Police return gunfire amid looting in downtown Chicago Reply

“Chicago is my kind of town.” –Frank Sinatra

By Alta Spells and Hollie Silverman

CNN

Someone fired shots at police in downtown Chicago on Monday morning, and the officers returned fire, police spokesman Tom Ahem said in a post on Twitter.

A heavy police presence had been visible on Michigan Avenue downtown, where large groups gathered and vandalized retail businesses overnight.

Bus and train service in and around downtown Chicago was suspended at police request, according to updates from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

CNN crews near the area reported seeing a large number of police cars in the retail district. Video taken outside of Saks Fifth Avenue showed armed police officers standing near the entry door in which the glass had been broken out with the security gate inside partially up.

Another video showed a large crowd gathered outside of the Coach store. Windows in the store were shattered. In a separate video, someone could be seen tossing a projectile at the window of a jewelry store on Michigan Avenue.

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‘You can’t control people’s anger’: Portland protesters set fire to police union headquarters as tensions rise again Reply

Gotta give those Portlanders credit. Keep up the good work.

By Katie Shepherd

Washington Post

PORTLAND, Ore. — Robert Dorris leaned against the door frame of his ground-floor apartment in Portland, Ore., on the same block as the police union’s headquarters, and watched silently as a crowd of black-clad protesters set fire to plywood in the street.

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The Ten Core Demographics Revisited Ten Years Later Reply

Ten years ago, I identified what I considered to be the “ten core demographics” that proponents of the ideas we discuss here at ATS will have to reach in order to eventually find the Holy Grail. The original piece is available here. It is interesting to evaluate the status of each of these ten demographics (which are really collections of sub-demographics) a decade later in light of the current uprising. Here is where things seem to stand. The parts in italics are from the original piece.

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Will ‘Law and Order’ Win Trump Reelection? Reply

This interview contains my general take on the great lumpenproletarian cultural revolution of 2020 from a Howard Cosell perspective.

When the Chickens Came Home to Roost In Portlandistan Reply

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Exile in Happy Valley

Well folks, it’s official, Donald Trump has declared war on America. Probably should have saw that coming. After all, I’ve long argued that our dayglow duce isn’t an isolationist but merely the world’s shittiest imperialist. After trying and failing miserably to bring fascism to Nicaragua and Venezuela, Trump has set his sites on targets much more suited to his America First brand of colonialism. The one war our asshole in chief has managed to wage successfully after all has been the federal government’s war on undocumented brown children. He may have failed to give Israel Iran but he succeeded swimmingly at giving ICE Aztlan, setting up a veritable gulag archipelago of Chuckie Cheese concentration camps on the Rio Grande that would make Woodrow Wilson wet with envy. Now he’s sicking those same feds on America’s more belligerent third world neighborhoods, turning Seattle and Detroit into Managua and Caracas in a sad and evil attempt to fellate his flaccid poll numbers by publicly thrashing black people and their allies for demanding an end to police state apartheid.

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Portland protests peaceful after federal officers scale back presence Reply

By Alicia Victoria Lozano and Maura Barrett and David Douglas

The Associated Press

Thousands of peaceful protesters marched in the streets of downtown Portland this week, much as they have for the last 60 days, marching, chanting familiar slogans like “Black lives matter” and “defend Black lives.”Conspicuously missing from the demonstrations were dozens of federal officers who used tear gas and non-lethal munitions against protesters gathered outside the U.S. courthouse since early July.

Tensions have largely calmed since Wednesday’s announcement that federal agents would take a step back from policing the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse — a deal that Oregon officials hoped would ease friction between law enforcement officers and protesters who vowed to continue demonstrating until the agents left.

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An 8-year-old was fatally shot in Atlanta near Wendy’s restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed, police say Reply

There has been a number of incidents of this kind from different sides. A black Trump supporter was murdered. Someone was shot for saying “all lives matter.” A libertarian pro-BLM protestor was shot and killed in Dallas. Protestors have been attacked by people trying to run them down in cars. Protestors have also attacked motorists seemingly at random. A range of other comparable incidents. Just as it only took the spark of George Floyd’s murder to spark massive civil unrest, it would only take the spark of an incident like this to ignite a political/racial/tribal civil war. That’s exactly how it started in the former Yugoslavia, which, along with the Lebanese civil war of the 70s/80s, would be the model for a civil war of the kind that would occur in the US today. It would not be North vs South like it was last time. Nor would it be Red vs Blue states or even urban vs rural. It would neighbor vs neighbor, family vs family, distant cousin vs distant cousin, city vs city block, random individual vs random individual, feral gang of bandits vs feral gang of bandits, etc. In other words, the worst possible thing that could happen to any civilization. Think smart, folks.

By Jessica Flores

USA Today

Gunfire broke out on Fourth of July weekend in Atlanta, injuring over 20 people and killing three, including an 8-year-old girl, police said.

An investigation is underway after the 8-year-old was fatally shot Saturday night across the street from the Wendy’s restaurant where a former police officer killed Rayshard Brooks, officials said.

Secoriea Turner was riding in a car with her mother and an adult friend on I-75/85 when they exited onto University Avenue, police spokesman Sergeant John Chafee told USA TODAY. As the driver tried to enter a parking lot at 1238 Pryor Road, a group of armed individuals blocked the entrance, Chafee said.

Someone from the group began shooting at the car multiple times, striking the 8-year-old, police said. The girl was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where she died from her injuries.

There have been ongoing protests near the Wendy’s restaurant in the aftermath of the death of Brooks and George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

“Enough is enough,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a Sunday news conference.

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Trump badly miscalculated in Portland – and even he knows it 2

Trump clearly has no understanding of fourth-generation warfare theory, guerrilla warfare theory, or counterinsurgency theory. A basic rule of fourth-generation warfare is that you never let your opponents gain the perceived moral upper hand. Having black-suited stormtroopers shooting at middle-aged women, journalists, old men, and military veterans is always a no-no. This is a mistake the Israelis have consistently made, and has had as much effect as anything in turning much of world opinion against Israel.  A standard tactic of guerilla insurgents is to take actions that will provoke repression, triggering state overreach, which in turn will turn popular opinion against the authorities. Responding to incidents of vandalism and graffiti as though a Shining Path-like insurgency is taking place is stupid beyond belief. Trump essentially handed his Antifa antagonists a gift.

A major principle of counterinsurgency is that you have to weaken the insurgents by separating them from their popular support, and this separation has to be achieved on the moral level as much as on the physical level. “The people” have to come to see the insurgents as the bad guys, terrorists, criminals, etc. and the counterinsurgents as the good guys who are helping them. Counterinsurgency efforts that seek to remove an insurgent’s popular base through direct attacks on the popular base almost always fail, even if they inflict considerable bloodshed in the process.

The second paragraph of the article below also illustrates an important point about the Trump presidency. Glenn Greenwald pointed out a while back that Trump is too lazy to be a “fascist” and is hardly the calculating strong man his strongest critics make him out to be. He is simply a professional entertainer who responds to whatever gets applause from the audience, and his act is all improvisation. Therefore, when he is confronted with a real crisis or a situation where he has to make an important strategic decision, he has no clue what to do, so he either does nothing or overplays his hand hoping for maximum effect.

Cas Mudde

The Guardian

Opponents of Donald Trump often describe him as a “political genius” who has a cunning understanding of the anxieties and fears of American society, and is able to create and use crises to his favor. The current standoff in Portland shows, yet again, that this is not the case. While his alleged fight against antifa will satisfy some of his far-right supporters, it increasingly risks further alienating the so-called “moderate” Republicans – which seems mostly used to describe better-off pocketbook Republican voters – who are already feeling uneasy over his Covid-19 handling and the economic fallout of the pandemic.

An almost ignored aspect of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is that Trump failed to use it to push through his authoritarian agenda by increasing executive powers, weakening the powers of other institutions, like Congress, and marginalizing dissent, for instance by banning demonstrations. Almost all other countries implemented a more repressive approach to Covid-19, including those governed by progressive parties (like Spain), while most far-right governments used it to push through draconian repressive measures (such as Hungary and India).

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A ‘Wall of Vets’ joined the ranks of the Portland protesters Reply

James Clark

Task and Purpose

A group of military veterans have bolstered the ranks of protesters in Portland, Oregon by creating a “Wall of Vets.”

The demonstrators told New York Times’ Mike Baker that they were there to ensure federal law enforcement officers didn’t infringe on the rights of other protesters.

“Our veterans are here specifically to support the rights of the protesters to protest,” Duston Obermeyer, a Marine Corps veteran, said in one of more than a dozen videos that Baker posted to Twitter on Saturday.

Protesters in Portland previously banded together to create a Wall of Moms and a Wall of Dads, respectively, to stand between federal law enforcement agents and fellow demonstrators.

The Wall of Vets, which formed near the city’s federal courthouse, comes just a week after a video showing Navy veteran Christopher James David went viral.

In the video, David can be seen casually shrugging off baton blows and pepper spray before walking away and flipping federal agents off.

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Federal agents, officers head to Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee as Operation Legend expands Reply

By Kristine Phillips

USA Today

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department plans to send nearly 100 federal agents and officers to Detroit, Cleveland, Ohio, and Milwaukee in an expansion of Operation Legend, a federal crime initiative that began earlier this month.

The department will send 42 agents to Detroit and more than 25 each to Cleveland and Milwaukee – cities that officials said have seen rising violent crime rates. The federal officers, drawn from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies, will help local and state officials in criminal investigations, the Justice Department has said.

The announcement comes as state and local officials, drawing from the unrest in Portland, Oregon, are increasingly skeptical and apprehensive of a surge of federal law enforcement resources to their cities. Several big-city mayors have decried the aggressive use of federal forces in Portland and have expressed reservations about the deployments of agents to their cities.

Attorney General William Barr has defended the expansion of Operation Legend, saying it’s targeting cities struggling with violent crime, and the deployments are different from the surge of officers in Portland, where federal agents have clashed with protesters.

“The most basic responsibility of government is to protect the safety of our citizens,” Barr said in a statement. “The Department of Justice’s assets will supplement local law enforcement efforts, as we work together to take the shooters and chronic violent criminals off of our streets.”

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Research Says Violent Cops Cause Violent Protests Reply

There have been plenty of full-on police riots during the past couple of months.

By Matt Baume

Portland Mercury

You will be shocked, simply SHOCKED, to learn that after decades of researching effective methods for police response to large crowd actions, researchers have found — and you’re never going to believe this — that when cops show up in military gear and get aggressive, they actually make protest violence worse!

That’s one of the findings in “New Directions in Protest Policing,” a 2015 paper that reviews decades upon decades of police history and the conclusions of multiple separate commissions. Police that dress like they’re going to war, who try to control First Amendment expression rather than facilitate it, and who act in arbitrary ways can inflame violence and jeopardize their own safety and that of the public.

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Federal officers will begin withdrawing from Portland, Gov. Brown says Reply

By Amanda Butt

KATU

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday morning that the federal government has agreed to a phased withdrawal of officers from the federal courthouse in Portland.

The federal officers have been stationed at the courthouse for weeks and their presence has resulted in serious injuries to demonstrators and lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s administration, the Federal Protective Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

“These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community. Beginning Thursday, all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland,” Brown said in a statement.

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Police Say Instigator Of Minneapolis Violence Was White Supremacist Reply

This story could be true, but either way, this guy could be the Marinus van der Lubbe of 2020. In the future, look for anyone who opposes the system to be attacked as a “white supremacist,” “far-right,” etc, including ultra-leftists, anarchists, communists, Greens, minorities, antiwar activists, etc.

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A ‘Wall of Vets’ joined the ranks of the Portland protesters Reply

As an anti-imperialist anarchist, my take on American soldiers has always been that any standing army is essentially an organized crime cartel, but that most criminals are essentially revolutionaries with a lack of direction. This is the reason that so many of our countries most fearless and effective revolutionaries picked up their skills in prison or on the battlefield. It should never be forgotten that it was insurrection among the ranks that brought the war in Vietnam to a screeching halt. Portland’s Wall of Vets are a part of that proud tradition and this anti-American heretic solutes them for their service.” -Nicky Reid

By James Clark

Task and Purpose

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She was shot in the head by Trump’s stormtroopers in Portland, Oregon, this past weekend. She was a member of the “Wall of Moms.”

By Kristen Jessie-Uyanik

I want to preface this difficult post by saying that Black Lives Matter and that should remain at the center of every conversation right now about police brutality and the Feds involvement in Portland, OR.

I have attended several non-violent protests around Portland in support of BLM since late May. Last Sunday and again on Tuesday, I joined the Wall of Moms as they stood together in defense and support of protesters on the front line.

As a 41-year-old white woman with immense privilege and mother of 3 young children, I was inspired to use not only my voice, but also my body, to defend our First Amendment right to protest and send a clear message that Black lives are worth fighting for.

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Cities in Bind as Turmoil Spreads Far Beyond Portland Reply

By Mike Baker, Thomas Fuller and Shane Goldmacher

New York Times

SEATTLE — A series of strident new protests over police misconduct rattled cities across the country over the weekend, creating a new dilemma for state and local leaders who had succeeded in easing some of the turbulence in their streets until a showdown over the use of federal agents in Oregon stirred fresh outrage.

With some demonstrators embracing destructive protest methods and police often using aggressive tactics to subdue both them and others who are demonstrating peacefully, the scenes on Saturday night in places like Seattle, Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles recalled the volatile early days of the protests after the death of George Floyd at the end of May.

The latest catalyst was the deployment of federal law enforcement agents in Portland, Ore., whose militarized efforts to subdue protests around the federal courthouse have sparked mass demonstrations and nightly clashes there. They have also inspired new protests of solidarity in other cities, where people have expressed deep concern about the federal government exercising such extensive authority in a city that has made it clear it opposes the presence of federal agents.

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Oakland protesters set fire to courthouse, smash windows Reply

Nice work.

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A protest through the streets of downtown Oakland, California, in support of racial justice and police reform turned violent when a small group of demonstrators wearing helmets and goggles and carrying large signs that doubled as shields set fire to a courthouse, vandalized a police station and shot fireworks at officers, authorities said.

About 700 demonstrators participated in what started as a peaceful march Saturday night but then some broke from the larger group and smashed windows, spray-painted graffiti and pointed lasers at officers, said Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland Police Department spokesperson.

Several fires were set in the downtown area, including one at the Alameda County Superior Courthouse that was quickly contained. Demonstrators hurled rocks, ceramic paint-filled balls and frozen water bottles through windows at the courthouse, federal building and police building in a raucous night that was unlike peaceful marches that have taken place in the city in recent weeks, Watson said.

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