By Peter Aitken
Opposing militias met in downtown Louisville on Saturday, ending a tense standoff without any violence, according to authorities.
The Louisville Metro Police Department claimed to have advanced warning about two heavily armed militias that planned to protest on Saturday. The “Three Percenter” militia gathered in counter protest to the Not F—— Around Coalition, an Atlanta-based group that had traveled to Louisville to demand justice for Breonna Taylor.
Taylor was shot eight times in her home by plainclothes officers after her boyfriend shot at the officers, thinking they were robbers. The officers involved were reassigned, but protesters have demanded charges be brought against the men as they were brought against the officers allegedly involved in George Floyd‘s death in Minnesota.
The construction site for a new youth jail in Seattle is definitely on fire right now.
To ask the question is to answer. Somehow, the USA managed to exist for 200 years without the DHS.
By Jonathan Blitzer
A fairly interesting fourth-generation warfare approach.
In Portland, the Hockey Stick Brigade is now in force, smacking tear gas canisters back in the direction they came from: the illegal occupying army.
Municipal police typically function as the private army of politically-connected business and real estate interests. This is a fairly significant fourth-generation warfare victory, relatively speaking.
This is currently going on in my area, lol.
By Sabrina Moreno
The Richmond Police Department declared an unlawful assembly just after 11 p.m. Saturday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside its downtown headquarters on West Grace Street.
Shortly after that declaration, and after some protesters shattered windows of city dump trucks used to block off the area around the RPD headquarters and set one of them on fire, police deployed chemical agents and flash bangs to disperse the crowd of more than 200.
By Allyson Waller
New York Times
Acting on an anonymous tip, the authorities in Minneapolis this week discovered the body of a man inside a building that was burned down amid protests over the death of George Floyd, the police said.
The body was found Monday as the authorities searched through debris at the site of a pawnshop at 2726 East Lake Street in Minneapolis — about three miles from the site where a police officer knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
Conflicts between federal, state, and local officials are always welcome. Fragment, fragment, fragment…
By Mike Baker
New York Times
PORTLAND, Ore. — The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, was left coughing and wincing in the middle of his own city on Wednesday night after federal officers deployed tear gas into a crowd of protesters that Mr. Wheeler had joined outside the federal courthouse.
Mr. Wheeler, who scrambled to put on goggles while denouncing what he called the “urban warfare” tactic of the federal agents in Oregon, said that he was outraged by the use of tear gas and that it only made protesters more angry.
“I’m not going to lie — it stings; it’s hard to breathe,” Mr. Wheeler said. “And I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.”
From a fourth-generation warfare perspective, this is an important tactical victory.
By Chris McGreal
Night upon night, the chant goes up in front of Portland’s federal courthouse: “Whose streets?”
The answer depends on the hour of the day. After Donald Trump sent federal agents to take control of a city he said had been abandoned by its mayor to anarchists and mob rule, the protesters still turning out in support of Black Lives Matter can make a legitimate claim that these are, as the chant goes, “our streets”.
It’s Going Down
A report from the front lines of Portland from Defend PDX.
In the beginning, we were many. We were thousands. Exploding into the street after watching a video of horror both strange and all-too-familiar: a video of a nine-minute murder, of a killer indifferent to the pleas of the bound man he choked and crushed to death. Broad daylight, on film, unprosecuted. Another police murder. Another black person dead.
As the video circulated, things began to shatter. Hearts. Trust. Restraint. Patience.
We marched through these streets–our streets–to the sound of shattered windows. We screamed the names of the dead to the heavens as though they might be able to hear, as though we might rouse them and reverse the brutality that ended their lives. From above: silence. Some crimes are unforgivable, irreversible. But the future is not yet written: we could stop this from happening again, we must stop it by any means necessary. Voices united in a pledge, a pact: “No Justice, No Peace.”
There was no justice, and so there was no peace. The police quickly set aside their PR platitudes and came for us in force. The cacophony of flash bang grenades rattled windows, nerves, teeth. Thick, sputtering clouds of tear gas choked downtown and incapacitated passersby as the protesters scattered, terrified by this sudden brutality. The pain is unbearable. Your eyes swell and burn: you become blind. Fire in your lungs, your mouth, your stomach. You retch and spit. Every instinct screams that you are dying, panic fills you: you flee.
We could not withstand it, at first. Mass protests disintegrated into terrified individuals, scattered to the winds.
By Hamed Aleaziz
The Department of Homeland Security’s response to anti–police brutality protests in Portland, Oregon, has disturbed and angered many employees, who called the deployment of the federal force an unusual maneuver that could do long-term damage to the agency’s reputation.
In recent days, Oregon leaders, including the governor, have called on DHS officers to leave Portland as nightly protests have grown in size. Videos captured by protesters and media have shown the consistent use of tear gas and other “less than lethal” weapons from officers guarding the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland amid a backdrop of federal officers outfitted in camouflage snatching people off the street in unmarked vehicles.
By Tom Sykes
An estimated crowd of 2,000 people participating in the protests in Portland, Oregon, “tore open the doors of a federal courthouse and then beat back the agents inside” in the early hours of Tuesday morning, a journalist on the scene reported on Twitter. Bellingcat writer Robert Evans posted multiple videos online that appeared to show federal agents shooting what are assumed to be non-lethal projectiles at protesters, including a parents group, Wall of Moms, out of “murder holes” in a wooden structure built around the courthouse to protect it. The new clashes represent a further escalation in the conflict between protesters and federal agents sent into the city by the Trump administration. Trump praised federal law enforcement agents on Monday, saying they were doing a “fantastic job” in Portland and said he planned to replicate the response in other major U.S. cities led by Democratic mayors and escalate the crisis.
BY ANDREW SELSKY and GILLIAN FLACCUS
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them.
Federal agents, some wearing camouflage and some wearing dark Homeland Security uniforms, used tear gas at least twice to break up crowds late Friday night, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
Protests against systemic racism and police brutality have been a nightly feature in deeply liberal Portland since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd on May 25. President Donald Trump has decried the disorder and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf blasted the protesters as “lawless anarchists” in a visit to the city, helping make the clashes between police and demonstrators a national focus.
This commentator is being facetious when he says that the Trump administration is actually trying to fuel the protest movement in Portland, but I am not convinced that is not actually the case. The Trump campaign wants there to be civil unrest so they can appeal to their conservative base with law and order rhetoric. Also, the Deep State are the ones ultimately in charge of the state security forces, not Trump (remember they overruled his idea of sending out the army to quell the riots).
Ironically, the anti-Trump forces within the system (which includes much of the Deep State) also wants there to be civil unrest in order to make Trump look like an incompetent moron (as if Trump needs any help with that). Various sectors of the power elite are trying to use the uprising to their advantage. The left-wing of the system wants to weaponize the protests against Trump, and the Trumpists want to use the protests as a scapegoat to distract from their own incompetence.
By Madeline Holcombe and Brad Parks
Eighteen Chicago Police officers were injured in a protest Friday, the department said in a statement.
A large group gathered for a protest around 4:20 p.m. local time, the department said. Officers were there “providing security and protecting their First Amendment right to peaceful assembly,” the statement said.
Approaching a statue of Christopher Columbus, some people in the crowd used rocks, fireworks, frozen bottles and other objects to attack officers, the statement said.
The attack resulted in 18 officers injured, the statement said. Some were taken to area hospitals by paramedics for further treatment and some were treated at the scene.
By ANDREW SELSKY and GILLIAN FLACCUS
New York Daily News
The mayor of Portland, Ore., demanded Friday that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect.
“Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Trump is looking for a confrontation in the hopes of winning political points elsewhere. It also serves as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing spiking numbers of infections in Oregon and the nation.
Brown’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, said Friday that arresting people without probable cause is “extraordinarily concerning and a violation of their civil liberties and constitutional rights.”
It appears the an-caps may be right that private security is superior to government police.
By Carlos Miller
Branden Wolfe, 23, is facing federal arson charges.
A man who works as a private security guard was the first person arrested in the arson of a Minneapolis police precinct during last month’s riot in the wake of the George Floyd murder at the hands of police.
Branden Wolfe, 23, was said to be wearing body armor, duty belts, handcuffs, a baton and a knife stolen from the 3rd Precinct when he was arrested on June 3.
He had been fired from his job at Menards, a home improvement store, after he admitted on Facebook he stole items from the precinct. The posts appeared to have been deleted.
He was arrested later that day after returning to the store wearing the cop gear, even though the store had banned him from returning.
It would be tactically advantageous for leaders and organizations within the protest movement to openly memorialize cops who experience “line of duty” deaths in situations like this. Whether such sentiments would be sincere or not is beside the point. Psywar is crucial in the advancement of fourth-generation warfare struggles.
By Joel Shannon
Two police officers who were responding to a disturbance call were killed Saturday in a South Texas town after a suspect met the officers at the door and shot them, police say. The shooting happened so quickly that “our officers did not draw their weapons, did not fire, never stood a chance – never had a chance,” McAllen, Texas, Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said in a statement to the media. The police department learned about the fatal shooting when other officers stopped by the scene to do a routine check, Rodriguez said. The officers were responding to reports of a violent disturbance, Rodriguez said. “They were doing their job. That is what we are supposed to do.” The officers approached the door of the residence after meeting people outside the house who reported that a disturbance or assaults were occurring inside, Rodriguez said.
Smart tacticians from the Left could exploit this issue to fuel hostility to the feds among liberal and left opinion, and in a way that also wins sympathy from the anti-establishment Right who see the feds as the folks who are going to take their guns and massacre them like they did the folks at Waco. War is about winning, folks.
By Jonathan Levinson
UPDATE (9 p.m. PT) — Federal law enforcement shot and severely injured a protester Saturday night during demonstrations in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland.
Donavan LaBella, 26, was shot in the head by what friends and witnesses said was an impact munition.
Videos of the incident posted online brought swift condemnation from some local leaders, including both of Oregon’s U.S. Senators, who demanded answers from the federal government, and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who asked that federal troops leave Portland immediately.
Mayor Ted Wheeler, in a statement released just before 9 p.m. Sunday, called on federal law enforcement to abide by the same standards as Portland officers in using less-lethal weapons against protesters.
In one video, LaBella is seen pushing a canister of smoke or tear gas away from his feet across the street from the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse. Moments later, LaBella returns to holding a speaker over his head with both hands. Shots of impact munitions can be heard, and LaBella collapses to the ground, dropping the speaker.
This article, by no less than leading fourth-generation warfare theorist and paleoconservative strategist Bill Lind, is a perfect example of why I have been telling the Left that making every problem into a cultural/racial/tribal civil war is a remarkably bad idea. Some people on the cultural right are instinctive authoritarians who will “back the blue no matter what they do” but others are lumpen and working-class folks who have had run-ins with the pigs of their own, and are suspicious of the state and the capitalist class for a range of reasons. It is a tactically horrible idea to push these sectors toward reaction. I don’t think that would turn out well for the Left (or for any of the groups the Left claims to represent) in the long run. Learn the lesson of the Spanish Civil War where burning churches and shooting priests only fueled Franco’s forces.
By William S. Lind
The Left’s seeming triumph is a momentary affair. In fact, with idiocy such as abolishing the police it is discrediting itself massively. But conservatives are frustrated. They want to strike back but aren’t sure how. Here are a few ideas that might help.
First, before we strike back at anyone we need to know who the enemy is. It is not black people. They are just tools being used by the real enemy. Who are they? The cultural Marxists, the purveyors of political correctness, multiculturalism, and white guilt. Just like the economic Marxists who ruled the Soviet Union, they are ideologues who want to establish a totalitarian state based on their ideology. They couldn’t care less about the blacks they use, damage, and then discard.