Law enforcement officials reportedly killed 48-year-old Michael Forest Reinoehl, an antifa and Black Lives Matter extremist, on Thursday night when they closed in to arrest him for allegedly murdering a right-wing protester in Portland.
Officials said that Reinoehl “was killed during the encounter in Lacey, Wash., southwest of Seattle, when a federal fugitive task force moved to apprehend him,” The New York Times reported. “An arrest warrant had been issued by the Portland police earlier Thursday.”
The Oregonian first reported that authorities were investigating Reinoehl for his alleged involvement last weekend in the shooting death of right-wing protester Aaron Danielson.
The news came after VICE News teased out a clip on Thursday afternoon of an interview that they did with Reinoehl.
“Lots of lawyers suggest that I shouldn’t even be saying anything, but I feel it’s important that the world at least gets a little bit of what’s really going on because there’s been a lot of propaganda put out there,” Reinoehl said. “I had no choice, I mean, I had a choice, I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color, but I wasn’t gonna do that.”
“Reinoehl had been a persistent presence at the demonstrations in Portland over recent weeks, helping the protesters with security and suggesting on social media that the struggle was becoming a war where ‘there will be casualties,'” The Times added. “On July 5 during the protests, Mr. Reinoehl was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a loaded firearm, but the case was later dropped.”
Reinoehl described himself as “100% ANTIFA all the way,” had a black power tattoo on his neck, and had repeatedly expressed support for Black Lives Matter.
Daily Caller Editor in Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll called out some questionable reporting that appeared in The New York Times’ report, writing on Twitter: “This is real and in print at nytimes: The report goes out of its way to promote armed antifa ‘security’ as praiseworthy experts in ‘de-escalation’ … IN A STORY ABOUT AN ANTIFA GUY MURDERING SOMEONE AND THEN DYING IN A SHOOT OUT WITH POLICE.”
This is real and in print at nytimes:
The report goes out of its way to promote armed antifa “security” as praiseworthy experts in “de-escalation” …
IN A STORY ABOUT AN ANTIFA GUY MURDERING SOMEONE AND THEN DYING IN A SHOOT OUT WITH POLICE. https://t.co/dLNVUKC4Cg
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) September 4, 2020
Federalist co-founder Sean Davis also slammed The New York Times’ reporting, writing: “This NYT hagiography of a cold-blooded murderer is so obscene and divorced from reality that I’m surprised they didn’t refer to him as an Austere Protest Scholar.”
This NYT hagiography of a cold-blooded murderer is so obscene and divorced from reality that I’m surprised they didn’t refer to him as an Austere Protest Scholar. https://t.co/dH5nPnjmXP
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 4, 2020
At nearly the same time as The New York Times’ report was published, President Donald Trump tweeted out the far-left extremist, writing: “Why aren’t the Portland Police ARRESTING the cold blooded killer of Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson. Do your job, and do it fast. Everybody knows who this thug is. No wonder Portland is going to hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI”
Why aren’t the Portland Police ARRESTING the cold blooded killer of Aaron “Jay” Danielson. Do your job, and do it fast. Everybody knows who this thug is. No wonder Portland is going to hell! @TheJusticeDept @FBI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
In one post written on the Reinoehl’s Instagram account, the far-left extremist wrote:
Every Revolution needs people that are willing and ready to fight. There are so many of us protesters that are just protesting without a clue of where that will lead. That’s just the beginning that’s where the fight starts. If that’s as far as you can take it thank you for your participation but please stand aside and support the ones that are willing to fight. I am 100% ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters! Even if some of them are too ignorant to realize what antifa truly stands for. We do not want violence but we will not run from it either! If the police continue to pick on and beat up innocent citizens that are peacefully voicing their objections, it must be met with equal force! We are currently living through a crucial point in Humanities evolution. We truly have an opportunity right now to fix everything. But it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties. I was in the army and I hated it. I did not feel like fighting for them would ever be a good cause. Today’s protesters and antifa are my brothers in arms. This is a Cause to fight for This truly is fighting for my country! I have children that need to live in a world run by Common Sense and human decency. And I will do anything to make sure that happens. Now is the time to change the course of humanity. If we fold now just because they show some Force we will be lost for another hundred years. And I don’t think the planet will let us live that long if we don’t straighten shit up. Please be safe strong and United. I love you all❤️💪🙏 #Antifa #blaklivesmatter #f**kthepolice
Reinoehl’s sister, April Reinoehl, 36, told the Daily Mail that her brother has been estranged from the family for years after he allegedly stole medication from their mother and that he was “a jerk” who was “verbally cruel.”
This report has been updated to include additional information.