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Black Lives Matter protesters march through Portland, Ore. after rallying at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. Following an agreement between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration to reduce federal officers in the city, nightly protests remained largely peaceful without major confrontations between demonstrators and officers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

 

The video out of Portland tonight is almost comical.  Rather than dutifully march down the street and “persuade through movement” the rioters to give ground and disperse, Portland PD tonight performed a full-on charge in order to get Antifa/BLM rioters running away from the scene.

Make sure you have the volume up on these videos.  Language in some of the Twitter messages is NSFW/raw.

I’m sure Mayor Ted Wheeler will get an angry letter about this one.

A lot of arrests being made on a street where there are homes on both sides.  As I noted last night, some of the neighborhood residents are making their views known with their actions in opposing the rioters.

But it is also true that may of the residents in the neighborhoods are afraid of what is happening in the streets around their homes.  This is what some in the neighborhood feel about what has descended upon them:

Portland PD Runs Antifa Right Off The Streets of Portland -- Literally

It is hard to make a definitive judgment just from the videos, but the level of kinetic force being applied by the Portland PD and Oregon State Police seems to be escalating bit by bit.  Whether that is deliberate is hard to know.

It could be a tactic intended to “persuade” some number of protesters to quit before they personally suffer an injury or arrest.

If could also be a reflection of law enforcement frustration at facing the same problems night after night.  It’s entirely likely that the feeling of frustration is compounding on an earlier sense of impotence when the political leadership of Portland was happy to stand back and allow the protesters to attack the symbols of their political opposition — the federal courthouse and federal law enforcement agents.

Not all those federal agents defending the federal courthouse each night were out-of-town BORTAC members from Customs and Border Patrol.  Dozens or more of the federal agents protecting the federal courthouse in Portland are residents of the community and they have regular contact with state and local counterparts on projects where they work together.

The US Marshal operates a fugitive apprehension task force in every judicial district which is comprised of federal, state, and local officers who work to apprehend the most dangerous fugitives in the area who have either state or federal outstanding warrants.

The Marshals are members of DOJ’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, which are heavily staffed by the more numerous state and local agents/officers.  What OCDETF means to state and local officers is better equipment and overtime pay which their state/local agencies may not be able to afford on their own.

So, I’m 100% certain the “rank and file” officers of the Portland PD and Oregon State Police were not happy being told by their political leadership to leave the federal agents to fend for themselves.

Reap what you sow Antifa/BLM.  The locals saw all that you did, and now that the politicians are unwilling to provide cover to the rioters, it’s pretty much “open season.”