Portland police clash with rioters after officer-involved shooting, reveal suspect was ‘white male’ to quell the storm

Portland Police were quick to release the racial identity of a white male suspect who was killed during a shootout outside a motel on Thursday night. Violent protesters reportedly surrounded investigating officers and threw projectiles while believing the suspect was a person of color.

Portland Police officers and paramedics were called to a motel in the 500 block of Northeast Holladay Street to check on a white male dressed in all-black clothing, according to a department press release.

When officers and paramedics arrived to check on the man, a shootout allegedly erupted and the still-unidentified suspect was wounded. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Reports of an unarmed “brown person” being shot by police showed up on social media: (** Language warning)

After the shooting, an angry mob, who – based on several Twitter reports – believed the victim was black or a person of color, converged on the crime scene and taunted investigators with shouting and hurling objects at police.

Independent reporter Andy Ngo captured footage of the intense scene:

Meanwhile, the officer who fired the fatal shots has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The officer’s name has not been released.

Portland Police appeared to try and stop the misinformation and quell escalating tension by confirming that the suspect was white:

This was the second officer-involved shooting in the last three months involving a Portland police officer. In April, Officer Zachary DeLong fatally shot Robert Delgado during an encounter after they claimed Delgado was armed. That incident remains under investigation.

Portland and other Democratically-led cities have been the epicenter of riots since the highly publicized death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis Police custody in May 2020.

Two weeks ago, all 50 officers assigned to the Portland Police Department’s rapid response team resigned after Officer Corey Budworth, who was a member of the team, was indicted for assaulting a photographer during last summer’s rioting.

Portland Police Association executive director Daryl Turner said in a Fox News interview on Sunday that city leaders are doing little to nothing to curb the riots, and he doesn’t feel the city supports police.

“Our rapid response team, along with others from the police bureau, came out every night [and] stood the line with … Molotov cocktails, urine, feces, rocks, bottles, everything else thrown at them,” Turner said, referring to the clashes police had with Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters last summer.

Turner added calls for defunding the police have left the department less prepared and understaffed to protect the city.

“The residents and the business owners of the city of Portland have a hopeless feeling right now with what’s gone on,” he said.

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