During the 80th consecutive night of rioting in Portland, the evening’s assemblies got heated when a group of about 30 people showed up to counter-protest, show their support for law enforcement and rally against the presence of Antifa and Black Lives Matter in Portland.
The police were eventually able to disperse the rioters, despite the latter’s efforts at maintaining a cohesive “shield wall.”
By around 9:30 p.m., a group of violent rioters made their way to the Penumbra Kelly building in the North East Portland neighborhood. The building is used by both the PPB and is the home of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Several motorcycle officers tried to briefly block their march, but there were too many people in the still growing mob and they were forced to fall back.
When the group arrived, the police could hear them chanting “No cops, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.” Most of the group were dressed in black, and many of them were holding large wooden shields with a black fist on the front – the symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement. With the people holding the shields in the front line, the mob stood their ground next to the entrance of the building’s parking lot. (Related: BREAKING: Antifa terrorists in Austin, Portland just received a large cache of weapons in preparation for coordinated multi-city “TET offensive” against America.)
The PPB warned the rioters to stay off the Penumbra Kelly building’s property and to not engage in any criminal activities. The mob seemed to heed the words of the PPB, as they remained where they were and resorted to merely chanting slogans at the officers, such as “Quit your job!” and “Kill a cop, save a life!”
By 10:30 p.m., however, the wall of shields moved up several feet into the entrance of the parking lot despite repeated police warnings to not enter the property or risk being arrested for trespassing.
By 11 p.m., a group of counter-protesters showed up to rally in support of law enforcement. Many of the counter-protesters were wearing “American Wolf” clothing, a Washington-based conservative group. At this point, the mob started getting aggressive. Harsh words were exchanged between the two groups, and several fireworks were fired at the Penumbra Kelly building.
The criminal actions of the rioters escalated as time went on. By 11:30 p.m., the rioters with the shields moved several feet closer to the building, more fireworks were set off and several people trespassed on the property. There were also people spray painting the building and the surveillance cameras, and police reports said that the mob threw eggs at them and shone green lasers at their eyes.
At 11:57 p.m., the PPB declared the gathering to be a riot and told the violent mob to head west and disperse. Most of the rioters did not listen, and by 12:03 a.m., the police were forced to use crowd control munitions like stun grenades and tear gas. After the grenades were thrown, several PPB officers charged at the rioters with the shields, which made the lines of the mob instantly break and fall apart, causing most of them to retreat in disarray.
Many of the now disorganized rioters ran south. PPB officers chased them down on foot, and several patrol cars followed them. The two groups stopped near Laurelhurst Park, where the PPB officers rallied and formed a defensive line to keep an eye on the rioters as they scattered. The bureau officers fired several more tear gas rounds into the crowd before retreating at 12:15 a.m., satisfied that the mob had been dispersed.
Several more clashes would occur between the rioters and the PPB. As soon as the officers retreated, the rioters would come back to reform and try to march on the Penumbra Kelly building again. This forced the PPB to return to disperse them before retreating once more. These clashes ended by around 2 a.m. when much of the crowd finally dispersed and the PPB called it a night and returned to the building.
A press release from the PPB stated that they made 11 arrests during that night, on allegations ranging from criminal mischief and rioting to interfering with or assaulting an officer. However, it remains to be seen if any of these charges will stick given the inclination of the new liberal Multnomah County district attorney to not press charges and let criminals go free.
Police reports also state that they received more than 60 emergency calls during the length of the riot all over the city. “Call types ranged from theft, vandalism, suspicious activity, hazards, hit and run, burglary, violation of restraining order, alarms, stolen cars, harassment and many others,” read the bureau’s press release.
The wave of engineered rioting is causing police departments to divert most of their resources, causing crime rates in cities such as Portland and Chicago to skyrocket. Learn more about these incidents at Rioting.news.