After facing a two-year-long smear campaign by far-left activists and their media counterparts, Oregon man Billy Wilson, 33, has had charges dismissed against him for the legally justified actions he took against a crowd of violent Antifa-affiliated thugs on Sept. 10, 2017.
The actions occurred that day at a rally held in the Vancouver suburb of Portland by the pro-free-speech group Patriot Prayer.
“Wilson says he showed up at the Patriot Prayer group’s Vancouver rally Sunday after a friend texted him, saying it was a fundraiser for fire victims in Oregon and Washington. He says his friend told him it was peaceful,” local station KATU reported at the time.
The event would likely have been peaceful had it not been hijacked by activists associated with the veritable terrorist group Antifa. Video footage from the rally shows them not only attacking the rallygoers but also local police officers as well:
Among the victims of their attacks was Wilson.
“[V]ideo captures protesters throwing objects at his car, one man spit at the car,” KATU reported at the time. “Monday, Wilson showed KATU News his truck, including what he says are fresh dents from rocks, sticks, and frozen water bottles being thrown at him and his truck.”
All this reportedly occurred as Wilson had been attempting to leave the rally in his pickup truck and return home.
“I was in fear for my safety. People were throwing bottles, whatever objects they could throw at me, because I am flying my American flag,” he said to the station.
He wound up panicking and hitting his gas.
“I made sure there was nobody in front of me before I gunned it or whatever,” he said. “I [saw] one lady in front of me, I made sure she was out of the way, then I was through there.”
“Nobody got hurt, nobody went to jail, there was no crime committed. I got some very stern words from the officers, and that’s it. There were no laws broken. I was scared, I panicked a little bit.”
Video footage of what occurred may be seen below:
Whoa, dangerous stuff. People throwing stuff at this truck pic.twitter.com/9PJvK31euB
— Mikeford Biziths (@itsmikebivins) September 10, 2017
Protesters found the patriot truck and threw a glass bottle at it before police pulled him over and cuffed him. #Vancouver #antifa pic.twitter.com/K9RloBP8hc
— Mikeford Biziths (@itsmikebivins) September 10, 2017
“A Clark County District Court judge Wednesday dismissed charges against a Portland man who was detained and released by police in September 2017 after driving through a crowd opposing a right-wing group’s rally in downtown Vancouver,” The Oregonian reported Wednesday.
Wilson’s attorney, D. Angus Lee, wasn’t surprised.
He reportedly said that Wilson had “acted as any reasonable, prudent person would.”
“He did nothing wrong,” Lee added. “It was a totally garbage case, and that’s why I believe it was dismissed.”
So why were charges ever filed in the first place, especially since local authorities had reportedly stated at the time that they didn’t have enough evidence to arrest Wilson?
Possibly because of smears by far-left activists working with HuffPost and other groups. Besides falsely portraying Wilson and the members of the Proud Boys as white nationalists and supremacists — one of the leading members of the group, Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, is, in fact, Samoan — they conversely portrayed the violent Antifa thugs as “anti-fascists.”
The activists likewise quoted from alleged witnesses — or “anti-fascists,” as they called them — who’d allegedly seen Wilson try “to run people over.”
Thanks to this sort of activist “journalism,” a myriad of petitions demanding that Wilson be prosecuted appeared all over the Internet.
https://t.co/oBMHpGGDbK Share and sign please @LtlMissFeminist
— Lil Bat (@DokuXD) September 12, 2017
The petition seen above urged signers to contact local prosecutors and officials Tony Golik, Scott Jackson, Camara Banfield, Christopher Horne, and Shari Jensen at their work emails.
While it’s unclear whether these petitions played any role in the matter, The Oregonian notes that the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office “later reviewed the case and pursued charges,” despite being told by local authorities about a lack of evidence.
Dovetailing back to the present, Clark County prosecutor James Smith reportedly attributed the decision to drop the charges against Wilson on a lack of witnesses.
“He wrote in the motion and order for dismissing the case that it was ‘due to the interest of justice and the complaining witness’ desire not to testify,'” The Oregonian confirmed.
This suggests that either these witnesses were scared to testify — which seems unlikely given as Antifa practically runs Portland — or these witnesses had been lying from the get-go.
Breaking: All charges against Billy Wilson have been dismissed. In ‘17, Wilson, who had patriotic decorations on his truck, was attacked w/rocks & bottles by antifa blackblock in Wash. state. He drove away & was charged w/reckless driving & endangerment. He faced 4 years in jail. pic.twitter.com/L5ZDkaShI7
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) September 18, 2019
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