Antifa conducted another violent riot in downtown Portland on October 12th. The Portland Police Bureau [PPB] says there was approximately $500k in property damage. The riot was supposed to be in honor of the late Antifa rioter Sean Kealiher. He died in a violent street battle involving Antifa in 2019. A car hit him and pinned his body against the local Democratic Party headquarters after another Antifa opened fire on the vehicle. His death is considered a homicide but has never been solved because everyone involved refused to cooperate with the police.
Today, the PPB issued a press release stating that zero perpetrators were arrested.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has refused to prosecute over 90% of charges pressed against rioters during the past two years. At the same time, the District’s Attorney’s office has aggressively targeted members of law enforcement for criminal prosecution for using “excessive force” to stop rioters. The result is that police conduct full stand-downs and allow Antifa to commit crimes with impunity.
In the lead-up to widespread pre-announced Antifa rioting on August 22nd, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell gave advance notice that the police would conduct a stand down. Antifa attacked random pedestrians and motorists. An Antifa gunman nearly shot one pedestrian.
Mostly within a time span of about 10 minutes, participants broke numerous windows and bank ATMs (photos). Officers were called to respond citywide, and all but the highest priority life safety 911 calls were left to hold so officers could be dispatched. At the same time, the group began to light garbage cans and dumpsters on fire in the street.
No arrests have been made yet. At this point the damage is believed to be in excess of $500,000, and reports are still being compiled. There were 35 separate locations that were targeted, including banks, retail stores, coffee shops, and government buildings.
“I’m concerned about the brazen criminal acts that took place downtown last night,” said Chief Chuck Lovell. “I want to assure those who were victimized that investigations are underway, and we will do whatever we can to identify and arrest those who were responsible. We ask that anyone with information please reach out to us.
#Antifa trashed a section of downtown Portland overnight & started fires. They rioted in memory of Sean Kealiher, who was hit by a car & killed when his comrades fired rounds at vehicle. Antifa refused to cooperate in police investigation. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/AFK0VayOH3
— Tony (@_Mrtdogg) October 13, 2021