State recommends charging Antifa-friendly bar for allowing patrons to violently attack conservatives
Screen capture … Antifa member pepper sprays conservatives during the May 1 Cider Riot melee … Credit: Andy Ngo

A progressive, “anti-fascist” owner of a Portland, Oregon bar allowed his Antifa patrons to use illegal weapons against conservative demonstrators during a May Day brawl, according to an investigation by state regulators.

“Cider Riot” bar owner Abram Goldman-Armstrong and a security guard who was working for him that day also refused to remove unruly customers from the property and provided misleading statements to authorities during the investigation according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) report obtained by The Oregonian.

The investigation’s findings conflict with those reached by local law enforcement officials who charged six men affiliated with Patriot Prayer, including founder Joey Gibson, with felony riot charges after the Cider Riot melee. Gibson faces a $1-million lawsuit from Goldman-Armstrong.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported:

A number of anti-fascist, or antifa, activists were holding a celebration at Cider Riot on May 1 when police and prosecutors say Gibson and several associates took multiple steps to incite a brutal brawl outside the Northeast Couch establishment.

chaotic scene erupted, with shouting, swearing, fighting, drink-throwing, rock-throwing and people using pepper spray or mace on others. Multiple people were injured.

Much of the clash was captured on video, which investigators reviewed alongside interviews with Goldman-Armstrong, the security guard and other staff, to form the basis of its findings.

State investigators interviewed Goldman-Armstrong, the security guard, other staff, and Gibson, as well as journalists Andy Ngo and Noah Bucci who were on the scene. Ngo and Bucci “have publicly defended Patriot Prayer and other right-wing groups and criticized anti-fascist activists” according to the Oregonian.

The brawl lasted more than half an hour according to the state report and Goldman-Armstrong photographed customers using “illegal weapons” as multiple people were getting injured.

“Goldman-Armstrong stated that his patrons were only acting in self-defense but clearly, according to the video, he was present and watching as patrons displayed aggressive behavior,” wrote state inspector Genny Welp.

State rules require unruly customers to be removed from establishments that serve alcohol, but the Cider Riot owner made no attempts to do so. He finally called for an employee to call police a half hour after the fights started.

According to the Oregonian, “The report recommends Cider Riot’s owner and staff to be charged with providing false statements, failure to evict and permitting unlawful and disorderly activity, all state alcohol license violations. A charge of destroyed or concealed evidence also appears in the report, but the details of that allegation are redacted.”

Multiple videos posted to social media documented the action …

This confrontation is reported to involve the Cider Riot security guard wearing the mask …

Ngo tweeted several updates after the story about the OLCC report was published …


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