Black man attacks white women in Portland laundromat with saw, protesters reportedly try to stop arrest

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A black Portland man was arrested last week after assaulting two white women in a laundromat a large handsaw, an attack that was captured on video.

On the afternoon of July 17, several people called 911 to report a man armed with a large handsaw and carrying a bag assaulting people and breaking out vehicle windshields, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

At one point, the suspect, Shane Vordelmicha Green, 58, marched into a laundromat and straight to a woman doing her wash, swinging the saw at her head. Another woman rushes to help, but the suspect allegedly swings again and both women fall to the ground.

The suspect then exits the laundromat and approaches two bystanders who back off quickly.

The entire scene was captured by surveillance cameras inside and outside the laundromat. (** Graphic content warning)

After police found the suspect, they instructed him several times to drop the saw but, according to KOIN, he refused and said he would force officers to shoot him.

At that, the suspect walked into traffic and began moving toward officers while yelling at them and still holding the saw, according to officers.

After several additional warnings, officers used a non-lethal round on the suspect, forcing him to drop the saw. KOIN reports that police began talking to the suspect to try and calm him, but a number of bystanders began to scream at and taunt them, which agitated the suspect further, the PPB said.

Editor and reporter Any Ngo reported that protesters in the area attempted to stop the arrest.

The PPB said that officers continued to talk to the suspect calmly and listening to him, which eventually led to his being safely taken into custody.

Green has been charged with several felony counts of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree attempted assault, strangulation, menacing, disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, KOIN reported.

The incident is one of the latest acts of violence in a city that has been rocked by protests and destruction for nearly two months.

Demonstrations that began in the wake of the George Floyd incident in May have since morphed into nightly attacks against federal officers deployed to protect the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland.

The attacks against federal agents are a new development. For weeks prior to the Trump administration deploying additional protection officers, Antifa and Black Lives Matter anarchists were in the streets nightly starting fires, painting graffiti, and attacking Portland police facilities, even as local Democratic leaders like Mayor Ted Wheeler deny it is happening.

Democrats in Portland and other elected Oregon leaders have gone further, decrying the Trump administration’s deployment of additional federal agents to protect government property, while also refusing the White House’s offers of assistance to subdue the nightly rioting.

Earlier this week, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and the American Civil Liberties Union both filed lawsuits seeking injunctions against the federal government’s use of agents to make arrests in Portland in relation to alleged property destruction and assaults on officers.

“I share the concerns of our state and local leaders – and our Oregon U.S. Senators and certain Congressional representatives – that the current escalation of fear and violence in downtown Portland is being driven by federal law enforcement tactics that are entirely unnecessary and out of character with the Oregon way. These tactics must stop,” Rosenblum said in a statement.

The pushback by Democrats against federal government involvement in local communities is unprecedented.

During the Obama administration, Attorneys General Eric Holder and successor Loretta Lynch inserted the Justice Department into local police departments on a regular basis, through so-called “consent decrees” and threats of civil rights lawsuits for perceived racial injustices.

“Through court-ordered consent decrees, the Obama administration Justice Department (DOJ) has forced dozens of state and local law enforcement officials to plead guilty rather than fight a Justice Department investigation and civil or criminal complaint as well as accept to run their departments under direction of a court-ordered federal monitor,” Jerome Corsi noted in describing the decrees.

But rather than criticize federal efforts to ‘nationalize policing,’ as some critics claimed, Democrats embraced the effort while ripping the Trump administration, under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for discontinuing the practice.

And now, Democrats want the Obama-era practice of essentially mandating how local police can operate reinstated.

“The Justice Department has initiated a civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But [Attorney General William] Barr has not responded to calls — including from all Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee — for a broader pattern-or-practice investigation, which can produce a court-enforceable reform agreement,” the Washington Post reported in June.

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