Rioters identified by journalists as being Antifa attacked a police building in Portland on Monday night and chased police cars in Seattle, forcing them to reverse course.
The Portland Police Bureau said that a group of approximately 75 individuals were involved in the chaos last night, which included a “commercial grade firework” being thrown near police vehicles that were parked at the Penumbra Kelly Building. The group reportedly blocked traffic for hours and some ventured onto the property and were arrested.
#Antifa rioters threw an explosive mortar at the Penumbra Kelly police building in SE Portland tonight. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/Bc38DGvse3
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 23, 2020
Journalist Andy Ngo, who recently testified in front of the U.S. Senate on Antifa, highlighted another moment, allegedly in Seattle, which showed “antifa black bloc rioters” forcing “police vehicles away.”
Seattle: Antifa black bloc rioters force police vehicles away. #AntifaRiots pic.twitter.com/0RrQPvsimB
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 23, 2020
Various citizen journalists noted that those in the group in Portland were reportedly calling out New York Times journalist Nellie Bowles over a report she wrote that highlighted how leftist activists were getting aggressive with their tactics towards residents. The following was one of the examples highlighted in the report:
Terrance Moses was watching protesters against police brutality march down his quiet residential street one recent evening when some in the group of a few hundred suddenly stopped and started yelling.
Mr. Moses was initially not sure what the protesters were upset about, but as he got closer, he saw it: His neighbors had an American flag on display.
“It went from a peaceful march, calling out the names, to all of a sudden, bang, ‘How dare you fly the American flag?’” said Mr. Moses, who is Black and runs a nonprofit group in the Portland, Ore., area. “They said take it down. They wouldn’t leave. They said they’re going to come back and burn the house down.”
Mr. Moses and others blocked the demonstrators and told them to leave.
“We don’t go around terrorizing folks to try and force them to do something they don’t want to do,” said Mr. Moses, whose nonprofit group provides support for local homeless people. “I’m a veteran. I’m for these liberties.”
Violent riots have rocked Portland and Seattle — both of which are under Democratic leadership — for months and has led to both cities being designated this week as “anarchist jurisdictions.”
The Department of Justice announced this week that the two cities had been designated as “anarchist jurisdictions” because they met certain requirements.
- This month, Portland marked 100 consecutive nights of protests marred by vandalism, chaos, and even killing.
- Those bent on violence regularly started fires, threw projectiles at law enforcement officers, and destroyed property. Numerous law enforcement officers, among others, suffered injury.
- Shootings increased by more than 140% in June and July 2020 compared to the same period last year.
- In the midst of this violence, the Portland City Council cut $15 million from the police bureau, eliminating 84 positions. Crucially, the cuts included the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which investigates shootings, and several positions from the police team that responds to emergency incidents.
- In August, Portland Mayor Wheeler sent a letter to President Trump expressly rejecting the Administration’s offer of federal law enforcement to stop the violent protests.
- For nearly a month, starting in June, the City of Seattle permitted anarchists and activists to seize six square blocks of the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, naming their new enclave the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) and then the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP).
- Law enforcement and fire fighters were precluded from entering the territory. The Seattle Police Department was ordered to abandon their precinct within the CHOP.
- Person-related crime in the CHOP increased 525% from the same period of time in the same area the year before, including by Mayor Durkan’s own count “two additional homicides, 6 additional robberies, and 16 additional aggravated assaults (to include 2 additional non-fatal shootings).”
- The CHOP was allowed to stand for nearly a month, during which time two teenagers were shot and killed in the zone.
- The Seattle City Council, Mayor Durkan, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee publicly rejected federal involvement in law enforcement activities within the city of Seattle.