Rioters in Portland, Oregon, have been causing causes throughout the state and as of Tuesday night, the anarchist took to marching through peaceful neighborhoods.
Rioters Wreak Havoc
The rioters declared they would burn down police precincts in “every city” as Portland has seen nonstop violence for over two months.
Videos posted to social media show the rioters chanting “Every city, every town. Burn the precincts to the ground.”
Antifa in Portland: "Every city, every town. Burn the precincts to the ground." pic.twitter.com/Sof0D4puLb
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 5, 2020
Rioters could be seen setting cardboard on fire and placing it up against buildings in an attempt to burn down the buildings.
“Some people put flaming cardboard up against the building,” News reported Hannah Ray Lambert tweeted. “Then the person in the flag cape started putting it out. Some people yelled that they were a cop.”
Pushing people to Lombard and Denver. Also, that may not have been tear gas because none of the officers i see are wearing gas masks. pic.twitter.com/QJxP32dkxS
— Hannah Ray Lambert (@TheHannahRay) August 5, 2020
“Some people in the crowd on N. Lombard St. and N. Campbell Ave are involved in criminal activity. It appears these people are trying to break into the Portland Police Association office,” the Portland Police Department said in a statement. “To those attempting to break into and/or damage the Portland Police Association building: Stop now or you may be cited, arrested, or subject to use of force. If you are at this location to peacefully protest, know this criminal behavior is occurring and leave the area now.”
Police Attempt to Regin Order
At first, Portland Police labeled the march an “unlawful assembly” and told the people to “disperse immediately” before eventually declaring the situation a riot.
“A riot has been declared at N Lombard St and N Campbell Ave,” the department continued. “You are ordered to disperse to the south immediately. Failure to comply with this order may subject you to citation or arrest, and may subject you to the use of crowd control agents and/or impact weapons.”
The Media Refuses to Report Truth
The media has been purposely not reporting on the extreme riot violence and even spinning the narrative about what is actually happening.
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, who has been the chief federal law enforcement official in Oregon for five years, called out the media over its bias.
“These aren’t late-night demonstrations. This is criminal activity,” Williams responded. “There’s a difference. What you have failed, and the media have failed to distinguish, between – you seem unwilling to call people engaged in criminal conduct, as criminals, as opposed to lawful protesting.”
“This is unlawful,” Williams continued. “And people, whether you’re an opportunist, an antagonist, an agitator, or an anarchist, call it out for what it is.”
“You’re choosing terms that sort of downplaying the criminal activity, and what I’m suggesting is if there is an honest accounting of what this is, that helps build the reality check for how this can stop,” Williams later added. “That’s my point.”
Is Law and Order Possible?
As rioters wreak havoc and across the country, the answer for how to restore law and order seems to get more complicated every day.