Dozens of right-wing Proud Boys and left-wing Antifa members clashed in a chaotic showdown on the streets of Portland, armed with a variety of simple weapons, from bats and shields to paintball guns, maces and fireworks.
According to multiple videos shared by witnesses, a brief gun battle broke out in downtown Portland on Sunday. Some of them showed a middle-aged man wearing a fedora hat hiding behind a trash can and shooting several shots across the street.
From another perspective, it seems that someone fired at the shooter, but it is not clear who fired first. Some reports indicated that the man was a supporter of the Proud Boy and was driven away by Antifa members before firing.
There were no reports of casualties, but several buildings and cars were damaged by artillery fire.
During the shooting, I was trapped in a small room at the door and managed to take out my phone and take a bit of it. No one was hit. Although a car was slightly damaged.Video ID: Several reporters and passersby were hiding between the gunshot cars pic.twitter.com/tRNv0iSJ6v
— Alex Powell (@thatpowellgirl) August 23, 2021
The police quickly detained the gunman who appeared in the video. He apparently did not resist arrest, but it is unclear whether they are looking for other suspects.
The shooting took place on an already chaotic day in Portland. Dozens of people from the opposite camp used various improvised weapons to clash with each other.
according to For Oregonians, at the beginning of the day, a group of about 300 Antifa and another left-wing protester flocked to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park area and forced a hostile camp of about 100 right-wing militants to transfer their activities to one. There are many abandoned Kmart parking lots.
Smoke devices and fireworks launched by a black group of about 50 people arrive at the Proud Boy/Right-wing protest in Portland’s abandoned Kmart pic.twitter.com/XzDscJpTeo
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 22, 2021
However, smaller leftist groups followed them in verbal communication and skirmishes.
The main conflict between Proud Boys and Antifa now takes place on the 122nd in Portland with pepper spray and air guns deployed, and the battle is taking place on the streets pic.twitter.com/z7V584qMuQ
-Zane Spalin (@PDXzane) August 22, 2021
Once, a van rushed into the parking lot.
Proud Boys held a rally in northeastern Portland. According to witnesses at the scene, a white van driven by a “left-wing agitator” rushed into the rally and crashed.According to witnesses, the person was subsequently beaten by a bear and driven out of the parking lot pic.twitter.com/lVX77qfbsB
-Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) August 22, 2021
The so-called “left-wing instigator” was behind the steering wheel, beaten and chased, and his vehicle was overturned by right-wing protesters.
Except for the police who arrested the gunmen and swept the scene, there was no obvious police presence throughout the day.On the eve of the showdown, the Portland police warned that they would not intervene in the conflict, but “Public safety information will be shared with the public via Twitter.”
Portland is a lawless wasteland. Antifa took the bullet shell from the crime scene. The police were spurned and deprived of power by the city. They would not do more because they knew that the Portland-elected Democrats supported criminals, not law and order.pic.twitter.com/uS3TisdktO
-Robbie Starbucks (@robbystarbuck) August 23, 2021
“You shouldn’t expect to see police standing in the middle of a crowd trying to separate people. People should keep their distance and avoid physical confrontation,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell Said on Friday.
Some people clashed in the NE 122nd area south of Sandy Avenue. People are setting off fireworks and spraying chemicals. Those who cross the border and engage in criminal activities will be arrested. Some lanes are regularly affected. pic.twitter.com/UOaCJQVZRM
— PPB event message (@PPBAlerts) August 22, 2021
The police defended their strategy in another press release on Sunday afternoon, acknowledging that they knew something “Violence” with “Property destruction” And ask the public to help identify the victims and perpetrators.
“…Detectives are reviewing the evidence to determine if any criminal activity can be charged,” PPB Said. “Just because no arrests were made at the scene, when the tension is high, it does not mean that people will not be charged with crimes in the future.”
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