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Left-wing insurrections tried on Wednesday to break into the headquarters of the Portland Police Bureau’s labor union in Portland, Oregon.
Unlike the insurrectionists who targeted the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, however, the insurrectionists in Portland faced no arrests and no use of force.
At 5:15 pm EST (meaning 2:15 pm in Portland), the Portland Police Bureau reported via Twitter that a so-called “protest” had developed and that the participants had “tried to break down the door [of] the Portland Police Association.”
The Portland Police Association is a local police union. At the time of the so-called “protest,” local officers had been meeting for contract negotiations, according to local journalist Andy Ngo.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) February 11, 2021
When the “protest” erupted, the bureau released an arrest warning via Twitter.
“To those participating in the protest, this direction is being given over loudspeaker: stay on the sidewalk, do not try to break into the building or violate any other laws. If you do you’re subject to arrest and/or use of force including less lethal weapons,” the bureau wrote.
Two hours later at 7:21 pm (4:21 pm), the Portland Police Bureau confirmed that the “protesters” had left the area.
Look at the full Twitter thread below:
A protest has developed near North Lombard Street and North Campbell Avenue, where participants have tried to break down the door the Portland Police Association. We are monitoring the situation.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) February 10, 2021
To those participating in the protest, this direction is being given over loudspeaker: stay on the sidewalk, do not try to break into the building or violate any other laws. If you do you’re subject to arrest and/or use of force including less lethal weapons.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) February 10, 2021
All protesters have left the neighborhood. There was some vandalism to the building, but no arrests were made, no force was used, and no one was injured. About 15 officers, 3 sergeants, and 1 lieutenant were pulled from patrol duties to respond to the event.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) February 11, 2021
Note what the Bureau wrote about there being no arrests and no force used, despite its admission that there had been vandalism, as well as an attempt to break into a building where government employees had been trying to meet.
Merriam-Webster defines an “insurrection” as “an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.” It therefore appears, for all intents and purposes, that what transpired in Portland was an insurrection.
It was, in fact, one of many insurrections that have erupted across America ever since Minneapolis criminal suspect George Floyd died while in police custody last year.
The difference is that, unlike the insurrection at the Capitol — which is being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, both legally and in the court of public opinion — the insurrections and riots linked to Floyd have been mostly tolerated.
— zach (@vancampen62) January 8, 2021
Throughout the height of Black Lives Matter riots last summer, media figures routinely ran defense for the veritable insurrectionists, while local district attorneys jumped through hoops to prevent the rioters from facing any form of justice.
Yet immediately after the Capitol riot last month, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris issued statements justifiably condemning the riot but also falsely claiming that the rioters would’ve been treated differently had they been BLM rioters. In response, the New York Post’s whole editorial board penned a rebuttal.
“Across the country, BLM and Antifa were coddled. Portland allowed them to set up an autonomous zone in the middle of the city for months, and police and politicians did nothing. In liberal cities, politicians told cops to back off and pushed for more lawbreakers to be released without bail or no charges,” they wrote.
“The thugs who attacked the Capitol were met with officers fighting back at barricades and tear gas. Guns were drawn and, in one case, deadly force was used. The rioters were able to get the run of the Capitol because cops were vastly outnumbered. Officials are already resigning or being fired because of that failure.”
In conclusion, they added, “This was a horrible insurrection and should be condemned. But Mr. Biden, don’t hypocritically try to rewrite the story of last summer’s riots to suggest that liberals weren’t permissive or that there’s some sort of double standard or racism at work here. We all saw what happened then, we all see what happened now.”
And what’s STILL happening now, including in Portland, where a veritable insurrection was allowed to occur without any arrests, any justice and any media attention.
As of Thursday afternoon, not a single mainstream outlet save for Fox News had written a word — just a single word — about this insurrection.
Wednesday didn’t mark the first time the Portland Police Association building was targeted by left-wing insurrectionists:
PORTLAND: more arson at the police association building by #ANTIFA
According to Jerry Nadler, this fire does not exist, it’s just a myth
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) August 9, 2020
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