I’ve said it before, one of my favorite quotes is “Crime expands according to our willingness to put up with it.”
Earlier, Miguel did a post about Berkeley sending a message to Antifa that their violent antics will be tolerated with a minor slap on the wrist.
Berkeley and San Francisco seem to be in competition for which city can be the most insanely Leftist city in the country. Seattle and Portland are in the running for third and fourth.
Not to be out done by Berkeley’s letting an Antifa thug off for cracking a skull, Portland let Antifa siege their city hall.
Starting at 39 seconds in, a guard is trying to close the door to keep the city council safe from the protesters, and he gets into a tug of war with the door with a masked Antifa thug.
Where are the police? That punk with the bandanna around his face trying to keep the door open should have be separated from the door handle with a truncheon. It’s hard to tug on a door handle with a compound fracture of the radius and ulna.
Another punk took a swing at a guard with a bullhorn injuring a guard.
One demonstrator, who was masked and wearing a baseball helmet, smashed a security guard over the head repeatedly with a megaphone. The guard was seen afterward clutching a bag of ice, a bruise beginning to form on his cheek.
City Hall security chief Dorothy Elmore said she was also struck by a protester, in the arm.
This attack on the Portland city hall was in response to
police not letting Antifa beat Patriot Prayer to death arrest at an earlier protest.
The demonstration started on a less rowdy note. A few dozen protesters converged near City Hall’s east portico beginning around 9:30 a.m. to rail against police brutality after riot cops injured multiple people at Saturday’s downtown protests.
Among them were those who say they were physically harmed by officers as police attempted to clear the rally against the right-wing group Patriot Prayer.
Thugs get arrested for violence on Saturday. They respond by attacking the city government. The word that comes to mind here is: insurrectionists.
They can’t help themselves but claim victim status no matter what happens.
“I should be home recovering from the pain and trauma I’m suffering. But I’m also suffering from complete outrage and powerlessness,” said Michelle Fawcett, who lives in Portland.
Apparently she didn’t suffer enough pain and trauma on Saturday that it didn’t dissuade her from trying it again at city hall. That is key.
Fawcett, 52, sustained third-degree chemical burns after she was struck by a flash-bang grenade fired by police at counter-demonstrators. The non-lethal munition is meant to deliver a jarring blast of noise and light that can disperse crowds of people.
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw on Monday said the bureau had temporarily suspended the use of the flash-bang projectiles, which she and other department officials refer to as aerial distraction devices, until it can be determined if they are working properly.
Protester gets hurt by less-than-lethal that was thrown at her because she was part of a violent mob and Portland has to scale back their use of force.
That’s only going to encourage more violent protests.
Leo Lacroix said he was injured when a non-lethal projectile fired by police grazed his head. He showed a reporter photos of his bloodied forehead and a scab from the small wound.
“I’d like to know why I was shot in the head by the cops,” said Lacroix, 28.
He was probably hit in the head by accident, but that he’s complaining about a boo-boo shows you just how much of a bunch of cry-bullies these people are.
As tensions rose, security blocked dozens of demonstrators as they tried enter City Hall near the Happy Cup Coffee kiosk. Some carried placards showing images of the bloody wounds and gashes caused by crowd-control munitions fired by Portland police over the weekend.
“Come down Wheeler!” the crowd chanted between verbal barbs and invective hurled at security as well several police officers who appeared in the atrium.
“It’s our f—— building,” one demonstrator screamed.
But police threatened the protesters with arrest if they did not leave the building immediately. Another protester grabbed a glass sugar urn from the coffee stand and smashed it on the floor.
A wall of security personnel then began to move against the demonstrators, slowly forcing them out the front doors.
Several security guards tangled with activists, including the guard who was bashed on the head, while the crowd shouted “Shame on you!”
Lacroix, the protester injured Saturday, had hoped to address the City Council about his injury. He was unable to because the mayor and commissioners were meeting behind closed doors.
“I think they’re cowards,” Lacroix said. “I think this is really sad.”
That last part is true. The city council and police in Portland are cowards. Next time Antifa shows up with murder in their heart, it’s time for police to wade into the crowd and give these over sized children a lifetime worth of missed spankings with night stick.
These thugs will keep ramping up the violence until they get a taste of something they can’t handle. Right now the lesson they are learning is that they can riot and threaten lives and then whine about boo-boos and scratches and the police will tone it down. It’s only inviting worse in the future.