So-called anti-fascist rioters hit a new low in Portland, Oregon this month when they launched balloons filled with feces, urine and an unknown chemical at police officers attempting to keep the peace.
In response to a list of questions posed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman revealed Friday that when his officers attempted to round the rowdy throng of protesters out of the public parks during a June 4 demonstrations, the rioters used slingshots to hurl the balloons, according to Willamette Week.
Marshman also said that much of the smoke screens depicted in photographs of the clash wasn’t caused by officers but rather the rioters themselves.
He said that the far-left Antifa protesters “may have been using ‘gopher gassers,’ small rodent poison gas devices.
Willamette Week reported:
Wheeler’s questions followed criticism from protesters and the American Civil Liberties Union that the Portland police use of crowd-control weapons was out of proportion to the behavior of a handful of antifa protesters. (The “alt-right” protesters whose rally agitated both antifa and City Hall were hugely outnumbered, and they mostly contented themselves with taunting political enemies from behind police lines.)
“We are troubled by the continued crackdown on protest by Portland Police and cooperating agencies, but the kettling of individuals and refusal to let clearly innocent people free until they had been documented was another low for our city,” Mat dos Santos, ACLU Legal Director said in a statement.
9. We continue to be troubled by the ongoing crackdown on protest by Portland Police and cooperating agencies.
— ACLU of Oregon (@ACLU_OR) June 7, 2017
“Innocent people”? In addition to launching the urine/feces balloons, the protesters reportedly hurled bricks, lit firecrackers and bloody tampons at officers, while chanting “All cops are bastards!”
Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the goal was keeping the Antifa and alt-right apart during the demonstrations.
“I’ve seen the narrative: ‘Police are protecting Nazis,'” Simpson said. “That’s baloney. The Constitution allows people to say really nasty things about each other, and to each other. Our job is to keep everybody separate and everybody safe. Everybody gets to go home.”
Officially, “Antifa” is short for anti-fascist. It could just as easily — and more accurately — stand for anti-First Amendment given their objections to freedom of speech.
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