. This guy trying to hold onto his flag got hit in the head with a bat:
For a while, both groups were marching around the streets with Patriot Prayer’s movements being tracked by large groups of Antifa. Police appear to be trying to get Antifa to back off:
And that’s when the police started using flash-bang grenades to get people to disperse:
In this clip, police explain over a loudspeaker why they’re trying to get Antifa to disperse: Officers have observed protesters throwing “rocks and bottles. The projectiles were thrown at officers…”
This Antifa guy stole a MAGA hat from a black woman but eventually gave it back:
Some scuffles with police trying to keep order:
Patriot prayer eventually left on buses, headed back to Washington state:
After 8 hours of protesting, four people were arrested and three people were treated for injuries. Police posted a press release about the day’s events on their website including the damaging of several police cars (you can guess who did that):
When officers arrived in the area of Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest Columbia Boulevard, they learned multiple police vehicles, possibly with officers inside the vehicles, were trapped in a group of protesters who were throwing an unknown chemical agent as well as other projectiles at officers. Officers provided directions to the protesters using the sound truck, as well as deployed riot control agents and less lethal impact weapons. The officers located three damaged police vehicles after the crowd moved from the vehicles. There were no officers inside the vehicles.
You can see photos of the damaged cars here. Portland has been the scene of regular clashes between Patriot Prayer and Antifa. I wrote about similar marches/rallies in June and July. Portland was also recently the scene of an extended Occupy ICE protest which was aided by Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler. Antifa seemed to be expressing their approval of the Mayor over the weekend: