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**Editor’s Note: This man has since been identified as Chandler Pappas.
An unidentified man who says he belongs to the conservative Patriot Prayer organization discussed the murder of a fellow member he was with in Portland on Saturday in a viral video posted online.
The man, standing in front of a ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag and wearing a cap denoting the Christian-themed organization, said he was with the man who was gunned down in the street, and that he was shot because of his beliefs.
“They executed my partner” pic.twitter.com/dGzpoUcvQH
— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) August 31, 2020
“It escalated to the point that they executed my partner,” the man says. “They hunted him down, they hunted us down, they recognized our Patriot Prayer hats.
“For anybody who doesn’t know, Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson,” he continued, referencing the founder and leader of the organization who has staged many counter-demonstrations in Portland against Left-wing anarchists associated with Antifa and Black Lives Matter over the past three years.
“He’s a good man, we support him. He’s a Christian, conservative,” the man said of Gibson, also describing him as a “citizen advocate.”
He then continued describing the shooting incident.
“So they identified our hats. ‘We got a couple of ‘em right here. We got a couple of ‘em right here. Pull it out. Pull it out,’” the man said, suggesting that someone following them take out a weapon.
“We turned around — it didn’t even register that somebody was pointing a gun at us ’til the shots went off and he took off running,” he went on, adding that it took a few seconds for him to “process” what had just happened.
A crowdfunding campaign identifies the deceased man as Aaron Danielson.
“Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson was a Portland citizen who went downtown to excercise [sic] his constitutional rights during the unrest and was shot and killed on the evening of Saturday August 29th,” the GoFundMe page says.
“Jay’s dead because he believed something different,” the man said, referring to his gunned-down friend by an alias also used by Gibson in a Facebook post.
He’s “not a racist, he’s not a xenophobe or whatever label, he’s not an ‘ist’ or an ‘ism.’ He’s an independent man,” the unidentified man continues. “He’s a good man. And he didn’t do anything to earn a bullet in the chest.”
Portland police have identified Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, as someone who may have been involved in Danielson’s murder. In a separate report, The Oregonian said he had previously been accused of carrying a loaded firearm at an earlier protest in the downtown area.
Reinoehl is a regular at the protests in support of BLM and Antifa.
The person interviewing the unidentified man asked him what request he would make to President Donald Trump regarding Portland if he had the chance.
“Send troops,” the man being interviewed said. “Send troops.
“Portland is as corrupt as any place you’ve ever seen, any place you’ve ever heard about in the movies,” the man continues, noting that a friend sitting nearby has felony rioting charges against him from two years ago, allegedly just for “waving the flag.”
For his part, the president blasted “incompetent” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler after the incident and called for bringing in National Guard troops.
Meanwhile, the unidentified man notes further, “actual rioters” are being released by the Leftist Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who announced earlier this month he would not prosecute the vast majority of people arrested during riots.
The unidentified man recounted a story about visiting a Homeland Security officer in a local hospital who had “caught a mortar round” — a high-explosive firework — in his chest.
The round burned through the officer’s clothing and left him with third-degree burns, the man said.
“Those people are being let go while Christians and conservatives” are being charged, the man noted.
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