After months of violent rioting that has caused numerous injuries to police officers and citizens and cost the city of Portland millions of dollars in damages, Portland Police finally took the gloves off, striking first. Monday night, the police declared a planned march to a police administration building “unlawful,” moving through the would-be rioters’ base camp, and confiscating riot tools, before they marched on the building.
Oregon Lives reported that the new proactive technique took the Marxist protest movement by surprise and left demonstrators dazed, angry, and confused, as many of their black-clad “Antifa” marchers ended up in police custody.
The Daily Wire noted that after the Department of Homeland Security withdrew federal law enforcement officers deployed to Portland to protect the federal courthouse, “protests moved to Portland’s residential neighborhoods, and Portland’s police department has been struggling to contain the unrest, often waiting until a demonstration becomes destructive before beginning the process of clearing streets and detaining individual marchers.”
Now, however, the police aren’t waiting for the rioters to start burning buildings.
“Several dozen Portland police moved on protesters gathering in a North Portland park Monday night even before the group started marching,” Oregon Live reported Tuesday. “The armored officers swept through the park, confiscating homemade shields and other articles…Police also deployed pepper spray.”
The Daily Wire noted that:
The raid delayed the march and splintered it into smaller, more manageable factions. When demonstrators eventually regrouped, police immediately declared sidewalks and public roads off-limits. Eventually, Portland police declared the march an “unlawful assembly” and began arresting those suspected of inciting violence.
“Twenty-four people were ultimately arrested. The vast majority are accused of interfering with a peace officer, disorderly conduct, or both charges,” Oregon Live added.
Oregon Live reported that Portland police expect that all the arrested individuals will be back on the street shortly since the Democrat Portland District Attorney will not prosecute protesters for crimes like “interfering with a peace officer” or “disorderly conduct.”
Still, for the first time in several weeks, noted The Daily Wire, “protesters were unable to set the police administration building on fire.”