The police aren’t only rioting. They’re getting worse.
Last night in Portland cops completely broke the no tear gas law, then dragged people out of their cars into the gas.
How is this not getting national attention?
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 26, 2020
So we’re really doing that “capitalize the word black” thing, huh?
Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell spoke [Friday] afternoon at the corner of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Killingsworth Street about the attack last night on the Portland Police Bureau’s nearby North Precinct and a number of adjacent businesses, which officials say are owned by people of color.
Wheeler said that when protesters nailed and barricaded doors shut and set the North Precinct on fire with people inside the building, they moved from the realm of legitimate protest to reckless criminality.
“Last night was about arson, destruction and endangering lives,” Wheeler said.
Lovell, who earlier this month became the bureau’s fourth Black chief, called the protesters’ actions “evil.”
The police description of what happened last night along Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was complicated by firsthand reports. While city officials described a focused attempt to destroy the precinct and harm those inside, two reporters told WW that some protesters set a fire and others tried to put it out, until police munitions drove them away.
A Police Bureau representative tells WW that officers did not deem the threat sufficient to evacuate the building.
Still, the direct attack on a police building and Black-owned businesses rankled several of the city’s longtime civil rights leaders.
The leaders spoke in even stronger terms of protesters—some of them white—who were ostensibly acting in the interest of racial justice and against police brutality.
“We have got to call terrorism ‘terrorism,'” said the Rev. Steven Holt, senior pastor at the Kingdom Nation Church.
Tony Hopson, co-founder and CEO of Self Enhancement Inc., a nonprofit that works primarily with Black youth, said the violence was “a distraction,” and detrimental to the national movement for racial justice catalyzed by George Floyd’s May 25 death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
“It’s against Black Lives Matter,” Hopson said.
Ron Herndon, who has led reform movements against police brutality, inferior schools and other forms of discrimination against Black Portlanders since the 1970s, spoke from the perspective of decades on the front lines.
“When I hear about something being burned down, that is an act that has always been used against Black people,” Herndon said. “They burnt down our businesses, our churches and our schools. That is a tactic that has been used to destroy Black people, not help Black people.”
Yeah well, you people started these riots, now you’re just going to have to sleep in the burning bed you made.
Sorry not sorry.
This is the first time the police have stopped a riot in Portland in years.
.@PortlandPolice finally dispersed antifa rioters after a long night and early morning of violence & arson attacks in north Portland. It started with an autonomous zone occupation at the north precinct before devolving into street fires & looting. pic.twitter.com/PTk1tPotjL
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 26, 2020
They were watching the Antifa burn everything up for hours until they started burning the black businesses.
Antifa rioters in north Portland are throwing things into their street fire to make it grow bigger. @PortlandPolice stand back and watch from a distance. Rioters have a huge banner that reads, “Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground.” pic.twitter.com/khHrL0gfBj
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 26, 2020
If Antifa really want to bring their revolution in full, they need to deal with these blacks, who are holding them back.