(Liberty Bell) – Over the weekend, violence continued to rage on the streets of Portland, Oregon after federal law enforcement allowed state and local police to take over response efforts to what can quite reasonably be described as an armed insurgency.
However, if you ask the Wall Street Journal, an outlet many consider to be far more trustworthy than the majority of mainstream media outlets, the violence was “mostly peaceful.”
On Thursday night, the first night after the Department of Homeland Security struck a deal with the State of Oregon, the violent demonstrations continued, with protesters setting various fires, including one in which a pig’s head was set alight atop an American flag. On Friday night, the fires in the streets continue, with radical leftists burning Bibles on a U.S. flag.
On Saturday night, riots continued, with rioters targeting the Portland Police Department with some of the same weapons they had used against federal officers defending the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, including lasers aimed at officers:
Antifa are trashing a southeast Portland residential neighborhood in an effort to slow down Portland Police who are moving them away from the facility they were attacking with glass bottles. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/wnhduflKJK
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 2, 2020
People in this unlawful assembly have thrown glass bottles at Portland Police and directed lasers at them. Anyone who does not disperse may be subject to force or arrest.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) August 2, 2020
Portland Police reported that there was one Saturday night march that was “peaceful.” This wasn’t the only incident in the area however. Another march was decidedly violent, and included rioters who disguised themselves as members of the media to carry out attacks on police officers:
Meanwhile, a group of about two hundred marched from Laurelhurst Park, blocking traffic lanes, to the Penumbra Kelly Building, 4735 East Burnside Street. The group stood blocking East Burnside Street, shined bright lights at Portland Police officers standing outside the building, directed lasers at the officers and eventually began throwing glass bottles at them. Vehicles blocked East Burnside Street from Northeast 47th Avenue to Northeast 50th Avenue.
A person in the crowd threw a glass jar or bottle filled with paint, which struck a Portland Police officer in the head. The officer was not injured.
Portland Police dispersed the crowd, directing it west. People continued to throw glass and plastic bottles at police. People with “press” written on their outer garments repeatedly threw objects at officers.
A large portion of the crowd marched blocking city streets and circled back toward the Penumbra Kelly Building. Portland Police met the crowd near Southeast 50th near East Burnside and directed it south all the way to Southeast Belmont Street. Again people with “press” written on their outer garments were among those throwing objects at police.
It doesn’t take a seasoned journalist to see that the pattern is quite clear. There have been factions of all these “protests” that are peaceful. But there are factions that are without a doubt highly violent and quite openly calling for attacks on police officers. How many times do they need to try to take over police precincts or burn down federal buildings before their apologists in the media stop kidding themselves?
The Wall Street Journal inexplicably reported that “With No Federal Agents on Streets, Portland Protests Turn Largely Peaceful.”
Six paragraphs into the article, they admit that this wasn’t exactly the case:
Separately, a few hundred protesters descended on a police precinct on the city’s east side, according to local law enforcement, where they shined lasers at officers and threw glass bottles at them. The Portland Police Bureau said on Twitter that the gathering had been declared an unlawful assembly and that two people had been arrested.
The Journal has earned a conservative reputation due to the opinions on its editorial page. However, the news section is rather typically liberal, and over 280 Journal employees recently signed a letter complaining about the paper’s editorials.