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    Bloody and gruesome video footage has emerged from Portland, Oregon that shows a female protester bleeding heavily from her chest after being stabbed by another woman.   In the clip, which was posted to TikTok, a woman wearing a black face-mask pulls down her top to reveal a bloody knife wound.  The shocking video which was shot in Lownsdale Square Park begins with the woman shouting 'call the police!' while the alleged knifewoman walks away from her. At several times in the video, the knife can be clearly seen in the woman's hand.  On Tuesday protesters once again took to the streets for the 69th straight day of demonstrations there.  @naturaldivinity18 ##blm ##portlandoregon ##blacklivesmatter ##portlandprotest ##agitators ♬ original sound - naturaldivinity18 ...
    A Native American member of the Seattle City Council is firing back after being targeted by “Defund the Police” protesters who disrupted her neighborhood and spraypainted obscene messages in graffiti near her home after she refused to sign a pledge committing to an immediate 50% reduction in the Seattle Police Department’s budget. “Several tribal leaders in Washington state are denouncing ‘incredibly personal and targeted acts of violence’ against Seattle’s lone Indigenous City Council member, Debora Juarez, who in recent weeks has received death threats and been harassed at home by mobs of protesters who support defunding police,” Indian Country Today reported. Juarez reportedly began receiving obscene messages at her personal cellphone number in mid-July because, although she supports redirecting a...
    Photo by Ray Roa It was recently discovered that a new “Back the Blue” street mural in front of Tampa Police headquarters was made without a permit, and while the City of Tampa has yet to say what will happen to the illegal artwork, local protesters are now saying they’ll hold a nearby rally this weekend to “Paint the Picture.” A recent flier, tweeted from the Tampa Protest social media account, doesn’t specifically say which picture will be painted, so to find out you’ll have to show up at Curtis Hixon Park, on Saturday August 8, at 5.p.m. The flier also says this is a Black Lives Matter event.  Since it was originally painted last Saturday evening in the middle...
    Photo by Ray RoaIt’s now abundantly clear that if you illegally shut down a street in downtown Tampa and vandalize it in praise of local law enforcement, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you shut down a street and call for police reform, you’ll be met with pepper spray and rubber bullets.  Yesterday, it was discovered that a group of “patriots” shut down a street directly in front of the downtown Tampa Police Department headquarters to create what they called “America’s first ‘Back The Blue’ mural.” While the group did submit a permit, city spokesperson Ashley Bauman told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that that the application had not been approved. One of the mural organizers, Kristen Krutz, even told...
    The recent arrest of two pro-life protesters in Washington, D.C., is an example of the "totalitarian purification" of America being engineered by the left, according to Mark Levin. The two students were detained over the weekend after writing in chalk "Black Pre-Born Lives Matter" in front of a Planned Parenthood office, an act for which they reportedly had obtained a city permit. Levin said he is proud of the people arrested, adding that it shows the First Amendment now essentially only applies to Democrat-endorsed messaging. "It doesn't apply to conservatives, it only applies to colleges and universities that radicalize their students and have radical groups, not to conservative speakers that might be invited on campus," said the Fox News host on his "The Mark...
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night time throughout a battle with a girl who took footage inside a metropolis park that housed demonstrators for months, in accordance with police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. contained in the Lownsdale Sq. park throughout from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops stated. After capturing images and video on the park, the girl started arguing with protesters and stabbed considered one of them in her chest, police stated. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter reveals the sufferer and different protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Name the police!” a girl filming repeatedly says earlier than urging the suspect to drop the knife....
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night during a fight with a woman who took footage inside a city park that housed demonstrators for months, according to police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. inside the Lownsdale Square park across from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops said. After shooting photos and video at the park, the woman began arguing with protesters and stabbed one of them in her chest, police said. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter shows the victim and other protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Call the police!” a woman filming repeatedly says before urging the suspect to drop the knife. “I told you not to f–k...
    Seattle's police chief has pleaded with city officials to 'stop mob rule and do the right thing' after 'aggressive' protesters marched on her home Saturday.  Carmen Best wrote a letter to the council Monday two days after protesters showed up at her home Saturday night. Best, who opposes a 50 per cent cut in police funding, said council members need to 'forcefully call for the end of these tactics.'   Protesters recently also appeared outside the homes of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and some people on the City Council as demonstrations continue following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Best last month spoke out against a plan proposed by advocates to cut the police department budget by 50 per cent and...
    When CNN wanted to feature a stridently pro-Trump pundit in 2019,  they often turned to Steve Cortes — whose willingness to defend President Donald Trump at every turn stood in stark contrast to the views expressed by conservative CNN pundits like S.E. Cupp and Republican strategist Ana Navarro. Cortes is now a senior adviser for Trump’s reelection campaign, and an article by the Daily Beast’s Scott Bixby exposes some of his more extreme views. Navarro and Cupp are conservative but not far-right; Cortes is far-right, and Bixby offers some examples in his August 3 article. Trump drew widespread criticism when, on June 1, protesters in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. were violently removed by law enforcement so that Trump could...
    Protesters in Gotham and other cities around the ­nation are so used to getting their way, they’ve been spoiled. Their illegal occupation of our streets and parks has ­become so routine that the protesting class throws tantrums when it faces consequences, however rarely that happens. Last week’s arrest of Nikki Stone, wanted for alleged serial vandalism of police cameras, was a case in point. The 18-year-old homeless woman was marching in a “peaceful,” though non-permitted, march down Second Avenue when plainclothes NYPD ­officers arrested her and put her in an unmarked van. Stone had been filmed on multiple occasions painting over NYPD security cameras around City Hall Park during the last month’s occupation. Her alleged actions suggest a flagrant lawlessness and...
    A black motorist is going viral after erupting on Black Lives Matter protesters for blocking a highway in Austin, Texas. Late Saturday night, far-left activists gathered on I-35 in the Texas capital city to protest. They refused to let cars pass, claiming, "this is our highway." Then an unidentified motorist got out of his truck and screamed at the protesters, telling them to let him through, so that he could go to work and provide for his family. "Hey look, I understand the cause, I appreciate it — but I gotta go to work!" the man yelled. "I'm black — I gotta go to work! I got bills. I got kids. Get the f**k out my way!" Video of...
    A BLACK driver was filmed demanding Black Lives Matter protesters stop blocking the road during a rally in Austin. Footage shows the furious dad telling the campaigners to "get out my way" because he had to get to work. 5The frustrated driver got out of his truck to shout at protesters blocking the roadCredit: @sav_says_/Twitter 5The BLM activists cleared the road to let the cars continue on the highwayCredit: @sav_says_/Twitter The video, which was filmed at around 11:30 pm on Saturday night, shows the man stepping out of his car to confront activists who were blocking traffic. The man can be heard shouting at the crowd to get out of the way so he can get to work and provide...
    FOOTAGE from Austin last night shows a black driver demanding white BLM protesters to stop blocking the road. The video follows a clash between rival gun-toting groups at the makeshift memorial site of BLM protester Garrett Foster. 5The frustrated driver got out of his truck to shout at protesters blocking the roadCredit: @sav_says_/Twitter 5The BLM activists cleared the road to let the cars continue on the highwayCredit: @sav_says_/Twitter The video, which was filmed at around 11:30 pm on Saturday night, shows the man stepping out of his car to confront activists who were blocking traffic. The man can be heard shouting at the crowd to get out of the way so he can get to work and provide for his...
    PROTESTERS from a number of campaign groups have marched through the streets of London today to call for repatriations to African nations and descendants of slaves. But police have imposed a curfew on the demonstrations to stop people blocking main roads or joining raves in Brixton during Afrikan Emancipation Day. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9Hundreds of people have marched through the streets today as part of Afrikan Emancipation Day.Credit: Alamy Live News 9Representatives from a range of different organisations, including Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter, joined the eventCredit: Alamy Live News 9Met officers are policing the event over concerns a major road would be blockedCredit: Alamy Live News It comes after...
    President Donald Trump has declared that federal agents will not leave Portland, even as a second night of peaceful protests occurred. Over the last 60 days, the commander-in-chief has declared that Oregon's largest city has been overrun with 'thugs' and 'rioters' for more than two months following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 'Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!' Trump tweeted on Friday night. But, on Thursday, federal officers withdrew from the city, a deal that state officials hope will continue to ease tensions as the city tries to move on from months of chaotic nightly protests. Friday's overnight protest mimicked that of Thursday, which was the first time in...
    Protesters flocked to the Justice Center and the federal courthouse in Portland again on Friday night, lighting fires and burning American flags and Bibles in the streets. According to the Portland Police, which did not engage with demonstrators, the crowd lit several fires, including a large bonfire in the middle of the street in front of the federal courthouse. One video shows protesters feeding a small fire with Bibles, which were engulfed in flames: I don’t know what burning the Bible has to do with protesting against police brutality. Do not be under the illusion that these protests and riots are anything but an attempt to dismantle all of Western Civilization and upend centuries of tradition and freedom of...
    The passenger in the Jeep that sped through a Black Lives Matter protest, causing one woman to fall off the highway, said they were simply trying to drive to the airport and became jolted after people threw projectiles at the vehicle.   Footage of a blue Jeep racing down a Aurora, Colorado highway as Black Lives Matter protesters desperately jumped out of the way made headlines on Sunday as tensions  mount nationwide. The scene divulged into chaos after the blue Jeep crashed into another vehicle and one man opened fire.  But according to Gregory Goodenough, the driver had not specifically targeted Black Lives Matter protesters and drove onto the highway while following GPS instructions.  Scroll down for video  On Sunday,  a...
    Three counter-protesters were arrested Thursday following a pro-police rally in Saratoga Springs, New York, according to WRGB. “According to Saratoga Springs Police, a ‘Back the Blue’ rally was held at 6 p.m., and shortly after it began, a group of counter protesters supporting Black Lives Matter and All of Us emerged,” the outlet reported. Even though tensions were high, no violence occurred as officers and two mounted units tried to keep the groups apart. The Saratoga Springs Police Department (SSPDNY) retweeted photographer Erica Miller’s video footage of the rally on Thursday: Back the Blue Rally in #Saratoga as All of Us BLM protestors arrive at Congress Park, with @SSPDNY mounted unit separating the groups @SaratogaSheriff #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/QGh6XeUubF — Erica Miller...
    (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images) Officer body cam footage shows a man with his hands up during the George Floyd protests in Los Angeles being shot in the head with less-lethal projectile fired by police.  The incident occurred in the Fairfax District on the evening of May 30 at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Grove Drive. The over 7-minute video shows the victim, CJ Montano, standing in the middle of the street with his hands up as officers on skirmish lines in front of him react to protesters throwing rocks and frozen water bottles at them, CBS Los Angeles reports. Police are heard screaming “Less lethal!” and “Leave the area!” as they attempt to push back the...
    The Los Angeles Police Department this afternoon released body camera footage showing a US Marine veteran with his hands raised in the air being shot in the head with a rubber projectile during a Black Lives Matter protest in May.  CJ Montano was taking part in what started as a peaceful protest sparked by the killing of George Floyd on May 30 in the Fairfax district in Los Angeles when he said tensions escalated as officers confronted the marchers.  Montano, 24, previously said he had his hands up and was talking to some of the officers, offering to try and get other protesters to stop throwing rocks and bottles at them, when he was shot with several rubber bullets. ...
    The living world turns chaos into order by making large structures out of small units. The sublime coordination of a flock of birds or a school of fish—built iteratively from the twitches and bumps of single individuals—turns instinctive behaviors into something vast and graceful. It’s not just for show. A lone gazelle can’t evade a fast-moving lion anywhere near as well as a slippery, undulating herd. With that in mind, take a look at this video of a truck barreling through protesters in Minneapolis in May. The densely packed protesters swirl out of the truck’s path, then close ranks back around it when the truck stops. For a few moments, the movements of the protesters look very much like...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Homicide detectives at the Austin Police Department are asking for the public's help investigating a Saturday night shooting at an Austin protest that left one man dead, according to a statement Thursday. “This incident is of immense importance to our community and has generated questions that deserve answers,” Austin police said in a statement. Austin officials are encouraging anyone with relevant information, including original video footage or images, to come forward. Officials said detectives have contacted nearby businesses with visible cameras and reviewed their footage, along with video and images provided by witnesses. Austin police said a suspect has not been identified in the ongoing investigation. Garrett Foster died after being shot at a Black Lives...
    Salt Lake City is a world apart from the rest of Utah culturally and politically, and its choice of district attorney shows that—at least on a surface level. Sim Gill, first elected to the seat in 2010, has made some modest criminal justice reform moves, like expressing support for reducing the number of people on probation or court supervision. As a first-generation immigrant from India, he’s one of the few Asian-American elected prosecutors nationwide. Faced with a conservative Republican challenger in 2018, Gill emerged victorious by 14 percentage points. However, DA Gill’s recent reaction to the vandalizing of his office shows a different, more vindictive side to him. In early July, protesters gathered to criticize Gill for refusing to indict the police officer who killed a...
    Alex Thomas July 30, 2020 0 Comments Former President Barack Obama was among a number of speakers at the Atlanta funeral of civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis and though there were early questions about how the former commander-in-chief may address the presidential election less than 100 days away, Obama delivered his speech with a call to action. The 44th president told the crowd, “Bull Connor may be gone, but today we witness with our own eyes police officers kneeling on the necks of Black Americans. George Wallace may be gone, but we can witness our federal government sending agents to use tear gas and batons against peaceful demonstrators.” After applause from the congregation, Obama continued, “We may no...
    By Suman Naishadham and Jake Bleiberg | Associated Press Sheena McFerran was two rows behind a line of police at a protest in Portland, Oregon, when she saw officers pepper-spraying a Black man. “I said, ‘Hell no,’ so I pulled his backpack back really hard and stepped into the space he was in,” said McFerran, a 34-year-old manager for the Sierra Club who’s white. Edward Schinzing, 32, was just around the corner on another night. Prosecutors say he and 30 others broke into a building with a jail and courtrooms, destroyed an office and set it ablaze. Both were arrested. Their disparate circumstances highlight what The Associated Press found in an analysis of more than 200 arrests:...
    Federal agents tear-gassed protesters again and made arrests as several hundred people demonstrated in downtown Portland late Wednesday and early Thursday, hours after state leaders announced federal agents would soon leave the city, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV reports. It was the 62nd night in a row of protests there. Governor Kate Brown said early Wednesday that all Customs and Border Protection & ICE agents would depart Portland and be replaced by Oregon State Police beginning Thursday. But acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the agents would stay put "until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Federal agents issued...
    Civil rights icon John Lewis said protesters had filled him with hope in his final hours in a powerful essay he asked The New York Times to publish on the day of his funeral.   In a piece published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral, Lewis recounted his own fears over the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till and how his death steered him on path to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King. Lewis urged the next generation of activists to continue getting into 'good trouble, necessary trouble' for 'now it is your turn to let freedom ring'. 'While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that...
    Federal agents tear-gassed protesters again and made arrests as several hundred people demonstrated in downtown Portland late Wednesday and early Thursday, hours after state leaders announced federal agents would soon leave the city, CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV reports. It was the 62nd night in a row of protests there. Governor Kate Brown said early Wednesday that all Customs and Border Protection & ICE agents would depart Portland and be replaced by Oregon State Police beginning Thursday. But acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the agents would stay put "until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Federal agents issued...
    The Daily Caller’s chief video director Richie McGinniss performed some of the absolute best journalism we’ve ever seen while reporting on the ground in Portland, Oregon this week.
    Police mass to block protesters after plainclothes officers dragged one protester into an unmarked van The New York Police Department appears to have looked at coverage of anonymous federal forces throwing protesters into unmarked vans in Portland, Oregon, and thought “Wow, how can we get in on that?” Multiple videos taken Tuesday in New York City show a group of officers in t-shirts and shorts dragging a protester into an unmarked Kia minivan. The NYPD claims that 18-year-old Nikki Stone (or Nicki—reports vary) was “wanted for damaging police cameras during 5 separate criminal incidents in & around City Hall Park” and faces charges of criminal mischief. This appears to have been all NYPD, no federal officers involved, and yet, as New...
    The Portland protests are a block party at the end of the world. Lownsdale Square Park, a treed, grassy downtown plaza flanked by courthouses, is showing signs of wear after hosting continuous protests for the past two months. The lawn has been tread to dust, and tear gas and pepper spray cling to it. People start coughing as soon as they arrive. Everyone is wearing a face mask, and often goggles and a helmet too. As the sun set last Friday night, protesters milled around trying to find their friends while snacking on barbecued “riot ribs,” protein bars, and high-end jerky. They projected a giant image of George Floyd across the boarded up windows of the Multnomah County Justice Center,...
    Shawn Thew/CNP via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Many questions linger over what led to the events outside in the White House on June 1 in Lafayette Square, wherein US Park Police attacked peaceful protesters with tear gas and excessive force moments before Donald Trump strolled through the park for a photo op in front of a nearby church. The USPP has insisted that the reason for the crackdown wasn’t for Trump’s photo op, but instead to install a new perimeter fence. The agency has also maintained that the protesters weren’t peaceful, which necessitated the use of force and defensive weapons to clear the park. But during a House Natural Resources...
    Questions remain over who is organizing the crowds that have filled Portland’s streets for more than 60 consecutive nights since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrators have thrown fireworks and Molotov cocktails over a fence where federal officers are embedded to protect the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. On Monday night, an incendiary device thrown by someone in the crowd of hundreds exploded outside the courthouse “causing a report to be heard and felt more than a block away,” according to the Portland Police Bureau. Federal officers responded by issuing warnings over megaphones, directing crowds to disperse before firing riot ammunition, pepper balls and CS gas. Though mostly Democratic officials have defended the actions of...
    Two women have been arrested for beating Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Tim Carpenter when he stopped to take video of protesters during a chaotic night of violence near the state Capitol last month. Samantha Hamer, 26, and Kerida O'Reilly, 33, were arrested in Madison on Monday on suspicion of being parties to the crimes of substantial battery and robbery with use of force.  They turned themselves in to police after members of the public identified them when police released surveillance images of them during the protests the night of June 23.  Carpenter said he was heading to his office at about midnight when he stopped to take cell phone video of protesters near the state Capitol.  Samantha Hamer, 26, (left) and...
    Attorney General William Barr plans to tell the House Judiciary Committee that the violent unrest in Portland is "an assault on the Government of the United States," according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by CBS News. In the remarks, Barr also accuses Democratic members of the House Judiciary committee of trying to "discredit" him. "To state what should be obvious, peaceful protesters do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars, or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress," Barr says.  Barr will appear in front of the committee on Tuesday for an oversight hearing. In his opening remarks, he discusses the...
    What happens when you take a generation of people, carefully instill in them an overriding sense of entitlement, give them lives of immeasurable comfort and ease, grant them every right and liberty known to man, but then at the same time tell them, somehow, incredibly, that they are oppressed — and then finally, after decades of this sort of schizophrenic conditioning, grant them free reign to express their confused and unearned rage in whatever way they desire, including felony vandalism and assault? Well, we are now seeing the results of that social experiment, and they are as ugly as expected — the country witnessing an eruption in rioting and mayhem by members of what the Feds generally describe as “violent...
    (CNN) — Protests flared up across the country this weekend, two months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis catalyzed a nationwide reckoning over race and policing. From Portland to Seattle to Louisville, Kentucky, protesters took to the streets, as the nation honored the life of civil rights hero John Lewis. Some protests were largely peaceful. Others descended into clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators. Here’s a break down of the unrest. Portland, Oregon Portland was already brimming with tension before the weekend. Protests there took center stage this month after President Donald Trump sent federal agents to the city to protect federal property — a move that angered local demonstrators, who view it as an occupation of their city....
    (CNN)Protests flared up across the country this weekend, two months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis catalyzed a nationwide reckoning over race and policing. From Portland to Seattle to Louisville, Kentucky, protesters took to the streets, as the nation honored the life of civil rights hero John Lewis.Some protests were largely peaceful. Others descended into clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators. Here's a break down of the unrest.Portland, OregonRead MorePortland was already brimming with tension before the weekend.Protests there took center stage this month after President Donald Trump sent federal agents to the city to protect federal property -- a move that angered local demonstrators, who view it as an occupation of their city.Demonstrations Friday night began...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A protest rally was held Sunday following Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s decision to remove two statues of Christopher Columbus. Dozens of protesters held a rally Sunday in Arrigo Park at Loomis and Polk streets on the Near West Side. They called the removal of the Columbus statue there, and the one in Grant Park near the Museum Campus, a slap in the face to Italian-Americans. “This is our history – so much history, so many memories, so many weddings, graduations, and other family photos with that massive statue in the background,” Ron Onesti said at the protest. “But now it’s gone, taken in the darkness of night, while so many fought to keep it here where it belonged.”...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities over the weekend with demonstrators squaring off against federal agents outside a courthouse in Portland, Oregon, forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house and setting fire to vehicles in California and Virginia. A protest against police violence in Austin, Texas, turned deadly when a witness says the driver of a car that drove through a crowd of marchers opened fire on an armed demonstrator who approached the vehicle. And someone was shot and wounded in Aurora, Colorado, after a car drove through a protest there, authorities said. The unrest Saturday and early Sunday stemmed from the weeks of protests over racial injustice and the police...
    Daily Caller’s chief video director Richie McGinniss and media reporter Shelby Talcott are on the ground in Portland, Oregon covering all of the protests at the courthouse.
    BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4) — Demonstrators who gathered in Berthoud Sunday morning to show support for law enforcement were met with counter-protesters. Police said there was a scuffle between the groups early on, but they were separated. This comes after protests over the death of Elijah McClain turned violent Saturday night in Aurora. (credit: CBS) The “Back the Blue” walk and rally took place at Fickel Park, on Mountain Ave (Highway 56), between 6th and 7th Streets. Ryan Armagost organized the rally and said he hoped it would be a “small, low-key community event.” (credit: CBS) On Thursday, Armagost wrote on Facebook, “It has grown beyond the span of my control… I organized this and I want to let everyone know...
    Famed NFL coach Mike Ditka says if people can't respect the national anthem, they should leave America. What are the details? In a now-viral interview with TMZ Sports, the beloved former Chicago Bears coach aired his grievances about people who don't treat the country with utmost respect. "If you can't respect our national anthem, get the hell out of the country," he sniped. "That's the way I feel. Of course, I'm old-fashioned. So, I'm only going to say what I feel. I think there's a way you protest, and there's a way you don't protest." Ditka, 80, also hit out at athletes who kneel during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." ...
    BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4) — Demonstrators who gathered in Berthoud Sunday morning to show support for law enforcement were met with counter-protesters. Police said there was a scuffle between the groups early on, but they were separated. This comes after protests over the death of Elijah McClain turned violent Saturday night in Aurora. (credit: CBS) The “Back the Blue” walk and rally took place at Fickel Park, on Mountain Ave (Highway 56), between 6th and 7th Streets. Ryan Armagost organized the rally and said he hoped it would be a “small, low-key community event.” (credit: CBS) On Thursday, Armagost wrote on Facebook, “It has grown beyond the span of my control… I organized this and I want to let everyone know...
    Federal law enforcement officers face off demonstrators during a protest against racial inequality and police violence in Portland, Oregon, U.S., July 26, 2020.Caitlin Ochs | Reuters Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities overnight, with demonstrators squaring off against agents outside a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house and setting fire to vehicles during unrest in California and Virginia. A protester in Austin, Texas, who was apparently armed with a rifle was shot and killed after witnesses say he approached a car that had driven through a march against police violence. And someone was shot and wounded in Aurora, Colorado, after a car drove through a protest there, authorities...
    Portland protesters used leaf blowers to redirect tear gas back at federal agents seeking to disperse crowds, and now the federal agents are responding in kind, blowing it back again with similar gear, according to reports. The protest group calling itself "Fathers Against Fascism" deployed the tactic in Portland this week and the federal agents that have descended upon the city to protect federal buildings and property are now using them, too, to redirect tear gas, YouTube video posted by The Guardian showed. Tweets have showed the use of the home clean-up tools being used in protests in the event they turn violent and sprayed by federal agents by tear gas. And other tweets have shown the federal agents holding similar...
    Anti-police protesters plan to march to the Virginia home of Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to demand the removal of federal agents from Portland, Oregon, and other cities. ‘As part of a national call to action we're calling for a march and rally at Chad Wolf's house in Alexandria, Virginia on Sunday, July 26th at 10am to demand that Trump's troops be removed from every city,’ read the notice from ShutDown DC. ‘Please meet us at Preston Rd and Valley Drive. We're calling for ICE to be abolished. ‘We're calling for every person detained by CBP to be freed.’ Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is pictured above at the White...
    Saturday, Fox News Channel’s Jeanine Pirro emphasized the stakes involved in this November’s general election, noting the civil unrest and threats to federal property, which has forced the use of federal law enforcement. Pirro took a jab at the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign, which has lacked many traditional elements, including public appearances thus far. Transcript as follows: You have 100 days. One hundred days to save this country. As you’ve watched the attempted destruction of this great nation — yes, I said, great nation — you probably felt like you were watching violence play out in a third world country, that this kind of thing doesn’t happen in the United States. Well, I’ve got news for you. Elect...
    Seattle protesters set fire to a youth detention center and a police precinct Saturday as they went on a rampage through the city and a Wall of Moms and Vets have taken to the streets to protect demonstrators from law enforcement. Cops declared the protest a riot Saturday afternoon as firefighters fought to tackle the raging flames billowing out of a construction area near the King County Juvenile Detention Facility at 12th Avenue and Jefferson Street.  Around 2,000 descended on the city as protests that had tempered in Seattle following the dismantling of the CHOP zone earlier this month have inflamed once more, after Donald Trump said he was sending in federal troops as part of his sweeping law and...
    (CNN)Heavily armed, unidentifiable security agents dressed in camouflage have been snatching anti-racism protesters off the streets of Portland, Oregon, and bundling them into unmarked cars, with no clear justification. They're scenes you might expect to see in authoritarian countries, not in America. It turns out that among the hodge-podge of paramilitary-style officers wearing no name badges were many from the Department of Homeland Security, established after 9/11 primarily to deal with terrorism. More specifically, the officers were from the department's Customs and Border Protection agency, which is supposed "to safeguard America's borders" from dangerous people and materials.  US President Donald Trump has repeatedly branded anti-racism protesters in the country as "terrorists," and his promise to "surge" his paramilitary-style units from Portland to other Democrat-run...
    The Daily Caller’s Shelby Talcott and Richie McGinniss are on the ground in Portland, Oregon where protesters are engaged in an ongoing standoff with law enforcement. President Donald Trump recently dispatched hundreds of federal agents to cities across the country experiencing unrest, including Portland, Chicago, and Kansas City. At least one police officer has said the protesters are mostly white and have shouted racially charged phrases at black officers. “It says something when you’re at a Black Lives Matter protest, you have more minorities on the police side then you have in a violent crowd, and you have white people screaming at black officers: ‘You have the biggest nose I’ve ever seen,’” said officer Jakhary Jackson. Jackson added that he...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Two prominent Chicago statues of Christopher Columbus might have been removed this week, but the issues that sparked protests where they once stood in Grant Park and Little Italy remain. A few hundred pro-police demonstrators attending a “Back the Blue” march in Grant Park faced off with protesters demanding the city reduce funding for the Chicago Police Department, and devote more money to social service programs. The scene in Grant Park was a stark contrast to eight days ago, when a protest at the Christopher Columbus statue turned violent, as some protesters began pelting police with rocks, frozen water bottles, and firecrackers. That statue and another in Arrigo Park were removed on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s orders early...
    Images broadcast worldwide of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler getting tear-gassed alongside protesters made him an overnight standard-bearer for the growing movement against President Donald Trump's use of federal agents to tamp down violence in U.S. cities. But for many Portland residents, of which 72% of residents are white, the moment felt ironic and hypocritical.  For while the city has appeared progressive on issues in the past whether it be the environment or wars overseas, when it comes to racism, the issue is far more complicated.  The state of Oregon had some of the most brutal anti-black laws in the nation which was essentially founded on principles of white supremacy.  Portland has been rocked by protests for two months but...
    If the street scenes during protests in Portland, Oregon, looked familiar this week, it’s because you’ve seen them before … in Iraq. Heavily armed troops in camouflage garb with helmets and tactical vests moving through a community like an occupation army? Check. Hostile civilians gathered together on the street in protest of the occupation army? Check. Complete lack of knowledge about the civilian population on the part of the occupying army — whose members are not from the area and are there on temporary assignment? Check. No lines of communication between the two sides? Check. Random civilians grabbed off the street and hustled away to God-only-knows-where without probable cause or criminal charges? Check. Stagnant situation on the ground that doesn’t...
    Lucian K. Truscott IV July 25, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) If the street scenes during protests in Portland, Oregon, looked familiar this week, it's because you've seen them before … in Iraq.  Heavily armed troops in camouflage garb with helmets and tactical vests moving through a community like an occupation army? Check. : Hostile civilians gathered together on the street in protest of the occupation army? Check. Complete lack of knowledge about the civilian population on the part of the occupying army — whose members are not from the area and are there on temporary assignment? Check. No lines of communication between the two sides? Check. : Random civilians grabbed off the street and hustled away to God-only-knows-where without probable...
    (CNN)The Trump administration's militarized response to the protests in Portland and its rhetoric of war -- along with the President's threats to deploy federal law enforcement to other major cities -- pose a serious threat to both the American people and our democracy. Benjamin HaasJarring videos show law enforcement officers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plucking protesters from the streets of Portland and stuffing them in unmarked vehicles before driving away. The agents, clad in the same camouflage pattern that I wore as an Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan, are not readily identifiable either by name or by agency. US Customs and Border Protection -- an agency under the DHS -- admitted to being involved in arresting...
    Small children were given signs that read "f*** the police" and encouraged to repeat the vulgar anti-police phrase on camera during protests in Portland, the Daily Wire reported. The young children were marching with adults in the anti-police protests that have taken place in Portland, Oregon, for nearly two months. The adults told the kids to say "f*** the police," and provided positive reinforcement when they did. An Axios-Ipsos poll from June 2 showed that far fewer African Americans (36%) trust local law enforcement to look out for their best interests and the interests of their families than white Americans (77%) Hispanic Americans (62%) and all Americans (69%). That perception can and is being passed on to younger generations,...
    x Vimeo Video President Trump apparently thinks it’s more important to focus on a handful of protesters in Portland than fighting the coronavirus pandemic and working to fix the economy. Becoming the “law and order” presidential candidate even if there isn’t all that much disorder is his current campaign plan. Trump is sending in militarized federal agents to go after a handful of protesters. It’s a violent overreaction, but that’s the point. Overreact to get a reaction. President American Carnage wants to see violence, molotov cocktails and crowds so he can be the firm hand we need when all is chaos. This is all just another step on the path to autocracy. Sure, it’s an election ploy, but...
    Portland, Oregon (CNN)A viral video showing volunteer medics being shoved to the ground by law enforcement officers in Portland is raising questions about the tactics being used by authorities to handle ongoing protests in the city. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several volunteer medics who say they were involved in a physical encounter with authorities as the medics attempted to treat an injured person. CNN interviewed two of the plaintiffs, Christopher Durkee and Savannah Guest, Tuesday night near the downtown Portland federal building, which has served as the epicenter for ongoing protests for over 55 days. Durkee, a trained EMT and mental-health professional, and Guest, a former emergency medical services volunteer, said they came to Portland...
    Israeli police have used water cannons to disperse protesters in central Jerusalem. At least 55 were arrested as clashes broke out overnight after thousands staged a protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Israelis have held a series of demonstrations in recent weeks calling on Netanyahu to resign, citing his trial on corruption charges and his fractious unity government's poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Israeli police officers arrest a demonstrator during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, early on Friday Protesters hold placards during a demonstration against the Israeli prime minister outside his official residence in Jerusalem Police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Israel's...
    Donald Trump has threatened to send up to 60,000 federal troops on to the streets of America as he branded Portland protesters 'anarchists' and the city's mayor 'pathetic'.  The president warned he will 'go into all of the cities' and singled out Detroit as another city facing 'problems' in an interview with Sean Hannity Thursday night.  'We'll go into all of the cities, any of the cities. We're ready. We'll put in 50,000, 60,000 people that really know what they're doing,' Trump said. 'And they're strong. They're tough and we can solve those problems so fast.' Donald Trump threatened to send up to 60,000 federal troops on to the streets of America as he branded Portland protesters 'anarchists' and...
    PORTLAND Black Lives Matter protesters trained little kids to say "f*** the police" as they held expletive-ridden placards. On Thursday, disturbing footage emerged on Twitter showing demonstrators apparently encouraging toddlers to curse. The little girl holds up a placard with the message 'f*** the police'Credit: Twitter Another little girl holds a sign that says 'eff Trumps goons [sic]'Credit: Twitter "Here they are," a person can be heard saying as two masked little girls holding signs wave for the camera, accompanied by two women. "Show him your signs," one of them told the kids during the Black Lives Matter protest. "Alright, what does it sa –" the man filming said before one of the children interrupts him and exclaims "f*** the...
    The home of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was vandalized on Tuesday, just before she voted 'no' on diverting some law enforcement budget amid protests over police brutality and the worsening coronavirus pandemic. The message 'Wake Up Libby,' was spray-painted on a wall in front of her property in California and on the garage door were phrases including: 'Defund OPD,' 'Drop the charges, 'Cancel rent,' and 'homes for all'. Witnesses say 30 to 40 people dressed in black and wearing masks shot projectiles, set off fireworks and defaced the house around 2am. Images obtained by ABC News also showed 'blood on your hands' graffiti on a sidewalk near the home. There were reportedly other tags that contained expletives.  The home...
    Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty apologized for claiming police are sending 'saboteurs' to infiltrate anti-racism demonstrations to start fires that have lit up the city on many of the 56 consecutive nights of protests.  Hardesty's apology came amid continued civil unrest in Oregon's largest city as protesters clash with both local police and federal agents, who've struggled to quell activists. Just last night, federal agents hit Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler with tear gas after the elected official received an icy reception from protesters. Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty (pictured) apologized Wednesday evening for her claim the Portland police were setting fires around the city Hardesty said that she believed authorities were infiltrating anti-racism demonstrations as 'justification for attacking community members'...
    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said there is widespread misinformation about the entrance of federal law enforcement agents into Portland, Ore., to try to quell night after night of criminal behavior and violent protests. Bongino said on "The Daily Briefing" that the claim agents from the Department of Homeland Security are "unmarked" or are stormtrooper-like is unfounded. He said that, while in the Secret Service, he routinely made arrests either in plainclothes or in the trademark business suit worn by agents. "You probably lost control of your city if you’re Ted Wheeler and you walk out among the protesters you think you’re safe among, and you’re not. You’re shouted down and accosted by the protesters. That should be a general rule, right?" he said. Video"What's happening in Portland, the misinformation,...
    Earlier in the night, Wheeler was mostly jeered as he tried to rally demonstrators who have clashed nightly with federal agents but was briefly applauded when he shouted "Black Lives Matter" and pumped his fist in the air. The mayor has opposed federal agents' presence in Oregon's largest city, but he has faced harsh criticism from many sides, and his presence wasn't welcomed by many who yelled and swore at him. "I want to thank the thousands of you who have come out to oppose the Trump administration's occupation of this city," Wheeler told hundreds of people gathered downtown near the federal courthouse. "The reason this is important is it is not just happening in Portland ... we're on the...
    Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano rips 'unconstitutional' Trump crackdown on Portland: 'Just plain wrong' Fox News's Napolitano calls SCOTUS tax rulings a defeat for Trump Fox's Napolitano to Trump: First Amendment 'does not regulate Twitter' MORE called on the city of Portland to "throw the mayor out," adding federal agents sent to U.S. cities "have every right" to "defend federal property." The perspective comes as Portland experienced unrest for the 56th straight night, with protesters aiming fireworks at the courthouse and Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) at one point getting tear-gassed by federal officers. “Portland is a unique situation and it’s very sad," Napolitano told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday. "In fact, it’s condemnable, because you...
    One person was arrested and an officer was injured after a peaceful protest turned violent at the Azerbaijan Consulate in Brentwood on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The protest, organized by the Armenian National Committee of America, Western Region, started about 2 p.m. with hundreds of Armenian American protesters marching to the consulate near the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Video shows the group chanting “Armenians demand justice” and “Justice for Tavush.” They were protesting against a violence in Tavush, a northern province of Armenia near the border of Azerbaijan. It’s unclear how the violence started, but it appears that the group clashed with a smaller group of counterprotesters at the consulate, according to protesters...
    Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said President Donald Trump ordering the use of federal police officers in Portland, OR, and threatening to do the same in other cities to quell the ongoing protests is “an authoritarian president out of control.” Merkley said, “We have an authoritarian president out of control. He’s long admired the tactics of Putin and Duterte and Erdoğan and other strongmen around the world, and now he has brought their secret police tactics to the streets of our country. ” He continued, “I was thinking at a recent protest that involved a march from Capitol Hill up to the L’Enfant Plaza can across from the White House. People were chanting, which is what democracy looks like,...
    Savannah Rychcik July 22, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump revealed there are “likely” several reasons for the spike in the number of coronavirus infections across the nation, including protests. During his White House coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday, Trump attributed the rise in confirmed coronavirus cases to demonstrations. “Cases started to rise among young Americans shortly after demonstrations, which you know very well about,” Trump said. He added, “Which presumably triggered a broader relaxation of mitigation efforts nationwide.”Watch his comments below: Trump cites demonstrations across the U.S. as a cause for the rise in coronavirus cases pic.twitter.com/qhBq0bTUsx— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) July 22, 2020He listed other possibilities for why the nation is struggling to slow the spread of the coronavirus...
    Much of the analysis of President Donald Trump’s use of federal Department of Homeland Security officers against protesters in Portland, Oregon has discussed Trump’s actions from a legal or constitutional standpoint. But Daniel W. Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University in Massachusetts, contemplates Trump’s possible political motivations in an op-ed published this week in the Washington Post. “The official version is that federal officers from the Department of Homeland Security are protecting federal buildings that have been the focus of Black Lives Matter protests,” Drezner explains. “The more disturbing version is that unidentified U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel are wearing camouflage gear, assaulting protesters and driving around in unmarked vans picking up random people. These actions...
    Nothing says “2020” more than memes that purport to educate people while misstating all the relevant facts.  From claims ranging from how “Hitler Defunded the Police” to pictures alleging “the media is hiding from you” images of Black Lives Matter graffiti on the Lincoln Memorial, there are endless graphics of utter nonsense in all our social media feeds. This one, in particular, is floating around lately, ostensibly in response to the ongoing situation in Portland, Ore. There’s a crazy meme going around right-wing social media trying to blame President Obama (and then-VP Biden) for what’s going on in Portland. In fact, DHS is relying on 40 U.S.C. § 1315—which was enacted in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (signed...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the feds plan to surge FBI and DEA agents to help her city contend with local crime – not not an 'undemocratic' insertion of unidentified Homeland Security agents. Her statement signaled a possible deescalation as critics fume about the Trump administration's use of 'secret' Homeland Security Investigations agents who have taken part in violent clashes with protesters in Portland. Lightfoot, who has publicly clashed with President Trump, vowed there would be no 'Portland-style deployment' in her city Tuesday, just hours before gun violence erupted at a funeral. Fifteen people were wounded on Chicago's South Side in the shooting outside a funeral home Tuesday night. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed there would be no 'Portland-style deployment'...
    The disturbing federal crackdown happening against Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland, Oregon, may seem like an obscure, far-away problem for some Americans right now. But Trevor Noah broke down on Tuesday night why everyone should be worried.  “Portland has now seen more than 50 straight days of Black Lives Matter protests,” the Daily Show host said. “But over the last few days, something new has been happening, with more and more protesters facing off against heavily-armed law enforcement in some very dramatic ways.”  Those “dramatic” face-offs included the one with the woman known as “Naked Athena,” who was able to drive riot cops back wearing nothing but a face mask and a beanie. “Protesting naked? Now that’s bravery,” Noah...
    The St. Louis couple who have gained fame after taking guns onto the front of their St. Louis mansion when Black Lives Matter protesters stormed through a gate onto a private street, tell Newsmax TV they have always played by the rules and were terrified when they saw the mob of people storming by their house. Appearing on "Greg Kelly Reports" on Tuesday, Mark and Patricia McCloskey said they have no intention of entering a diversionary program recommended by Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. "We did nothing wrong," Mark McCloskey told host Greg Kelly. "Were not going to back down. Were not going to do what everybody is expected to do these days." Typically, class E felonies could result in up...
    PORTLAND—“I’m going to do something, that I can tell you. Because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these - Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country,” President Trump said Monday in Washington. “More federal law enforcement, that I can tell you. In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve been there three days and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time. No problem! They grab them — a lot of people in jail.” What’s happening in Portland—where the police had used wildly aggressive “crowd control tactics” against protesters, and reporters and passers-by to discourage...
    "The View" co-hosts argued on Tuesday that President Trump was ushering in fascism and the end of democracy by sending federal forces to intervene in ongoing protests in Portland, Ore. "I'm witnessing fascism in America now," co-host Joy Behar said. "I don't know if people in this country are aware of what's actually going on." "I was talking to one of my cousins the other day, she's not a right-winger, she's not even a Republican — she did not know about what was happening in Portland. People need to pay attention. This is the beginning of the end of democracy. If we reelect this guy, I don't even want to think about what will happen to this country." She later suggested that Trump was following Russian President Vladimir Putin's "plan" for...
    For more than a week, tens of thousands of protesters have flocked to the streets of Khabarovsk, a region in eastern Russia that has become the epicenter of one of the largest mass protests in the country in the last years. In its eponymous capital, which is more than 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow, around 40,000 people -in a city of 600,000 inhabitants- participated in this Saturday’s call with banners reading “Free Sergei Furgal” , according to local media reported. Sergei Furgal, governor of Khabarovsk Krai, was arrested on July 9; The Russian authorities accuse him of having ordered the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago, without specifying a specific number. He is one of the few regional leaders...
    Portland, Oregon — This city remained a flashpoint in nationwide demonstrations for racial justice and against police brutality as the biggest crowd in weeks gathered Monday night, reports CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV. But federal authorities used tear gas for the seventh night in a row as well as flash bangs and other crowd-control munitions against protesters downtown. KOIN reporters witnessed protesters and federal officers face off near SW 3rd Avenue and Main Street and saw authorities use pepper balls and throw tear gas canisters and flash bangs. Portland police said early Tuesday on social media that federal law enforcement personnel in the area were using tear gas and that hundreds of protesters had scattered to surrounding streets, adding that...
    Missouri's attorney general last night raged at the 'political prosecution' of the St Louis couple who are facing charges for brandishing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their home.  Republican Eric Schmitt said Mark and Patricia McCloskey were the victims of a 'rogue prosecutor' who was targeting them for 'exercising their fundamental rights under the Second Amendment'.   The McCloskeys claim they were defending themselves against a trespassing 'mob', but Democratic county prosecutor Kimberly Gardner says the June 28 protests were 'nonviolent' and that 'waving weapons in a threatening manner' at them was illegal.   Schmitt has filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the couple's behavior is 'explicitly protected' by the Constitution and Missouri law.   The McCloskeys...
    Mark and Patricia McCloskey seen pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching in their St. Louis, Missouri, neighborhood on June 28, 2020. Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey were charged by a circuit attorney on Monday with unlawful use of a weapon after they pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in late June. Hours after the charges were filed, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed an amicus brief, asking that the charges be dismissed. Schmitt cited the Castle Doctrine, which allows Missourians to use force against intruders, as a reason why the case though be thrown out.  If convicted, the couple face up to four years in prison and...
    Armed federal agents, some from the Department of Homeland Security, have been patrolling the streets of Portland, Oregon, using military tactics and putting protesters into unmarked vans. Demonstrators have reported being arrested by federal agents without warrant or explanation, as well as being tear-gassed and hit with impact munitions. In response, the city's leadership has demanded the immediate removal of federal officers, and officials have filed a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of using unlawful practices. Protests against police brutality and racism have been taking place in Portland for more than 50 days, and President Donald Trump, who supports federal intervention, has called the demonstrators "anarchists and agitators." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Armed federal agents have...
    ORLANDO (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis put out a call Monday for people who have had COVID-19 to donate blood, as the state topped 5,000 deaths of Florida residents due to the pandemic. “One of the treatments that many physicians around the state believe is very effective is the use of convalescent plasma,” DeSantis said Monday while at the Orlando headquarters of OneBlood, a blood-donation agency. “This is a blood that’s donated from somebody who has cleared the COVID-19 disease,” DeSantis continued. “It has the antibodies, and that is then used on a patient who is sick in the hospital. And what they find is, as well as with some of the other treatments, the earlier you do it...
    Screenshot via Florida ChannelAnother day, another angry heckler at one of Gov. Ron DeSantis' press conferences, this time on Monday at an Orlando OneBlood donation and testing center. DeSantis was speaking to reporters about two minutes into the press event, which was initially planned to be held outside, when protesters began shouting mid-sentence. "Shame on you Ron DeSantis! You're lying to the public!" they hollered, catching DeSantis off guard like the COVID-19 pandemic itself. "Why are you lying about antibody tests? Why are you lying about unemployment?" After his eyes briefly bugged out in surprise, DeSantis watched as officers removed the protesters from the blood bank, before he exclaimed, "And we will not be defunding the police, don't worry about that!...
    Top House Democrats wrote a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security last weekend decrying the use of federal forces during the protests and calling for an investigation. The letter, signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, condemned “the use of federal law enforcement agencies by the Attorney General and the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security to suppress First Amendment protected activities in Washington, D.C., Portland, and other communities across the United States,” according to the Associated Press. The Democrats called for an investigation into the use of federal forces, calling it “a matter of...
    PROTESTERS in Portland are being arrested without probable cause by federal agents acting as a "secret police", activists claim. Here is more about the tense standoff and the unrest in the largest city in Oregon. 12 Moms form a human shield near the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon during another night of protests in the cityCredit: Alamy Live News 12 Protesters form a human shield near the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 18, 2020Credit: Represented by ZUMA Press, Inc. Who are the ‘secret police’ in Portland? Activists and lawmakers say federal agents are arresting people without probable cause in Portland as they protest racism and police brutality. Protester Conner O’Shea told Oregon Public Broadcasting that he saw people...
    One of the NYPD officers who was attacked and injured by protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge last week said he is “devastated” by “what’s happening to the New Yorkers that really need the police.” “I was assaulted by someone who had a brass knuckle-type jewelry, from what I was informed,” Lt. Richard Mack told "Fox & Friends" on Monday. “I was temporarily blinded so I couldn’t really tell. I was assaulted by several individuals on that bridge." AS CITY VIOLENCE SURGES, LIBERAL MAYORS ENGAGE IN SOCIAL MEDIA FEUDS WITH TRUMP OFFICIALS Three days after incurring injuries to his eye during a violent protest, Mack was released from New York-Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center Saturday. VideoOn Wednesday, Mack was part of a group of officers who were...
    "Back The Blue" and "Black Lives Matter" protesters quarreled as the pro-cop group refused to give ground to "domestic terrorists." Conflict arose when anti-police protesters banged pots and chanted profanities as they marched over to a pro-cop group at approximately 3.30pm on Sunday in Civic Central Park in Denver, Colorado. 10 Two woman are seen fighting at the protest clashCredit: KEVIN MOHATT 10 Anti-police protesters held up signs as they marched their way through the pro-cop crowdCredit: KEVIN MOHATT Both groups were rallying in different areas of the park before the anti-cop group loudly made their way to the other demonstration. Anti-police protesters held up signs as they marched their way through the pro-cop crowd - with some signs reading...
    Supporters of the Denver police force clashed with a much larger anti-police protest in the city on Sunday, with marchers left bloodied and brawling in the streets. Randy Corporon, an attorney who organized the 'Back the Blue' pro-police march, said Sunday that Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen asked him to reschedule or move the pro-police rally, expressing concern that police officers would be put in harm's way by the event. 'He was agitated that we're going to get his officers hurt,' Corporon said before the event.  'My response to him was that he should allow his officers to do their job and if people are down there breaking the law, to stop them.  'Because they'll have nothing to fear from us.' ...
    A black man holding an American flag has been filmed telling protesters in Portland 'none of you guys represent Black lives'.  The unidentified demonstrator stood outside the Federal Courthouse on Saturday evening, footage shared on Twitter shows. In the clip he attempts to protect the building from vandals who tore down a fence. Portland has seen nearly two months of nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Late Saturday, demonstrators broke into a building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires, police said. The man tells protesters: 'If you stand for justice come here and stand with me, stand with me because I stand for justice. I’m not here to tear down this f***ing fence, I’m not here to...
    Sunday on MSNBC, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said President Donald Trump using federal agents to remove protesters in Portland, OR is something that would happen in North Korea. Host Alex Witt said, “To the battle in Portland, Oregon where anonymous militarized federal agents have been squaring off with protesters as you watch what is unfolding, what is your opinion and do you think it is an abuse of power?” Meeks said, “My reaction is this the United States of America? This is the same kind of thing that I guess this president wants to go along with his good friends as he says, Vladimir Putin and Russia, something that you would think would take place there, or Kim Jong-un in...
    Andrew O'Hehir July 19, 2020 6:03PM (UTC) Let's have the decency not to pretend we weren't warned about this, shall we? Since virtually the day Donald Trump was elected, if not before that, people like journalist Masha Gessen and historian Timothy Snyder have told us that his presidency would be a sustained assault on democracy, and that America stood at a historical fork in the road, with at least one of the paths leading into darkness. We began to talk about "fascism" and "authoritarianism," and maybe those terms seemed metaphorical or melodramatic, for a while. Do they seem that way now? It didn't feel like the end of democracy, did it? To use Gessen's language, did it feel like...
    Two protesters poured paint on the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower in New York City on Saturday afternoon. During the demonstration, an NYPD officer was injured. Christian activist Bevelyn Beatty from the At The Well Ministries dumped paint over the Black Lives Matter mural on New York's Fifth Avenue. While spilling black paint over the yellow letters, Beatty shouted: "Refund the police," which is a counter argument to the suddenly trendy "defund the police" movement. "Black lives matter, but you want to defund the police for black people. You're lying," Beatty said. "We're not standing for Black Lives Matter! We want our police." BREAKING: Bevelyn Beatty from At The Well Ministries graffitis #BLM...
    Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) called accusations federal police to remove protesters in his city “completely unconstitutional.” Wheeler said, “The president has a complete misunderstanding of cause and effect. What’s happening here is we have dozens if not hundreds of federal troops descending upon our city. What they’re doing is they are sharply escalating the situation. Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism. And it’s not helping the situation at all. They’re not wanted here. We haven’t asked them here. In fact, we want them to leave.” Host Jake Tapper asked, “The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Friday night as did your state attorney general....
    An 18-year-old protester was brutally punched in the face by police, knocking out her front teeth, at a Chicago protest calling for the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue over the weekend.  On Friday at least 1,000 people gathered around a statue in Grant Park where hordes of police clashed with demonstrators deploying pepper spray and beating people with wooden batons in what witnesses described as a 'bloodiest' protest so far. Activist Miracle Boyd, 18, had just finished addressing the crowd protesting at the statue when she says she got into an argument with an officer. When she started to record their altercation the cop allegedly took a swing with his left arm and hit her in the face. 'My...
    Armed anti-mask protesters gathered outside the Ohio statehouse on Saturday for a 'civil disobedience rally' guarded by militia and military veterans.   Ohio does not yet have a statewide mandate on wearing masks but several groups converged Saturday afternoon to push back on the requirements already introduced in several counties.  Hundreds of maskless people crowded together outside the courthouse in Columbus to voice their anger, claiming a requirement for face coverings is an overreach by local officials.  Nearby, Black Lives Matter and civil rights activists held their own protest.   Armed anti-mask protesters gathered in their hundreds outside the Ohio state courthouse in Columbus on Saturday where 'security' was provided by 'military and military veterans'  Militia members arrive during the...
    Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty called on Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to relinquish his control over the Portland Police Department due to continued allegations of police brutality against Black Lives Matter protesters and alleged cooperation with federal agents who have been detaining people under questionable circumstances over the past week. “I’ve had enough,” Hardesty said in a missive directed at the mayor after the 50th night of protests ignited by the Minneapolis Police Killing of George Floyd in late May. “If you can’t control the police, give me the Portland Police Bureau.” “Last evening the best of Portland was on full display,” Hardesty said in a late Saturday statement. “Portlanders came out to exercise our constitutional right to...