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Portland Antifa Overwhelmed At Latest Riot By State Police, Sheriff, National Guard

Portland, OR – After more than five months of rioting, Portland residents are finally witnessing a crackdown on the widespread violence gripping the city, thanks to the joint efforts of the Oregon State Police (OSP), the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), and the Oregon National Guard.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the National Guard soldiers to assist law enforcement for the first time on Wednesday night, as multiple groups of rioters moved throughout the city smashing store windows and attacking police with fireworks, the MCSO said in a Unified Command press release on Thursday.

At least 10 people were arrested, including two suspects who were armed with guns when they were taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office.

The night began with two main groups comprised of hundreds of people. One group staged in the North Park Blocks, while the second group converged at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland.

Police deployed Demonstration Liaison Officers (DLOs) in an attempt “to connect with people” in the North Park Blocks group, but they were “not interesting in having a conversation with the DLOs,” according to the MCSO.

Several hundred members of the group then left the area and began moving through downtown, shattering windows and vandalizing the area with graffiti along the way.

Meanwhile, the mob staged at Revolution Hall took off walking over the Morrison Bridge, where they stopped traffic on Southeast Grand Avenue and Interstate 5 southbound, the MCSO said.

The two groups converged on Southwest Naito Parkway at approximately 6 p.m., and proceeded to the Portland Fire & Rescue Station One.

They used vehicles to barricade the roadway, blocking Fire & Rescue personnel from being able to respond to emergency calls for service, according to the MCSO.

While that was occurring, the Unified Command ended up declaring an unlawful assembly at a third gathering taking place near the Skidmore Fountain.

Rioters smashed out more windows as they moved along West Burnside Street, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

Unified Command ultimately declared a riot and repeatedly ordered the mob to leave the area.

The rioters responded by throwing fireworks and various other projectiles at officers.

One of the suspects accused of throwing a firework at law enforcement was quickly taken into custody by nearby deputies, according to the MCSO.

He was later identified as 23-year-old William Beecher.

Beecher, who was wearing a ballistic vest, was armed with a knife, a loaded rifle with multiple magazines, and more fireworks at the time of his arrest, according to the MCSO.

As rioters continued shattering dozens of windows and vandalizing businesses downtown, Brown followed Unified Command’s recommendation to activate the National Guard.

“Law enforcement officers and members of the Oregon National Guard assisted in crowd management, clearing space for business owners to safely board up their properties,” the MCSO said in the press release.

Police and soldiers spent the next 90 minutes “performing high visibility patrols” in the downtown area, until the mob finally backed down to the point the situation “no longer constituted a riot,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The crowd broke out in to smaller groups and wandered through the downtown area until about 9 p.m., when a group gathered up on Southwest Main Street near Chapman Square and Lownsdale Parks.

They then blocked the road and lit a bonfire.

A crowd of approximately 100 people tried to break away to head back towards one of the areas they damaged earlier in the night, prompting police to issue warnings over the loudspeaker that they would be subject to arrest and/or use of force if they continued their effort.

“This announcement was met with aggressive actions by participants,” the MCSO said. “Individuals again threw glass bottles at police and blocked vehicle and pedestrian traffic.”

Police declared another unlawful assembly and spent several minutes dispersing the crowd before they disengaged the group.

Rioters resumed their destructive antics in the downtown area, causing more damage and leading to multiple additional confrontations with police.

The mob had mostly wandered off by approximately 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to the MCSO.

At least 10 people were arrested during the mayhem, to include a suspect who was using a vehicle without license plates to block traffic, according to the MCSO.

The driver, Wesley Fant, was allegedly found in possession of a firearm and was arrested on an unlawful firearm possession charge.

In addition to recovering multiple guns during the night, police also found rioters carrying knives, body armor, ammunition, gas masks, and consumer and commercial grade fireworks, according to the MCSO.

Unified Command said officers did not use any CS gas.

Portland wasn’t the only jurisdiction dealing with riots on Wednesday night.

In Denver, a crowd marched through the streets carrying signs that read “Death to the fascism and liberalism that enables it,” and, “Whoever they vote for we are ungovernable,” KUSA reported.

The mob flipped a dumpster in the middle of the intersection of North Washington Street and West Colfax Avenue and set it on fire, according to police.

Members of the group also shattered windows and damaged property along East Colfax, KUSA reported.

At least eight rioters were arrested during the overnight chaos.

Officers said they recovered a hammer, a handgun, a knife, and bear spray from various suspects, KUSA reported.

Minneapolis police and Minnesota state troopers cited 646 rioters for walking out onto Interstate 94 and blocking traffic for several hours on Wednesday night, WCCO reported.

Some of them had children with them at the time.

The rioters were all released after being cited for public nuisance and pedestrian on a freeway, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Officers completed the massive citation process and reopened the freeway sometime after 1 a.m. on Thursday, WCCO reported.

Police in New York City arrested 57 rioters in Manhattan overnight, the New York Daily News reported.

One of the women they arrested allegedly punched a two-star police chief in the face as he was trying to assist with arresting another suspect.

A second rioter was caught on camera calling an NYPD officer a “fascist” and spitting in his face.

Rioters threw eggs at New York Police Department (NYPD) Chief Terence Monahan’s vehicle and lit multiple fires in Greenwich Village as they repeatedly clashed with police, the New York Daily News reported.

Twenty-one rioters were given desk appearance tickets, four were taken into custody, and 32 were issued criminal court summonses, according to the New York Daily News.

Officers seized multiple M-80s during the night, and also found two knives on a 16-year-old girl.

In Los Angeles, police declared an unlawful assembly for the second consecutive night on Wednesday, KABC reported.

Several dozen rioters blocked an intersection near Hill Street and 5th Street shortly before 7:30 p.m.

Officers described the crowd as “large and unruly,” and declared an unlawful assembly, KABC reported.

They were able to disperse the crowd within a half hour.

No one was arrested.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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