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Reply #30 posted 06/25/20 10:56am

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Reports: Seattle CHOP zone prompts lawsuit from businesses, residents
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Numerous Seattle businesses – including an auto repair shop, a tattoo parlor and a property management company – sued the city Wednesday, alleging city officials were complicit in allowing an "occupied protest" that has made them feel unsafe in their neighborhood, according to reports.

Workers and residents also joined the lawsuit over CHOP, the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, which drew scorn from President Trump and other critics who accused Mayor Jenny Durkan, the city's police chief and other city leaders of turning the area over to "anarchists."

Organizers of CHOP -- part of the widespread rioting and demonstrations that followed the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis -- said they sought to establish a "police-free" area in Seattle's Capitol Hill district.

SEATTLE CHOP LEADERS URGE PROTESTERS TO GO HOME, THROW SUPPORT BEHIND BIDEN, DEMOCRATS

Since the occupation began June 8, the area has seen shootings, vandalism and other crimes.

Last Sunday a 17-year-old victim was shot in an arm and last Saturday a 19-year-old man was shot dead and another person was critically wounded, Q13 FOX of Seattle reported. In both cases, hostile crowds slowed police efforts to reach the crime scenes, the station's report said.

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"(T)his lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of plaintiffs – businesses, employees and residents in and around CHOP – which have been overrun by the city of Seattle's unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services and inaccessible to the public at large," the lawsuit says, Q13 FOX reported.

One local business owner, Joey Rodolfo of Buki clothing, told "Fox & Friends" this week that he plans to move out of state because of what he described as Seattle's lack of governmental leadership.

"Since we have no leadership and we have a city council that's so socialist, there really is very, very little support for businesses," Rodolfo said. "As far as the city reaching out to small businesses like ourselves, or any business, there has been zero."

The Seattle city attorney's office told local media that it hadn't yet had an opportunity to review the lawsuit but planned to respond after reviewing it.

The plaintiffs allege that city leaders provided the demonstrators with barriers, public restrooms and medical supplies – in effect supporting the occupation of the neighborhood and hindering the efforts of local businesspeople, employees and residents to reach their buildings, receive deliveries and provide services, the Seattle Times reported.

The CHOP zone has also worsened conditions for elderly and disabled people in the area, the lawsuit asserts, according to the newspaper.

"The result of the City's actions has been lawlessness," Calfo Eakes LLP, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, told the Times in a statement. "There is no public safety presence. Police officers will not enter the area unless it is a life-or-death situation, and even in those situations, the response is delayed and muted, if it comes at all."

Facing mounting pressure, Durkan on Monday said the city would begin dismantling the blocks-long occupied area – claiming the crimes and other violence in the zone were distracting from the message that peaceful protesters tried to communicate when they established the occupation, Q13 FOX reported.

"The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents," Durkan said. "The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased."


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Reply #31 posted 06/25/20 10:59am

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Nah - it was just an occupy-style protest. Not sure who instigated the violence and it is sad that it took place, horrifying actually.



Yeah reminds me of the occupy-styled protest in NYC. I wonder if they ever found the guy that a witness said, pulled up in an SUV, had a rifle, and shot into the crowd and drove off.



I hope they do find him! He is cut from the same cloth as that asshole who ran his car through the crowd in Louisville.


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Reply #32 posted 06/25/20 12:31pm

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Reporting from inside the CHAZ/CHOP:

https://www.youtube.com/w...5&t=0s




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Why is the CHOP Solidarity Committee calling for people to vote for Biden? These people hate the democrats too. They want to tear down the whole system, so why vote for Biden?

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Why is the CHOP Solidarity Committee calling for people to vote for Biden? These people hate the democrats too. They want to tear down the whole system, so why vote for Biden?


lol lol lol Even the interim leaders in the Weimar Republic lasted at least a year. That article is full of lulz. lol

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A guy is corned, gun held to his chest, to have his car stollen and he 'regrets' calling the police...

Minneapolis neighborhood that vowed not to call police in wake of Floyd death is already being tested by 300-strong homeless encampment

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A predominately white, progressive Minneapolis neighborhood that pledged not to call the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd is now dealing with a 300-strong homeless encampment in a local park, according to reports.

Traffic has reportedly increased in the neighborhood around Powderhorn Park, as drug dealers seek to meet their clientele displaced during the civil unrest, rioting and looting following Floyd’s death at the end of May. At least one person overdosed inside the park and was brought out by an ambulance. Prostitution has also been reported in the area.

Residents though have agreed to “check their privilege” and “protect people of color” by not involving law enforcement to report instances of property damage, according to the New York Times.

If anyone is put in physical danger, they instead vowed to seek help from the American Indian Movement, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to address systemic issues of poverty and police brutality against Native Americans and has been policing their own communities for years.

Keeping the promise not to call the police has proven more difficult than imagined, as some residents have avoided the park altogether after being catcalled and are fearing for their children’s safety. Others said they had trouble sleeping at night, fearing campers would force their way into their homes.

“I’m not being judgmental,” Carrie Nightshade, 44, told the Times, explaining she no longer allows her children, 12 and 9, to play in the park by themselves. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.

Another resident, Mitchell Erickson, said he regretted calling 91

1 when two black teenagers cornered him a block away from his home, held a gun to his chest and demanded his car keys. Erickson said he mistakenly handed over his house keys, and the frustrated teens left him only to steal another car a few blocks away.

“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson said in a text message to a reporter. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”

“Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them,” he continued. “I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”

Another neighbor, Joseph Menkevich, who lives in an apartment complex two blocks from the park, said he first called a community activist, who did not pick up the phone, before dialing 911 after finding a black man with a hospital bracelet passed out in the elevator of his building.

“It didn’t resolve in a way that I had hoped,” Menkevich said. “All they did was offer to bring him back to the hospital. He refused, so they kicked him out on a rainy night.”

Black Lives Matter has advocated defunding the police since Floyd’s death.

A march is scheduled in Powderhorn Park on Friday to demand the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., be arrested, according to a Facebook event. More than 1,300 responded to say they planned to attend.

Residents in the neighborhood historically known for its far-left politics a

nd activism intervened last week when park police gave campers 72 hours to dismantle their tents and leave. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has since passed a resolution not to evict people from any city park and has called for increased funding for longer-term housing for campers, according to the Star Tribune.

“We are not going to kick the can down the road, push people out of public spaces when they have nowhere else to go,” Park Board President Jono Cowgill told the Tribune. “This is not a sustainable, dignified solution for folks who are experiencing homelessness right now, and the state needs to step up.”

The board has put in place more than a dozen portable restrooms, a shower trailer, trash bins and running water and electricity in Powderhorn Park. Volunteers alternate in shifts to distribute food and supplies, offer medical care and counseling and patrol the park at night to ensure safety. Residents have also requested a block party permit to limit some traffic to the park, according to the Times.

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Another resident, Mitchell Erickson, said he regretted calling 91

1 when two black teenagers cornered him a block away from his home, held a gun to his chest and demanded his car keys. Erickson said he mistakenly handed over his house keys, and the frustrated teens left him only to steal another car a few blocks away.

“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson said in a text message to a reporter. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”

“Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them,” he continued. “I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”


Right. Because nobody ever gets killed by robbers that stick a gun in their chest.

Pointing a gun at somebody and threatening their life to steal from them is justification for being shot, either by cops, the person being robbed, or any other person that witnesses the act and interferes to protect the victim.

It's not about a life or a car. It's a life or a life.

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Reply #37 posted 06/25/20 5:58pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:

Another resident, Mitchell Erickson, said he regretted calling 91

1 when two black teenagers cornered him a block away from his home, held a gun to his chest and demanded his car keys. Erickson said he mistakenly handed over his house keys, and the frustrated teens left him only to steal another car a few blocks away.

“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson said in a text message to a reporter. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”

“Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them,” he continued. “I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”


Right. Because nobody ever gets killed by robbers that stick a gun in their chest.

Pointing a gun at somebody and threatening their life to steal from them is justification for being shot, either by cops, the person being robbed, or any other person that witnesses the act and interferes to protect the victim.

It's not about a life or a car. It's a life or a life.

ehhh this is what anarchy looks like

That man is now going to wrestle in the deepest parts of his mind and soul

What if someone else was actually killed


I guess his life isn't as important as criminals. They cannot help it

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I wonder if Wisconsin's Senator Tim Carpenter (D) will apologize for the violent protesters who assaulted and hospitalized him.

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Reply #39 posted 06/26/20 11:38am

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I wonder if Wisconsin's Senator Tim Carpenter (D) will apologize for the violent protesters who assaulted and hospitalized him.

https://www.democracynow....ol_grounds



In Wisconsin, Democratic state Senator Tim Carpenter was hospitalized after he was assaulted on Tuesday during a chaotic night in Madison. Carpenter said he was punched multiple times and kicked in the head after he took a brief video of protesters on his phone. On the same night, a group of people took down two statues in the city — one for the abolitionist Union Army Colonel Hans Christian Heg and another known as the "Forward" Statue that has come to represent women's rights. Several historians questioned why these statues were targeted, but one activist said the prominent display of those statues creates a "false representation of what this city is."


Protesters pull down Forward statue, Col. Hans Christian Heg statue outside State Capitol

MADISON (WKOW) -- Protesters pulled down the Forward statue that normally stands outside the State Capitol and left it lying in the middle of the road.

The protesters leave the statue on the street and march away. #wkow pic.twitter.com/sh3kZiFYkx

— Lance Veeser (@lanceveeser) June 24, 2020

Demonstrators had been marching around downtown Madison, frustrated after the arrest of a protester earlier in the day.

The same group also tore down the Col. Hans Christian Heg statue a short time later. The group then went on to throw the statue into Lake Monona. Heg fought for the Union during the Civil War and was a stark opponent of slavery during that time.

Protesters have also torn down the Hans Christian Heg statue outside the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/lTwBOUXQST

— Lance Veeser (@lanceveeser) June 24, 2020

The Hans Christian Heg statue is lying headless in lake Monona. #wkow pic.twitter.com/0grawivgtf

— Michelle Alfini (@MichelleAlf) June 24, 2020

Glass of the Tommy Thompson Center on W. Washington Avenue was also smashed out a short time later.

Glass smashed out at Tommy Thompson Center pic.twitter.com/ckjd0YSEHa

— Lance Veeser (@lanceveeser) June 24, 2020Shortly after that, 27's Lance Veeser and news photographer Rod Curry came across state Sen. Tim Carpenter, who said he had been assaulted for taking a photo of the protest. A few moments later Carpenter collapsed and our crew called 911 to get him an ambulance. We're waiting to hear how Carpenter is doing and confirm more information from police.

I believe this is State Senator Tim Carpenter. Minutes earlier he told us the protesters assaulted him. Then he collapsed walking towards the Capitol. We called paramedics. An ambulance is here now. pic.twitter.com/uUSdKyQ1hp

— Lance Veeser (@lanceveeser) June 24, 2020



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Seattle police move in to clear Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone
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Seattle police, under orders from Mayor Jenny Durkan, cleared demonstrators out of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone (CHOP) on Wednesday, after a series of shootings marred the ongoing protest movement.

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City officers on bikes and in riot gear — with help from FBI agents and police from nearby Bellevue — began dispersing the crowd at about 5 a.m., authorities said.

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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best reiterated her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which drove the protests, but said of the weekslong occupation of public streets: "Enough is enough."

"I support peaceful demonstrations. Black lives matter and I too want to help propel this movement forward toward meaningful exchange in our community and meaningful change in our community," Best told reporters. "But enough is enough. Our job is to protect and to serve the community."

Two young males, 19 and 16, have been killed and six wounded in four separate shootings within the zone since protests began.

"What has happened here on these streets over the last two weeks, few weeks that is, is lawless and is brutal and bottomline it is simply unacceptable," Best said.

A handful of protesters objected to the early morning police action, some even toppling portable toilets in hopes of forming a barrier against officers.

But by daylight, virtually the entire area was cleared. Officers were even going into bathrooms of Cal Anderson Park, looking for any stragglers.

After the protesters were forced out, an army of city workers moved in to clean up streets.

Crews piled debris and belongings left behind by protesters on flatbed trucks and front-loaders broke up concrete barriers.

Police said protesters were generally compliant, saying in a statement: "Thank you to the individuals affiliated with the CHOP who have assisted officers in encouraging people to safely leave the area."

While some officers used pepper spray to push out protesters, the operation was fast and efficient, videographer Omari Salisbury said.

"Basically they reclaimed the precinct in less than 30 minutes, at five feet at a time, with the bicycle officers out in front," Salisbury told NBC affiliate KING.

At least 23 people were arrested in the first three hours of the police operation, authorities said.

Mayor Durkan defined the area as Broadway on the west, 13th Avenue East on the on the east, East Denny Way on the north and East Pike Street on the south. Durkan ordered the area to be clear for at least 48 hours.

And as Seattle police secured the area, paramedics rushed to the east side of Cal Anderson Park shortly after 6:30 a.m. to help a woman going into labor.

Protest organizer Andre Taylor said he was saddened by violence inside the protest zone, which prompted city and police action.

"It didn't end how it started and that's the tragedy of the situation," Taylor told KING.

Taylor said as soon as the first deadly shooting happened on June 20, protesters should have treated that as seriously any case of police brutality.

"The first time that there was violence, there there should have been an awakening," said Taylor, who founded the group Not This Time, following the fatal police shooting of his brother.

"If they would have pivoted to those deaths as strongly as a George Floyd death, I think that Seattle would have continued to support this group."

CHOP was formed in early June by demonstrators protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.

Protesters established the zone after the Seattle Police Department vacated the East Precinct. The site, which was also known as CHAZ, changed the boarded-up police building's sign to read "Seattle People Department."

The zone became a self-sufficient ecosystem, thanks to donations of food and medical supplies. Even chefs, furloughed by the coronavirus pandemic, came to the area to cook.

But in light of ongoing violence, Durkan said her order was needed to "restore public safety" to the area.

Officers entered their police precinct on Tuesday morning for the first time since June 8.

"I don't want to do to is to discourage young folks form having a voice, but try to learn from this experience and how to navigate a little better," Taylor said of the protesters. "I thought they were extraordinarily brilliant."

It wasn't immediately clear when traffic and normal business would return to the neighborhood.

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Seattle CHOP barriers being cleared by city crews, cops at scene

Protesters then began to construct a makeshift barricade



Seattle Department of Transportation crews on Tuesday began removing concrete barriers marking the entrance to the area protesters are calling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP.


A crew used heavy machinery to remove the concrete barriers at 10th and East Pine Street. Seattle Police officers were also at the scene to assist crews in case protesters intervened.




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Seattle City Council seems ready to defund police by 50 percent

The Seattle City Council has enough support in its body to defund the city’s police department by 50 percent even without Mayor Jenny Durkan’s approval, a report said.

The Seattle Times reported late Thursday that three council members threw their support behind Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity Now. The paper described Decriminalize Seattle as a coalition inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests that seek the defunding.

Seattle has recently been the focus of an intense protest that occupied a precinct and about six city streets called CHOP. The city eventually removed the protesters but not before two people were killed by gunfire.

Police tore down fences that protesters had erected around their tents and used batons to poke inside bushes, apparently looking for people who might be hiding inside. One officer took down a sign saying “we are not leaving until our demands are met: 1. Defund SPD by 50 percent now. 2. Fund Black Communities. 3. Free all protesters.”

The Times pointed out that seven out of the city council's nine members have indicated support of defunding police. The department’s budget is $409 million.

Durkan, a Democrat, has been assailed by both protesters and Republicans over her handling of the crisis. Critics on the right described her as an out-of-touch leader and pointed to an interview on CNN when she was asked early on about how long she anticipated the zone to be a "police-free." She responded, “I don’t know, we could have a summer of love.”

On Thursday, Durkan told King 5 that she “deeply, deeply regret the loss of life in and around Capitol Hill."

She was asked about the 50 percent defunding number and said, "Target numbers themselves are irresponsible if you're not looking at the functions and what the police should be doing versus what perhaps other people can and should be doing.”

City leaders in Los Angeles voted recently to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, which would reduce the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade. The New York City Council voted to cut the NYPD budget in 2021 by $1 billion. Seattle’s cut would be by far the most significant for a major city.

Angélica Cházaro, a University of Washington law professor and Decriminalize Seattle organizer, said, “It’s about spending the money that is currently used on police on things like free and universal health care, food child care and that would prevent property crime more than anything else.”

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Seattle CHOP barriers being cleared by city crews, cops at scene

Protesters then began to construct a makeshift barricade



Seattle Department of Transportation crews on Tuesday began removing concrete barriers marking the entrance to the area protesters are calling the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP.


A crew used heavy machinery to remove the concrete barriers at 10th and East Pine Street. Seattle Police officers were also at the scene to assist crews in case protesters intervened.




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Seattle council member blames 'capitalism's brutality' for deadly CHOP shooting

Seattle City Council District 3 incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant speaks to her supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, in Seattle. (Genna Martin/seattlepi.com via AP)

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A socialist Seattle City Council member who has aligned herself with the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone is blaming the “brutality” and “violence” associated with capitalism that led to a deadly shooting there Monday.

“Deepest condolences from Socialist Alternative and my Council office to the family and friends and fellow activists of the community member who was tragically killed in the drive-by shooting at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP),” Councilwoman Kshama Sawant tweeted Monday to her 72,000 followers.

“While we await details of this tragic killing, it highlights capitalism’s brutality & endemic violence,” she wrote. “Our movement rejects insinuations & falsehoods perpetuated by corporate & conservative media that this violence is outcome of CHOP or of our movement.

“We need to continue building a powerful movement to end gentrification, to fully fund public schools & decent jobs,” she added. “Capitalism *is* a police state. While we’ll have to fight to win reforms, we have to dismantle capitalism to win a violence-free society.”

Four shootings have occurred in the past two weeks in or near the CHOP zone, where protesters have blocked police officers from entering since June 8.

Early Monday, a 16-year-old was killed and a 14-year-old boy was left in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center after a shooting near the zone.

Police responded to the area around 3 a.m. Monday and found a Jeep Cherokee with multiple bullet holes. They said the crime scene had clearly been disturbed. There are no suspects in custody.

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Portland mayor to Trump administration: We want you to leave

By David Cohen 17 mins ago

POLITICO logoPortland mayor to Trump administration: We want you to leave

Leave my city alone.

That was the message Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland, Ore., had Sunday for President Donald Trump in discussing the Trump administration’s response to ongoing protests and unrest in the city, in particular, the presence of militarized federal forces deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.

"What they are doing is sharply escalating the situation. Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism. And it's not helping the situation at all. They're not wanted here,” Wheeler told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.“

The mayor added: “In fact, we want them to leave.”

Protests in Portland have been continuing since the death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May. The focus of the unrest has been a 12-block area; protests in other parts of the city have been largely without incident. On Saturday, a fire was set at the Portland Police Association, and police used tear gas in an attempt to clear the area.

In recent days, federal forces have been detaining and arresting protesters, and reports indicate they have sometimes done so without identifying themselves and that they are using unmarked vehicles. Wheeler said the government’s actions were in violation of the law.

“The tactics that the Trump administration are using on the streets of Portland are abhorrent,” Wheeler said, adding that people were being deprived of due process and being detained without probable cause.

“As far as I can see this is completely unconstitutional,“ Wheeler said.

The state of Oregon has also sought to get rid of the federal agents, with Oregon‘s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, suing late Friday in federal court. The American Civil Liberties Union has also challenged the administration’s actions.

"Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters," Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) tweeted Thursday. “These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable in America, and must end.“

In a pre-recorded interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Trump defended his Portland policy to host Chris Wallace:

“If you look at what’s gone on in Portland, those are anarchists and we’ve taken a very tough stand. If we didn’t take a stand in Portland, you know we’ve arrested many of these leaders. If we didn’t take that stand, right now you would have a problem.”

Trump also tweeted about the subject Sunday morning: “We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE.”

Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, during a visit Thursday, said the city was facing chaos: “Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.“

In response, Wheeler said the uninvited federal presence was only making things worse.

“The president has a complete misunderstanding of cause and effect,“ he said. Wheeler said he was worried that if the federal agents remained, someone was going to get killed.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown echoed Wheeler’s comments that the situation was improving until federal forces arrived. “We know that the presence of federal officers has inflamed the streets,” she told the Washington Post.

Wheeler did say there was a limit to what he or the governor could actually do to force Trump to remove the federal agents.

“We can build awareness, and that’s what we‘re doing,” Wheeler said.

“From our federal congressional officers, to our governor, to our local elected officials, we're all telling the Trump administration, stop the rhetoric. Take these people out of our city. They are not helping us. They are hurting us. They're escalating an already dangerous situation. And what I want to do is raise awareness nationally. This could happen in your city.“

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Daryl Turner, the head of the Portland Police Association, said Sunday that city politicians have not acted in the best interest of the city after weeks of violent protests and instead prioritized their own political agenda as the city burned.

"The elected officials have condoned the destruction and chaos," Turner, who is Black, said, according to Oregonlive.com. "They have placed their political agenda ahead of safety and welfare of the community. This must stop."

The paper reported that Sunday night marked the 53rd consecutive night of protests as city leaders, including Mayor Ted Wheeler, continue to lock horns with President Trump for sending federal agents into the city.

Trump told "Fox News Sunday" that the city is being overrun by anarchists and if the country doesn't make a stand, "we're going to lose Portland."

Wheeler told NPR on Sunday that Trump's move in Portland is "a last-gasp effort by a failed president with sagging polling data, who's trying to look strong for his base. He's actually using the federal police function in support of his candidacy."

The situation on the ground in the city has been described as dire. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted Friday, federal officers in Portland have been "assaulted with lasers and frozen water bottles" by suspects attempting to damage federal property.

On Sunday, the Oregonian reported that hundreds of protesters gathered in the city's downtown and the crowd doubled. The paper said that most of the crowd was comprised of women who marched chanting, "Moms are here, feds stay clear."

The paper reported that Turner was with about 20 police officers, business leaders and residents when he made the comment. He was in front of the union's building in the city, which the paper reported was set on fire and vandalized.

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"This is no longer about George Floyd, racial equity, social justice reform or the evolution of policing," Turner said, according to the paper. "This is about violence, rioting and destruction. Our city is under siege by rioters."

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'Wall of moms' at Portland protest formed to protect demonstrators
Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY 2 hrs ago

A group of protesters in Portland formed a "wall of moms" during demonstrations over the weekend as the Oregon city saw continued tensions rise amid weeks of unrest and the presence of federal authorities.

The group of women formed what could be called a human shield dubbed the "wall of moms" at the front of a protest outside a federal courthouse on Sunday, and videos on social media showed the group chanting, "Moms are here, feds stay clear" and "Leave our kids alone."

Portland has seen nightly unrest since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. The death of Floyd, a Black man killed when a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck, sparked massive protest around the country and a movement pushing for racial justice and changes to policing.

In Portland, federal agents from the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and an elite U.S. Customs and Border Protection team based on the U.S.-Mexico border have been deployed to aid law enforcement and protect federal property.

However, videos shared on social media showed federal agents using unmarked vehicles to detain people without explanation and drive off. The actions sparked a lawsuit from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum who said the agents violated the civil rights of Oregon residents by using unlawful tactics...

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Seattle City Council District 3 incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant speaks to her supporters, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, in Seattle. (Genna Martin/seattlepi.com via AP)

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A socialist Seattle City Council member who has aligned herself with the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone is blaming the “brutality” and “violence” associated with capitalism that led to a deadly shooting there Monday.

“Deepest condolences from Socialist Alternative and my Council office to the family and friends and fellow activists of the community member who was tragically killed in the drive-by shooting at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP),” Councilwoman Kshama Sawant tweeted Monday to her 72,000 followers.

“While we await details of this tragic killing, it highlights capitalism’s brutality & endemic violence,” she wrote. “Our movement rejects insinuations & falsehoods perpetuated by corporate & conservative media that this violence is outcome of CHOP or of our movement.

“We need to continue building a powerful movement to end gentrification, to fully fund public schools & decent jobs,” she added. “Capitalism *is* a police state. While we’ll have to fight to win reforms, we have to dismantle capitalism to win a violence-free society.”

Four shootings have occurred in the past two weeks in or near the CHOP zone, where protesters have blocked police officers from entering since June 8.

Early Monday, a 16-year-old was killed and a 14-year-old boy was left in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center after a shooting near the zone.

Police responded to the area around 3 a.m. Monday and found a Jeep Cherokee with multiple bullet holes. They said the crime scene had clearly been disturbed. There are no suspects in custody.

I'm a Seattle native although I haven't lived there for almost ten years. The Washington Times is a conservative-slanting publication, but that aside, Kshama Sawant is so left-wing and unreasonable. She called for a blanket rent strike a few months ago. What about the mom-and-pop landlords who rely on rent as a significant portion of their income or are helping to support family members during the pandemic? My parents happen to be a mom-and-pop landlord who own one rental property. Sawant is one of the Council members calling for a 50% cut to the police budget, which is ridiculous. Before taking such a stand, it's important for elected officials to think through their policy proposals instead of speaking in talking points. I'm extremely disturbed by police misconduct and fully supportive of diverting funds from police departments to other social service agencies. There need to be serious reforms to police officer unions because they protect racist, abusive officers. I'm a strong believer in collective bargaining, but the issues with police abusing power and police officer unions interfering in police officer discipline are so serious that I'm not against discussing removal of collective bargaining rights for police officers.

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'This is not a dictatorship!': Portland pushes back harder against Trump, federal agents
Trevor Hughes and Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY 2 hrs ago

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Najee Gow paced the street Tuesday in front of the graffiti-covered federal courthouse, a megaphone at his lips.

"Feds go home! Feds go home! Get out of our city!" the 22-year-old man shouted. "This is not a dictatorship! This is a democracy!"

Gow was putting words to a wave of growing anger and resentment in Portland after President Donald Trump suddenly deployed more than 100 federal law enforcement agents last week to the liberal city he has repeatedly criticized.

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Critics said the president is testing out heavy-handed enforcement in Portland, a largely white city known as one of the most progressive in the nation, before moving on to more diverse cities. They also accused the president of creating more conflict amid ongoing national protests over racial injustice and police brutality against Black Americans.

"My sense is they chose Portland because if they had rolled this out in, say, Minneapolis, it would mean to come in direct confrontation with many more Black activists," said Joe Lowndes, a professor of political science at the University of Oregon. "With Portland, it's a whiter city and they can demonize Antifa or the idea of anarchist looters and kind of take race out of it in a direct way, and make it seem more sympathetic.''

© Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY Protesters stand outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, which has been painted with graffiti, on Monday night. If anything, activists said, the president's show of force seemed to give protesters an injection of energy and enthusiasm, with many returning after weeks of shrinking protests.

"People are legit afraid for their rights," Gow, a nurse, told USA TODAY. "They are coming for our rights. They are exercising martial law."

As in many cities, Portland residents have been taking to the streets for nearly two months to call for police reform following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes over a report of an alleged counterfeit $20 bill.

When some of those protests turned destructive, Trump blamed the cities' Democratic mayors for not shutting them down. Then, without warning, images of armored agents in Portland beating and gassing unarmed protesters, including a Navy veteran, and reports of anonymous agents snatching protesters into unmarked vans began spreading online last week, fueling a national debate about the use of federal forces against U.S. citizens.

"This is a democracy, not a dictatorship," Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday in a statement. "We cannot have secret police abducting people in unmarked vehicles."

Trump vowed to send federal agents to other cities. "We're looking at Chicago, too. We're looking at New York," he said Monday at the White House. "All run by very liberal Democrats. All run, really, by the radical left."

We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!

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In Portland, activists said the federal presence had created more violence. According to federal court documents filed Tuesday, there are 114 federal officers deployed to Portland, including representatives from the Federal Protective Service, Immigration Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Marshals Service. Many of the deployed agents are wearing Department of Homeland Security patches but not nametags.

Gow, who is Black, had purposefully avoided the protests for weeks, worried he'd be targeted by Portland police because the city has so few Black men. But with more and more white people protesting, Gow said he felt safer raising his voice. Portland is 77% white and 6% Black, meaning there are only about 40,000 Black people in the city.

As he screamed into his megaphone, Gow urged protesters to remain peaceful but to not back down. Gow said any violence from protesters would give Trump more reason to make an example out of Portland.

"As a Black man, I am asking you, for the sake of my life, peacefully protest," he yelled, walking the graffiti-covered sidewalk in his flip-flops, directing his message at pedestrians and passing drivers alike. "Remain peaceful and our message will be heard. When they beat you, let it happen. When they tear gas you, let it happen. Every time you fight back it gives them a reason to f--- us up."

Conner O'Shea, 30, a protester who said he was chased by federal officers last week when leaving a protest, said the presence of federal agents has fueled renewed support for the demonstrations.

© Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY AN ACLU legal observer reaches up to take a picture of the protest crowd outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on Monday night. "The crowd the last few days, it's just insane," O'Shea said. "It's been really intense, and there's lots of righteous indignation ... but I think it's bringing hope to all the people who never stopped showing up. It's like, 'Oh my God, fresh troops!' I do feel like all this attention could lead to more changes that we're pushing for, the reforms we want with local police."

O'Shea said he and his friends have seen "snatcher-style vehicles, unmarked vans," leaving the back of the federal building every night.

"This is a testing ground, that's what we're telling people," O'Shea said. Portland "is drawing a focus to federal brutality and what feels like an unwanted military operation."

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement Trump was "abusing his authority" by sending federal officers to the city. On Monday, Wheeler and mayors of five other major U.S. cities urged federal authorities to withdraw the officers from Portland and other cities, noting that many demonstrations have been peaceful and "even in circumstances where this is not the case, it is still a matter for local law enforcement."

In a court filing Tuesday, federal officials in Portland said they had been pelted with bottles and feces, shot at with slingshots and fireworks and blinded by laser pointers, with 28 federal officers suffering injuries ranging from hearing damage and broken bones to a dislocated shoulder.

Federal officials said they detained and released two people over the weekend and arrested five more Monday night on charges of assaulting a federal officer, creating a disturbance, trespassing or failing to comply with an officer's order.

The arrests seemingly did little to deter demonstrators.

Over the weekend, a group of women formed a "wall of moms" between protesters and federal officials, chanting "Moms are here, feds stay clear" and "Leave our kids alone." A video recorded Saturday night of federal agents beating and tear-gassing Chris David, a 53-year-old Navy veteran who is white, sparked widespread condemnation.

By Monday night, the protest area saw a series of confrontations between activists and federal agents, who fired repeated volleys of tear gas and pepper spray to push back the crowds after some protesters tried to rip down or break plywood boards blocking the boarded-up Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, which has become the focal point of local protests. The majority of the city remained untouched by the protests.

"Ever since the Feds showed up, it's been like war," protester Ted Park, 31, said, coughing as tear gas drifted through the air. "It feels like it's re-escalated."

Alice Orleman, 43, a work-from-home mom who is white, said she sat on the sidelines for nearly two months, but felt compelled to join for the first time Tuesday as a "Wall of Moms" protester after some of her conservative family back East suggested that all protesters be shot. That didn't sit right with her, she said.

She carried a sign Tuesday that read: "Strong as a mother. Feds stay clear. Moms are here."

"The Feds coming in was the tipping point," she said, standing with a handful of other first-time protesters, all in yellow shirts. "I felt like I had to be here."

Trump has called the ongoing protests in Portland "anarchy" and said federal agents were there to help local law enforcement regain control.

© Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY A fire illuminates people attending a protest at the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on Monday night. "We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators," Trump tweeted Sunday. "They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!"

The president has a divisive history with Portland. When far-right protesters faced off against anti-fascist counterprotesters here in August 2019, effectively shutting down downtown Portland, Trump tweeted, "Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!"

It's unclear when or if Trump will send federal officials into other cities led by Democratic mayors. After Trump said he was considering sending more agents to Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday the administration agreed to send FBI, DEA and ATF agents, instead of the Department of Homeland Security law enforcement deployed to Portland.

"Unlike what happened in Portland, what we will receive is resources that are going to plug into the existing federal agencies that we work with on a regular basis to help manage and suppress violent crime," Lightfoot said. "I've been very clear that we welcome actual partnership, but we do not welcome dictatorship."

© Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY Federal agents guarding the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on Monday night. Monday night's protest in Portland was largely peaceful until activists began trying to pry off the plywood blocking the courthouse entrances. Without warning, a group of about 30 federal agents burst from a side door firing tear gas and pepper balls to push back the crowd, some of whom responded by throwing plastic water bottles at the agents dressed in paramilitary uniforms, gas masks and body armor.

Many of the protesters wore bike helmets and makeshift body armor, and dozens carried homemade shields or umbrellas to protect against pepper balls and foam-rubber projectiles.

"Usually the middle-class brigade goes home around 10 p.m. It's very humbling and beautiful to see them out here now," Park said around 2 a.m. Tuesday as the crowd began to thin.

Using a megaphone, Park, an unemployed restaurant worker who lost his job because of the national recession, rallied the protesters as wave after wave of tear gas billowed over the area. The staccato pops of federal agents firing paintball guns loaded with pepper balls could be heard over his proclamations.

"They'll run out of tear gas before we run out of people," yelled Park.

Afterward, Park said he and others are committed to making systemic change. If that means ongoing nightly protests, that's what they'll do, he said, no matter what Trump says or does.

© Trevor Hughes/USA TODAY Two people protest silently outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on Monday night. "They have done this paramilitary s--- to immigrant communities with ICE...and now they're seemingly testing it out in Portland," he said. "I think this is their first attempt to roll it out on a major American city and on white people. I think they thought they were going to get away with it. And we are not going to f---ing let them get away with it."

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Portland Mayor Tear-Gassed Amid Protests Over Federal Agents

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Portland Mayor Tear-Gassed Amid Protests Over Federal Agents

© Gillian Flaccus/Associated Press PORTLAND—Mayor Ted Wheeler joined protesters here on the front lines Wednesday night and was tear-gassed with the crowd, days after criticizing the Trump administration's deployment of federal agents.

Videos and photographs of Mr. Wheeler posted on social media showed him wearing goggles and a surgical mask and coughing amid a cloud of gas.

Earlier Wednesday evening, Mr. Wheeler had navigated through a large crowd of protesters who were at times openly hostile toward him, shouting vulgarities and calling on him to resign. Then after climbing the steps of the Multnomah County Justice Center, Mr. Wheeler was handed a microphone by activists and addressed the crowd directly via a loudspeaker.

"The reason I am here tonight is to stand with you," Mr. Wheeler told the crowd, who booed him at times during his speech. "So if they're launching the tear gas against you, they're launching the tear gas against me."

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But Portland activists have been critical of the mayor, who is also the city's police commissioner, arguing the Portland Police Bureau has also been heavy-handed toward protesters.

The city has been in the national spotlight this week given the clashes between federal agents and protesters. Unlike in other cities, the protests here following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25 have continued unabated and have often grown destructive, drawing the ire of President Trump. The president sent federal agents here July 1, a move that reinvigorated nightly demonstrations.

Mr. Wheeler on Monday joined other big city mayors to denounce the tactics of federal agents. The Trump administration meanwhile has defended the legality of its presence in Portland.

The Department of Homeland Security didn't immediately respond to an email Thursday morning requesting comment regarding the use of tear gas in Mr. Wheeler's presence.

The incident occurred after Mr. Wheeler had descended the justice center's steps, navigated through the throng and joined protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, which along with the county justice center has been the target of vandalism and spray paint.

Before the mayor joined those in front of the federal building, the crowd had thrown bags of trash and other items over a perimeter protecting it, and then shot fireworks at the building, setting small fires.

Videos of the mayor showed him near the perimeter when tear gas was deployed and then later leaving the protest altogether, entering a nearby building as his security team scuffled with a few protesters.

At 12:32 a.m. local time Thursday morning, the Portland Police Bureau in a tweet had declared a riot outside the county justice center. The police said that those who didn't disperse immediately could be subject to arrest, citation, tear gas or impact weapons.

The police said that people ignored the order, threw Molotov cocktails at the federal building and hundreds of other projectiles with multiple fires lighted. At least one assault was reported, the police said. Eventually the crowd dispersed.

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What the heck is going on in Portland?
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What the heck is going on in Portland?

Over the past week, Portland, Oregon, has become the somewhat unlikely epicenter of unrest over the death of George Floyd and the federal response to the protests that have sprung up around the country in its wake. At the moment, federal law enforcement officials and protesters are locked in a tense standoff that is centered in the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland.

CNN's security correspondent Josh Campbell is on the ground in Portland, reporting on the situation. I reached out to him for some guidance on how we got here and how this all ends. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.

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Cillizza: How did we get here?

Campbell: The protests we are seeing in Portland largely began after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. A city known for its robust and spirited activism quickly joined other communities across the nation in taking to the streets to demand racial justice and police accountability.

Portland is different, however, in that the protest movement here took on another cause after President Donald Trump sent in federal forces around the July 4 holiday in order to protect federal statues. That influx of federal agents was met with anger by many demonstrators, who viewed the move as an attempt by the US government to occupy their city.

Since that time, a federal building downtown has largely served as the epicenter for ongoing protests -- mostly peaceful, with periods of violence at night -- as demonstrators continue to demand the Trump administration remove federal officers from the city.

Cillizza: What's the state of the standoff now?

Campbell: Portland is now witnessing a standoff between protesters and an administration that continues to ratchet up its heated rhetoric to (falsely) describe the city as being in a state of total chaos and anarchy. While there have been incidents of rioting at night, including people launching fireworks at the federal building, setting fires outside, and allegedly attacking federal agents, the focal point of that activity largely centers on the city block housing the federal building. Despite the President's descriptions, Portland is not a city under siege.

It is interesting to note that the conflict here in the city is not just between the feds and protesters. Indeed, many local city officials also want Trump's cavalry of federal agents to leave their community. On Wednesday, I interviewed the city's Democratic mayor, Ted Wheeler, who had very harsh words for federal authorities.

"This is clearly a waste of federal resources and it's getting increasingly dangerous," he said, referring to the teams of agents protecting the federal building, who routinely clash with some rioters at night. "We did not ask the feds to be here, we do not want them here. They're not helping the situation, they're not appropriately trained and we're demanding that they leave."

When it comes to guarding US government property, federal agents are basically on their own. The Portland police bureau, which is led by the mayor, has distanced itself from the federal effort and is only tangentially involved in efforts to patrol the protest area at night.

Cillizza: Explain what happened to Mayor Wheeler on Wednesday night.

Campbell: As I was interviewing the mayor Wednesday night among a crowd of hundreds of peaceful protesters, a group of rioters gathered near the fencing outside the federal building and began lobbing projectiles at the building and setting fires. In a pattern we have seen over and over, when federal agents in the building are provoked, or a fire set by rioters risks destroying the building, tactical officers will come out in full force and launch tear gas to disperse the crowd.

By now, I've been tear gassed more times than I can count while I've been covering this story, but due to their proximity to the epicenter of where the rioting was beginning to take place, the mayor and his security detail also got to experience the awful sensation of being tear gassed as federal agents threw gas canisters into the crowd.

Cillizza: What is the federal government's role there?

Campbell: The federal government's role during these protests is multifaceted.

On one hand, you have a mixture of federal agents from different agencies serving as guards and riot control officers at the downtown courthouse. At night, when a portion of the crowd turns violent, agents will often line up and push protesters back blocks away from the building using tear gas, rubber bullets and batons.

Some of their actions have come under great scrutiny after one protester was allegedly shot in the head with a less-than-lethal munition, and a Navy veteran was shown on a viral video being beaten outside the courthouse with a baton.

Behind the scenes, we are told that investigative teams from various federal agencies, including the FBI, are working to identify the key agitators who are instigating much of the violence.

Agents from US Customs and Border Protection also came under fire recently after a video surfaced showing two tactical agents arresting a man and taking him away in an unmarked van. While the agents did have police insignias on their uniforms, they ignored requests from bystanders asking them to identify themselves, which continued to fuel the Orwellian narrative that Trump's federal army was snatching people off the street and taking them to unknown places.

After hours and hours of refusing our requests for comment on the incident, CBP finally issued a statement acknowledging the agents on the video were from their agency, and they indicated the man who was detained was suspected of being involved in criminal activity. A DHS official later said the man was released.

In addition to the optics of federal agents silently detaining people, the initial lack of transparency by the agency and slowness with which they have responded to basic requests for comment about their actions has caused widespread suspicion and anger by protesters. In part because of the incident, the Justice Department's inspector general announced on Thursday that his office will be reviewing the actions of federal officers in both Portland and Washington.

Cillizza: How/when does this end?

Campbell: The truth is, there is no end in sight. It is classic entrenchment.

Trump and his political appointees at DHS continue to publicly describe Portland as being in a state of bedlam. Raising further questions about whether this is pure politics, the President is also threatening to send federal agents to other cities run by Democrats, which he has described as lawless. In a heated election year, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that Trump's exaggeration about the state of things on the ground in Portland is being done for partisan gain as he attempts to project his so-called "law and order" agenda.

Federal law enforcement officials tell us that as long as the downtown federal building in Portland remains under threat, the infusion of federal agents will remain. The acting secretary of Homeland Security said this week that if those agents were to depart, the building would burn to the ground.

The Portland mayor told me that claim is ridiculous. He is blaming the very presence of federal agents as fueling much of the outrage from demonstrators. The mayor said the Trump administration should do some introspection and reflect upon what role the influx of federal officers is having on his city.

And so, night after night, the protests continue. With federal and local officials at loggerheads, and demonstrators resolved to continue their efforts until federal agents leave, the pattern of protests and periodic clashes between authorities and rioters continues.

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Fires and Pepper Spray in Seattle as Police Protests Widen Across U.S.

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SEATTLE — Weeks of violent clashes between federal agents and protesters in Portland, Ore., galvanized thousands of people to march through the streets of American cities on Saturday, injecting new life into protests that had largely waned in recent weeks.

One of the most intense protests was in Seattle, where a day of demonstrations focused on police violence left a trail of broken windows and people flushing pepper spray from their eyes. At least 45 protesters had been arrested as of early evening, and both protesters and police officers suffered injuries.

Carrying signs such as “Feds Go Home” and shouting chants of “No justice, no peace,” some among the crowd of about 5,000 protesters stopped at a youth detention center and lit several construction trailers there on fire. Some smashed windows of nearby businesses, ignited a fire in a coffee shop and blew an eight-inch hole through the wall of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct building, the police said.

“At this point, we declared the event to be a riot, and several orders to disperse were given,” the Seattle police chief, Carmen Best, said at a news conference. The police responded by firing flash grenades, showering protesters with pepper spray and abruptly rushing into crowds, knocking people to the ground. After a flash grenade left one woman with bloody injuries, police officers shoved people who had stopped to help her. In Austin, Texas, the police said one man was shot and killed just before 10 p.m. during a protest in the city’s downtown. In a live video from the scene, protesters are seen marching through an intersection when a car blares its horn. Seconds later, five shots ring out, followed shortly after by several more loud bangs. The man who was killed may have approached a vehicle with a rifle before he was shot and killed, Officer Katrina Ratcliff said. Ms. Ratcliff said the person who shot and killed the man had fired from inside the vehicle. That person was detained and is cooperating with officers, she said. No one else was injured. “All I know is that someone dying while protesting is horrible,” Mayor Steve Adler of Austin said in a statement. “Our city is shaken and, like so many in our community, I’m heartbroken and stunned.” In Los Angeles, protesters clashed with officers in front of the federal courthouse downtown. Videos showed people smashing windows and lobbing water bottles at officers after protesters said the police fired projectiles at them. The federal courthouse in Portland has been the scene of nightly, chaotic demonstrations for weeks, which continued again into Sunday morning, as thousands participated in marches around the city, the 59th consecutive day of protests there. Earlier, a group of nurses in scrubs had joined an organized group of mothers in helmets and fathers in hard hats, all assembled against the fence of a federal courthouse where federal agents — a deployment that has been a key focus of the recent demonstrations — have been assembled. a group of people riding on the back of a large crowd of people: Police and protesters Saturday met at the same intersection in Seattle where the protests stemming from George Floyd’s death took place. Next Slide Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Grant Hindsley for The New York Times Police and protesters Saturday met at the same intersection in Seattle where the protests stemming from George Floyd’s death took place. Shortly after 1 a.m., the Portland police said the protest had become a riot and ordered the crowd to leave. Federal agents fired tear gas and left the courthouse to drive protesters from the streets, continuing to stretch the boundaries of their authority as legal experts questioned how far the agents could stray beyond federal property. Protesters in several cities said the smoke-filled videos of federal agents firing tear gas and shoving protesters in Portland had brought them to the streets on Saturday. “Portland is leading,” said Chantelle Hershberger, an organizer with Refuse Fascism who was part of the Los Angeles activists protesting the presence of federal agents in Portland, where city officials have opposed the presence of the federal officers. “They’re showing what it looks like to stay in the streets despite police oppression, despite the federal forces being sent in. This kind of energy is actually what’s needed.” Bipasha Mukherjee, 52, of Kirkland, Wash., said she has been protesting on the streets since May and said it was worrisome to her to see such aggressive tactics by the police. “This is not the country I immigrated to,” said Ms. Mukherjee, who arrived from India more than 30 years ago. “It feels like we are rapidly becoming a fascist state and a police state.” Michaud Savage of Seattle said the protests there were aimed at both local authorities and the deployment of federal officers who have waged a crackdown against a long-running protest in Portland. Mr. Savage said the law enforcement tactics in Portland, which have included the use of tear gas and crowd-control munitions, were dangerous and inappropriate. “It’s a very hard slide in an extremely violent direction,” Mr. Savage said as he washed his eyes of pepper spray and nursed a wound on his arm from a flash grenade. But Ms. Best, the Seattle police chief, said a number of demonstrators also used violence. Some were tossing concrete blocks from a rooftop to the street below, she said. The coffee shop that was set afire had occupied apartments above it that had to be evacuated, she said. “We support everyone’s First Amendment right for free speech and to gather and assemble in such a way,” she said. “But what we saw today was not peaceful. It was not a peaceful demonstration at all, and criminal acts were occurring throughout the city, and many people were at risk.” Other demonstrations took place on Saturday in New York, Omaha and Oakland, Calif., among other cities. In Omaha, KMTV-TV reported that demonstrators turned out in solidarity with the Portland protests and also in response to the death of James Scurlock, a Black man killed by a white bar owner in May. The police arrested 75 to 100 people Saturday night, KMTV reported. In Richmond, Va., riot police fired chemical agents at hundreds of protesters who had marched through the city and gathered around the Richmond Police Department. The police said some protesters had set fire to a city-owned dump truck outside the station. At a protest in Aurora, Colo., a hectic scene played out as people marched along an interstate highway. During that protest, someone drove a car into demonstrators, the Aurora Police Department said, although it was unclear if the car struck any protesters. The police said a protester had also “decided to fire off a weapon,” which struck at least one other person. That person was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, the police said, and a second person later showed up to the hospital with a graze wound. In addition to marching in solidarity with the Portland protesters, the demonstration in Aurora was also in response to the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old massage therapist who died several days after officers put him in a chokehold last summer. Mr. McClain’s death was one of several that have occurred in police custody around the country that received fresh attention following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. Mr. Floyd’s death ignited mass protests that drew millions to the streets in dozens of cities, but the demonstrations waned in most places. Seattle and Portland, however, have seen extended demonstrations. Seattle protesters at one point laid claim to several blocks of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and declared an autonomous zone. After a series of shootings there led the police to clear the area, protests had subsided. Protests in Portland, meanwhile, have continued, with some of the heaviest demonstrations around federal buildings in the city. On Saturday, crowds marched from near the federal courthouse to a hotel several blocks away where federal agents who had been dispatched to the city were thought to be staying. “Get out of bed with the feds,” the protesters chanted. Later in the night, thousands of people returned to the federal courthouse. Some threw fireworks at the officers protecting the building, while others worked to break down the fence surrounding it. Just before midnight, federal officers began lobbing tear gas and flash grenades over the fence, dispersing crowds, while the group of mothers who have been a fixture at the protests stood firm with linked arms, protected with gas masks. Craig Gabriel, an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon, said at a news conference earlier on Saturday that federal agents had arrested 60 people at protests in Portland and were pursuing charges against 46 of them. Several federal agents had been injured by fireworks and lasers that protesters shone into their eyes, he said. Harry Fones, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, whose agents are among those clashing with protesters, In on Saturday that the demonstrators were little more than “violent anarchists rioting on the streets.” Protesters in Washington, D.C. planned to hold a demonstration on Sunday at the Virginia home of Chad Wolf, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in response to the deployment of federal agents in Portland. After President Trump issued an executive order to protect statues and federal property, the Department of Homeland Security sent tactical teams to the city, beginning a series of clashes that have resulted in injured protesters, inspector general investigations and calls from local leaders for federal agents to leave. Protest crowds in that city have swelled into the thousands, and demonstrations there were continuing. This week, federal officials deployed a tactical team to Seattle as well, and protesters cited that development as one reason for Saturday’s demonstrations. Mike Baker reported from Seattle and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs from New York. Reporting was contributed by Kate Conger and Sergio Olmos in Portland, Ore.; Hallie Golden in Seattle; Aimee Ortiz in New York; Manny Fernandez in Houston; and Austin Ramzy in Hong Kong.

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WATCH: Small Children In Portland Encouraged To Say ‘F*** The Police’

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Apparently, some small children in Portland have been given lessons not only in civics, but also in manners and elegant use of the English language, as they were shown on camera being encouraged to say “F*** the police.”

The National Police Support Fund has written, “Law enforcement officers need to make countless life-or-death decisions every day, and public support for that work is critical. People need to feel confident that police officers have their best interests in mind as they work tirelessly to protect and serve their communities. A decline in trust and respect makes it much more difficult for officers to do their jobs. One minute of resistance from a community member during an incident could literally be a matter of life or death.”

To my mind there is no more noble profession than serving as a law enforcement officer. You put your life and well-being on the line to protect your communities. And your families spend anxious nights, night after night, so the rest of us can sleep in peace. That job has always been a difficult job, but it’s probably – no time where it is more difficult than today …

This profession these days calls on a special kind of bravery … we’re fighting an unrelenting, never-ending fight against criminal predators in our society, and while there are battles won and lost each day, there is never a final resolution; a final victory is never in sight, and yet we, and you, continue to perform your duty of protecting the community day in and day out. And that takes a very special kind of courage to wage this kind of fight; a special kind of commitment, a special kind of sacrifice.

After relating the appreciation Americans have shown for their men and women in uniform, Barr continued, “Today, American people have to focus on something else, which is the sacrifice and the service that is given by our law enforcement officers. And they have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves.”

On Wednesday, Portland’s City Council unanimously passed two resolutions barring members of the police from working with federal law enforcement; the moves also barred them from arresting or using force on journalists and legal observers. One resolution stated that any member of the Portland Police Bureau who “provides, requests, or willingly receives operational support from militarized federal forces” will be subject to discipline, Fox News reported.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon has issued a temporary restraining order blocking police in Portland from arresting or using physical force against journalists or legal observers at protests. He wrote that police “are enjoined from arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force directed against any person whom they know or reasonably should know is a journalist or legal observer unless the police have probable cause to believe that such individual has committed a crime. For purposes of this order, such persons shall not be required to disperse following the issuance of an order to disperse, and such persons shall not be subject to arrest for not dispersing following the issuance of an order to disperse.”

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WATCH: Small Children In Portland Encouraged To Say ‘F*** The Police’

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Apparently, some small children in Portland have been given lessons not only in civics, but also in manners and elegant use of the English language, as they were shown on camera being encouraged to say “F*** the police.”

The National Police Support Fund has written, “Law enforcement officers need to make countless life-or-death decisions every day, and public support for that work is critical. People need to feel confident that police officers have their best interests in mind as they work tirelessly to protect and serve their communities. A decline in trust and respect makes it much more difficult for officers to do their jobs. One minute of resistance from a community member during an incident could literally be a matter of life or death.”

To my mind there is no more noble profession than serving as a law enforcement officer. You put your life and well-being on the line to protect your communities. And your families spend anxious nights, night after night, so the rest of us can sleep in peace. That job has always been a difficult job, but it’s probably – no time where it is more difficult than today …

This profession these days calls on a special kind of bravery … we’re fighting an unrelenting, never-ending fight against criminal predators in our society, and while there are battles won and lost each day, there is never a final resolution; a final victory is never in sight, and yet we, and you, continue to perform your duty of protecting the community day in and day out. And that takes a very special kind of courage to wage this kind of fight; a special kind of commitment, a special kind of sacrifice.

After relating the appreciation Americans have shown for their men and women in uniform, Barr continued, “Today, American people have to focus on something else, which is the sacrifice and the service that is given by our law enforcement officers. And they have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves.”

On Wednesday, Portland’s City Council unanimously passed two resolutions barring members of the police from working with federal law enforcement; the moves also barred them from arresting or using force on journalists and legal observers. One resolution stated that any member of the Portland Police Bureau who “provides, requests, or willingly receives operational support from militarized federal forces” will be subject to discipline, Fox News reported.

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon has issued a temporary restraining order blocking police in Portland from arresting or using physical force against journalists or legal observers at protests. He wrote that police “are enjoined from arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force directed against any person whom they know or reasonably should know is a journalist or legal observer unless the police have probable cause to believe that such individual has committed a crime. For purposes of this order, such persons shall not be required to disperse following the issuance of an order to disperse, and such persons shall not be subject to arrest for not dispersing following the issuance of an order to disperse.”

The Daily Wire is one of America’s fastest-growing conservative media companies and counter-cultural outlets for news, opinion, and entertainment. Get inside access to The Daily Wire by becoming a member.

https://www.dailywire.com...k3zuk63XmM

The propaganda “news site” The Daily Wire, which is headed by suspected white supremacist Ben Shapiro, has finally admitted to printing fake stories under the guise of “doing satire. ”

The Daily Wire has already been added to a Blacklist of “news sites” that are considered fake and unreliably bias. (Read the list in it’s entirety here)

This week the Daily Wire published another fake story with a deliberately misleading headline that read: “Outraged Celebrities Apologize After Finding Out Obama Said Almost Exactly What Ben Carson Did About Slaves–Oh Wait”

The bogus article proceeded to attribute fake quotes to producer Tariq Nasheed, rapper Ice-T, and others:

“Almost immediately following the Free Beacon story, the celebrities and commentators who castigated Dr. Ben Carson took to social media to apologize.

Tariq Nasheed said: “Wow. I guess I should have thought about it more before I called Carson a c**n. I’m truly sorry.” ICE-T offered a similar apology, writing: “I hate eating crow, but admitting fault is the right thing to do. It was very foolish of me to call Ben Carson a dumbf***. So sorry!”

At the very end of this fake news, click baiting article, the writer Frank Camp attempted to put a disclaimer at the very end of the false story that stated:

“Oh wait–none of that happened. No retractions; no apologies; no mention that Carson’s language directly mirrored Obama’s.”

Ice-T called out the fake article and the writer on twitter:

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When Tariq Nasheed called out the phony article on social media, the writer Frank Camp claimed it was satire:

Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 10.54.45 PM

And the head of the fake news Daily Wire website Ben Shapiro took to twitter to insult and antagonize Tariq Nasheed for pointing out their cowardly, yellow journalism:

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According to Tariq Nasheed, this isn’t the first time the Daily Wire has printed false stories about him. Here is a past Daily Wire article about Nasheed, which made false claims about his Castro comments, and here is another bogus Daily Wire article that claimed Nasheed was “crazy” and that he “went nuts” over the shooting of an immigrant.

Here is yet another fake news article from the Daily Wire where they falsely claim Nasheed is a “Black Lives Matter advocate”, when Nasheed has repeatedly stated that he has nothing to do with BLM whatsoever.

This type of deceptive, racialized propaganda coming from these fake news sites like the Daily Wire is indicative of the “alternative facts” mantra of the current Trump presidency. And it has no place in the fight for truth and justice.

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Live updates from weekend protests: Man shot to death in Austin, Seattle police declare riot, armed militia in Louisville

Protests against racial injustice continued around the nation Saturday with tense situations unfolding in cities including Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Seattle, Washington, Aurora, Colorado, Oakland, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

In Louisville two opposing, heavily armed militia groups came within a few dozen yards of each of other, but avoided violence. In Seattle, the city's police declared a riot, citing "ongoing damage and public safety risks." In Austin, authorities say one person was shot to death at a downtown protest. And in Chicago, pro-police and anti-police groups yelled at each other, but parted peacefully following a "Back the Blue" protest.

The ongoing protests come as federal agents deploy to major cities in a "surge" President Donald Trump says is aimed at curbing gun violence. That involvement is sparking backlash from both protesters and local officials.

In some areas of the country, marches were held in support of police. Among them: In San Angelo, Texas, hundreds of people showed up Saturday to participate in the Back the Blue walk in a show of support for law enforcement officers.

More developments this weekend:

In Oakland, a fire was ignited inside the Alameda County Superior Courthouse during protests late Saturday, police say. Seattle police are reporting ongoing conflict with protesters. One officer was hospitalized "with leg injury caused by an explosive" and at least 25 people have been arrested, the city's police tweeted Saturday evening.In Louisville, police confirmed Saturday that three members of a Black militia were struck by gunfire when someone's gun discharged while participating in a demonstration Saturday. A judge on Friday denied a request to restrict federal agents' actions when they arrest people during nightly protests. The order was sought last week by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum over federal agents' actions in Portland.

Here's a look at what's happening today:

Louisville

Two opposing, heavily armed militia groups came within a few dozen yards of each of other in downtown Louisville on Saturday in a tense standoff that ended without violence, but marked an escalation after two months of ongoing protests over the police shooting of a Black woman.

More than 300 members of the Atlanta-based Black militia NFAC, or "Not F**king Around Coalition" came to Louisville demanding justice for 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an ER technician who was fatally shot by officers in March.

The group came close to 50 far-right "Three Percenter" militia members, who were also heavily armed. Police kept the sides apart and tensions eventually dissipated. Both militias had said they wanted to avoid violence.

Cries of "Black lives matter" were heard through downtown. One man yelled "Don't fire unless you're fired upon."

Police confirmed three members of the NFAC were struck by gunfire when someone's gun discharged while participating in a demonstration Saturday. All three victims went to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There are no suspects at this time, police said.

The immense scale of #NFAC + other #BreonnaTaylor demonstrators. #Louisville#BlackLivesMatter # pic.twitter.com/pvt2UU8TIE

— Philmonger (@phillipmbailey) July 25, 2020

The demonstrations follow a Friday protest where 76 people were arrested after setting up an impromptu block part and blocking off Market Street downtown. The protest had been organized as a March for Freedom, and activists listed demands for business owners, including hiring a more proportionate number of Black workers.

The protests come as pressure builds on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron as his office investigates the killing of Taylor, who was unarmed in her apartment when Louisville police shot her one night in March. Black Lives Matter activists are among those demanding that the officers be charged in the death.

Chicago

Days after Trump announced the deployment of additional federal agents to Chicago, several protests took place there Saturday.

On the city's West Side, dozens of people joined a youth-led "Love March" to remember victims of gun violence and call for the defunding of the Chicago Police Department.

Downtown, dozens of pro-police protesters — many not wearing face masks — gathered for a "Back the Blue" rally at the former site of one of the city's two Christopher Columbus statues, which were temporarily taken down early Friday following a violent encounter between police and protesters there the week before.

Counter-protesters gathered across the street as dozens of officers on bikes stood between the groups, who occasionally clashed in brief scuffles.

Saturday evening, a youth-led protest against ICE merged with a Black Lives Matter rally calling for the defunding of police.

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters march through downtown Chicago as a stream of unmarked cars filled with police officers drives along with them. pic.twitter.com/bmnp78lxeG

— Grace Hauck (@grace_hauck) July 25, 2020

Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, an activist and South Side resident who organized the Black Lives Matter protest, said the protesters were calling on the city to decrease the police department's $1.8 billion budget and instead invest in mental health services, public schools, housing and small businesses.

The hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Chicago — under "L" train tracks and through cars — for several hours, holding signs that said "DHS agents not welcome" and chanting the names "Breonna Taylor" and "George Floyd."

One of Chicago's bridges, along Michigan Avenue, was seen lifted Saturday night — reminiscent of when bridges were lifted at the end of May amid protests and looting downtown. The mayor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why it was lifted.

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National Guard officer to invoke whistleblower protection to recount Lafayette Square protester clearing
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National Guard officer to invoke whistleblower protection to recount Lafayette Square protester clearing

An officer of the National Guard is expected to invoke whistleblower protection at Tuesday's House hearing probing the use of force during a protest in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square last month, pitting him against President Trump and the acting chief of the U.S. Park Police, who have polar opposite accounts of the same incident.

National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco said the warnings by officers – required by law – that the park was going to be cleared of hundreds of demonstrators, who he says we largely peaceful, were "barely audible" from his position 20 yards away, according to his pre-written testimony to House Natural Resources Committee.

"From what I could observe, the demonstrators were behaving peacefully," when Park Police, the Secret Service and other unidentified forces, some mounted on horses, began using clubs and chemical agents to disperse the crowd, as well as other tactics such as punching and beating protesters, DeMarco wrote in his testimony.

DeMarco is expected to invoke the Military Whistleblower Protection Act, which in part says that no one can block a member of the armed forces from lawful communications with Congress.

The incident, which occurred in the midst of ongoing protests decrying the death of George Floyd while in police custody, garnered widespread attention both because of the aggressive tactics used to clear the park as well as the subsequent appearance of President Trump and other administration officials who walked through the area unannounced to stage a photo shoot in front of the iconic St. John's Church.

Protestesters had for days taken to the park in front of the White House to denounce the use of force by police, particularly targeting Black and Hispanic people, after Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died in police custody after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes.

SEN. CRUZ: DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR 'LETTING THEIR CITIES BURN'

Trump has denied that the area was cleared merely for a photo op and instead said officers did so to make way for a fence they planned to build with the purpose of blocking protesters from the square.

Meanwhile, U.S. Park Police acting Chief Gregory Monahan said Tuesday in front of House members that the protest activity leading up to the incident at Lafayette Square on June 1 "was one of the most violent protests I've been a part of in my 23 years" of service."

"On the whole, the United States Park Police acted with tremendous restraint in the face of severe violence from a large group of bad actors who caused 50 of my officers to seek medical attention," Monahan wrote in his prepared remarks. "Our actions as an agency on June 1 centered around public safety and the safety of my officers."

DeMarco says the events that unfolded happened with little warning for both protesters and officers on the scene after Attorney General William Barr, accompanied by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, spoke with Park Police officials.

DeMarco says he spoke to Milley just moments before officers executed plans to clear the park.

"As the senior National Guard officer on the scene at the time, I gave Gen. Milley a quick briefing on our mission and the current situation," DeMarco wrote. "Gen. Milley told me to ensure that National Guard personnel remained calm, adding that we were there to respect the demonstrators' First Amendment rights."

Meanwhile, DeMarco says he was also told by a Park Police liaison officer that the agency was not using tear gas, and it was only "stage smoke." However, DeMarco said judging from the reaction caused by the smoke – stinging in his nose and eyes – he thought it was tear gas. He said he also found tear gas canisters in the streets later that night.

Lawmakers are interested in figuring out who specifically directed the park to be cleared on that day.

Separately, several other investigations stemming from issues involving the use of force by officers across the nation as protests continue are ramping up on Tuesday as well.

The Justice Department inspector general has launched an investigation into the use of force by federal officers in Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C., who were deployed to those cities in an effort to protect federal property during demonstrations – as some were vandalized, set on fire or looted in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, city officials have accused officers of concealing their identities and making arrests without giving an adequate reason, as well as using excessive force to detain demonstrators.

Barr himself will face questioning from the House Judiciary Committee as well on Tuesday, about policing tactics and diversity issues in the nation's departments.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Barr testifies Portland protests have been 'hijacked,' defends federal response
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And while it was a "shocking event," Barr said, "The fact is that these events are fortunately quite rare."

"According to statistics compiled by the Washington Post, the number of unarmed black men killed by police so far this year is eight. The number of unarmed white men killed by police over the same time period is 11," he testified.

Barr added, "The threat to black lives posed by crime on the streets is massively greater than any threat posed by police misconduct. The leading cause of death for young black males is homicide."

Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., who said he had to delay the hearing for an hour because he got into a minor car accident on his way to Washington from New York, stated in his opening remarks that Barr has "aided and abetted the worst failings of this president." Nadler added, "The message these actions send is clear: in this Justice Department, the president's enemies will be punished and his friends will be protected, no matter the cost."


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The propaganda “news site” The Daily Wire, which is headed by suspected white supremacist Ben Shapiro, has finally admitted to printing fake stories under the guise of “doing satire. ”

The Daily Wire has already been added to a Blacklist of “news sites” that are considered fake and unreliably bias. (Read the list in it’s entirety here)

This week the Daily Wire published another fake story with a deliberately misleading headline that read: “Outraged Celebrities Apologize After Finding Out Obama Said Almost Exactly What Ben Carson Did About Slaves–Oh Wait”

The bogus article proceeded to attribute fake quotes to producer Tariq Nasheed, rapper Ice-T, and others:

“Almost immediately following the Free Beacon story, the celebrities and commentators who castigated Dr. Ben Carson took to social media to apologize.

Tariq Nasheed said: “Wow. I guess I should have thought about it more before I called Carson a c**n. I’m truly sorry.” ICE-T offered a similar apology, writing: “I hate eating crow, but admitting fault is the right thing to do. It was very foolish of me to call Ben Carson a dumbf***. So sorry!”

At the very end of this fake news, click baiting article, the writer Frank Camp attempted to put a disclaimer at the very end of the false story that stated:

“Oh wait–none of that happened. No retractions; no apologies; no mention that Carson’s language directly mirrored Obama’s.”

Ice-T called out the fake article and the writer on twitter:

Screen-Shot-2017-03-10-at-10.56.01-PM.png

When Tariq Nasheed called out the phony article on social media, the writer Frank Camp claimed it was satire:

Screen-Shot-2017-03-10-at-10.54.45-PM.png

And the head of the fake news Daily Wire website Ben Shapiro took to twitter to insult and antagonize Tariq Nasheed for pointing out their cowardly, yellow journalism:

Screen-Shot-2017-03-10-at-10.56.35-PM.png

According to Tariq Nasheed, this isn’t the first time the Daily Wire has printed false stories about him. Here is a past Daily Wire article about Nasheed, which made false claims about his Castro comments, and here is another bogus Daily Wire article that claimed Nasheed was “crazy” and that he “went nuts” over the shooting of an immigrant.

Here is yet another fake news article from the Daily Wire where they falsely claim Nasheed is a “Black Lives Matter advocate”, when Nasheed has repeatedly stated that he has nothing to do with BLM whatsoever.

This type of deceptive, racialized propaganda coming from these fake news sites like the Daily Wire is indicative of the “alternative facts” mantra of the current Trump presidency. And it has no place in the fight for truth and justice.


You are something. lol Do you really not understand what satire is? Like, how old are you?

I imagine you're missed in the white supremacist jerkoff thread, best scurry back there little boy. lol

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The thing that's really hilarious about all these protests/riots, is that all the stuff they burn, break, tear up, deface, etc. will have to be paid for BY THEM to get fixed. Anytime someone burns up and destroys a cop car, that YOUR TAX MONEY that's going to pay for the new one. lol lol lol

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