Saturday, November 20, 2021

Oregon, My Oregon

Jazz Shaw, Haut Hair, It didn't take long for the Rittenhouse riots to start... far away

When we first learned that Governor Evers had moved units of the Wisconsin National Guard to the outskirts of Kenosha ahead of the Rittenhouse verdict, I asked one disturbing question. The entire Rittenhouse affair had begun because of a riot. In the event that the defendant was acquitted, would it end with riots as well? Well, the acquittal happened and, at least thus far, things have remained mostly peaceful on the streets of Kenosha, aside from a few people screaming “F— America” and collapsing on the courthouse steps.

But that doesn’t mean there weren’t riots and violence. There were, only they weren’t taking place in Kenosha. We saw a few protests spur some minor damage in several cities, including New York, where there were five arrests made in Queens. But the first actual riots I saw declared broke out all the way over on the west coast in Portland, Oregon. Of course, as anyone who has been following the news for the past few years already knows, rioting is something of a way of life in what’s left of that city. (Associated Press)
Portland police Friday night declared as a riot a demonstration downtown against the acquittal of a teen who killed two people and injured another during a protest in Wisconsin.

The protest of about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters started breaking windows, throwing objects at police and talked about burning down the Justice Center, KOIN TV reported.

The protesters gathered following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The timeline of the riot unfolded pretty quickly according to the Portland Police. By approximately 8:50 last night at least 200 protesters had gathered and begun blocking off the streets. By 9:00 there were windows being broken and some other rioters told reporters they were threatening to burn down the Justice Center. Shortly after that, there were rocks and bricks being hurled at police officers. It was quickly declared to be a riot by officials.

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