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‘Free Speech’ Rally Portland Mayor Tried to Cancel Was Peaceful — Then ‘Antifas’ Grabbed Bricks…

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Look at all those bricks, shivs, spears and mayhem-making equipment possessed by … “anti fascists.” From my piece in Independent Journal Review:

The free speech rally held on Sunday by some Portland, Oregon, area conservatives almost didn’t happen when the mayor demanded that the permit be revoked.

Mayor Ted Wheeler asserted that the rally should be canceled because of possible violence by what he called “alt-right” protesters, following the murders of two men who came to the defense of two Muslim women being hassled by a man hurling racial slurs on a commuter train.

Check out the rest of my piece here on Independent Journal Review:

http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/06/891657-free-speech-rally-portland-mayor-tried-cancel-peaceful-antifas-grabbed-bricks/

PDX Mayor Calls for Ban on Free Speech for “Alt Right” After Bernie Sanders Supporter Allegedly Murders Two On Max Train

Three men stood up for right and paid a huge price on the Max line on Friday when a crazed man threatened two Muslim women on the train. Two of the men died and another was badly hurt as they were slashed by the knife wielding crazed man.

In this video,  Twitter user “St. Tenderheart” claims to have been an eyewitness who chased down suspected killer Jeremy Christian who was still foaming at the mouth and in a psychotic episode before his arrest:

The reaction by leftist Portland is curious.

First, a spokesman for the  far leftist anarchist, self described “anti fascists” in the form of Cameron Whitten said the nutter who killed two people on Portland’s light rail was a Trump supporter and that as long as Trump was in the White House he would feel unsafe:

Yes, the person who likely committed the murder is a repeat offender and suffering from mental illness. But if Donald Trump was not president today, I believe we would still have two bright lights among us today. I believe that stronger than I believe in my own birthday.

Then, Marc Abrams of the KXL weekend radio show Kremer, Abrams and Pasero claimed that the nutter was a Christian. No, Marc. His last name is Christian. He’s no more a Christian than you are Abram. 

Attempts have been made to connect the killer to the “alt right” (whatever that means) because the accused killer turned up  to a so called “free speech” event in Portland in April. As you can see by the video posted by YouTuber Airliner World, the suspect was  disavowed, told to get out, shut up, and even one guy said “he’s on his own.” As the YouTuber put it:

Please don’t put Jeremy with those guys, they have already made it clear that he wasn’t a part of them.

Christian was separated from the so called “Patriot Prayer Group” by the cops because they didn’t want him in their group. He’s shown on tape (surrounded by photographers) complaining about it.

Christian then walked down the street toward the anarchist, black bloc protesters.

Furthermore, as the website Chicks on the Right discovered, the accused killer appears to be a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Chicks On the Right

But, oddly, Ted Wheeler is not calling for an end to the far left protests that occur nearly every week in Portland — only the so called “alt right” one scheduled for June 4th and 10th.

Remember now, to some people facts are fungible. They’re plug-and-play components for certain intellectually dishonest people  to construct them into a jerry-rigged storyline so long as it concludes that it’s all  Donald Trump’s fault.

In the left’s and City Hall’s  (but I repeat myself) zeal to construct this narrative,  Mayor Ted Wheeler has taken it upon himself to urge the federal government officials to stop a planned “free speech” protest by what he calls an “alt right” group on federal property on June 4th and another one June 10th.

I recognize that Portland’s heightened political atmosphere is ripe for riot and the mayor wants to keep things peaceful. But allow me to remind you that the city has been the victim of several such riots without the presence of so called “alt right” free speech supporters. In fact, the street violence has been a function entirely of the left and helped by the city’s inability or unwillingness to confront it.

Scapegoating the “alt right” in this case is absurd, intemperate and unbecoming a serious politician.

I don’t recall Wheeler calling for revoking or disallowing the planned May Day riots and I actually asked him to do that. I’ve also called for the National Guard to protect the citizens of Portland during the leftist’s riots due to the city’s unwillingness to do its job.

It was leftist thugs who threatened violence against Republicans participating in a civic parade and got it canceled.

It’s understandable that Wheeler’s concerned about riots.  But who’s been doing the rioting in Portland? Not the so called “alt right.” It seems that the better part of valor would be to appeal to the leftists to leave the permitted protesters alone.

Strickland Self Defense: Will #PDX Media Change False Narrative on Gun Case?

Since the Black Lives Matter protest in which citizen journalist Mike Strickland drew a pistol on protesters  “bee lining” for him, the Portland media has done everything it can to depict him as something he’s not.

Strickland was freed on $250,000 bail one day before a bail review hearing last week.

Willamette Week insists on called him a “counter protester.” The respected weekly rag has made up this characterization out of whole cloth.  On what is this based, exactly? No idea.

Image Credit: Screenshot/Willamette Week
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Willamette Week

Strickland has been on the scene for years now as a citizen journalist. He will goad people into giving him a comment, but that doesn’t make him anymore a “counter protester” than George Stephanopolous is when he goads politicos with whom he disagrees to answer questions.

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Worse, both local alternative papers, WW and “The Portland Mercury” have depicted Strickland — a legal gun owner — as some sort of nut because he drew his weapon in self defense.

Image Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Lefty videographer Mike Bluehair notes that the alternative media are trying to force this narrative with their own news boxes. He sent this video to me last week to make the point:

The Oregonian tried to make an issue out of Strickland carrying ammo for his pistol:

Image Credit: Screenshot/The Oregonian
Photo Credit: Screenshot/The Oregonian

What, exactly, is the correct amount of ammo to carry, Oregonian? One magazine, two, six? And, as long as we’re on that, please define “extended clip” and prove Strickland had one.

“Strickland had an extended clip in what appeared to be a Glock 26 that he swept at chest level multiple times in front of protesters and a plain-clothed Portland police officer, the prosecutor said.”

Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube
Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube

Where is the “extended clip”? The world awaits your answer, media.

Of course, the mainstream news outlets find the delicious irony in a person pulling a gun at the BLM protest, locally called “Don’t Shoot PDX.”

I’ll tell you what irony is. Irony is at a so-called ‘peaceful’ protest the New Black Panthers held a pre-rally pep talk calling for violence:

I’ll tell you what irony is. Irony is that at a supposedly ‘peaceful’ protest, protesters intentionally assaulted Strickland. Where’s that cutline in the media coverage?

The media swallowed whole the story from a protester who said Strickland tried to “incite or instigate others” at the protest he was covering — when it was they who assaulted Strickland, frightening him so much that he was compelled to pull his pistol in self defense. Now, that’s irony.

The media certainly have their preconceived — and wrong — narrative that they’re wedded to. The real question is, when confronted over and over with the truth of this case, will they bother to inform the public or will they stick with their false narrative?

See my previous posts:

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

Protester Going After Mike Strickland Was “Black Panther” Calling for Violence & Gun Play Before #BLM March

Strickland Isn’t the Only Reporter Threatened & Assaulted by Black Lives Matter Protesters

Citizen Journalist James O’Keefe Spotlights Mike Strickland Case

Portland Citizen Journalist Banned From Portland Campuses That Frequently Welcomed Radicals & Even Domestic Terrorists

The Exoneration of Portland Citizen Journalist Mike Strickland, ‘Laughing at Liberals.’

“Self Defense”: Lefty Videographer at BLM Protest Told Cops Twice That PDX Reporter Mike Strickland Drew Gun In Self Defense

Here’s What 4 Cops & a 2-A Activist Saw When They Watched ‘Man Pulls Gun on PDX Protesters’ Video

By Victoria Taft

Photo Credit: Screenshot/Mike Bluehair
Photo Credit: Screenshot/Mike Bluehair

Mike Strickland was arrested and charged in Portland for pulling a gun at a Black Lives Matter/anarchist protest when a mob converged on him. But now he sits in jail. As one person put it, “[Mike Strickland] is now a political prisoner in Multnomah County.”

First, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. But this video of Laughing at Liberals unholstering his gun and pointing in the direction of Portland anarchists and protesters awoke me from my VictoriaTaft.com slumber. It’s time to sound off.

Second, I’m well acquainted Mike Strickland and his work. Since at least 2010, the videographer has been on the scene in Portland and the northwest chronicling important stories about the organized left. I’ve used the fruits of his labors on my radio program in Portland, on this website, and in my current radio and other work.

We’re not besties, but I should tell you that when I was asked to design an online news platform, he was the one guy I sought to be on my team.  Later, when I had a chance to suggest a videographer for a California state wide candidate, I suggested Mike Strickland. He’s talented and knows when a set of facts equate to a story. I’ve been impressed by his work for himself and also for Jim Hoft’s “Progressives Today” and “Gateway Pundit” where he has done some painstaking and important work — especially on gun rights.

Third, you should know that about a year ago Strickland was attacked by an anti-second amendment filmmaker named Skye Fitzgerald and so badly hurt he was hospitalized and out of work for months. His arm was broken in three places. Though charged with a felony, Fitzgerald was never prosecuted by Multnomah County prosecutors.

Here is the video that I’m told was presented to Multnomah County prosecutors showing the beating. It has not been made public until it was shared on VictoriaTaft.com:

Even with this evidence, the DA chose not to prosecute the filmmaker, though he clearly assaulted and robbed Strickland of all his cameras (which he later returned with erased flash drives/data cards).

Reports from the left and media to the contrary notwithstanding, Strickland’s not a nut or a kook. He’s a serious young man who is fulfilling a calling to expose the manipulations of the left and the media that proliferate and quite literally shout down the voices of opposing points of view in Portland and Oregon. There are probably several things with which I disagree with Mike, Ron Paul fandom comes to mind, but he’s no ‘winger.’ 

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m posting the video from a guy named “Mike Bluehair” who trained his camera on the mob surrounding Strickland in the seconds leading up to the unholstering of his gun and the aftermath. I don’t know “Mike Bluehair,” but the protesters apparently do and trust him (except the Crabbe and Goyle* of the anarchist set, who threatened him for being Strickland’s friend. No idea if that’s true.).

Please do these things:

    • Watch the video.
    • Watch my breakdown of the video.
    • Read for yourself what four cops and one very knowledgeable pro-second amendment activist had to say about the incident.
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Watch the video from “Mike Bluehair’s” Channel:

Now, let’s go over the video (I apologize for the differently sized GIFs, but apparently it can’t be helped).

The mob begins to surround Strickland:

gun surround him

The mob keeps coming:

Gun crowd surround 2

Angry looking man and person with green coat converge with crowd:

gun crowd closes in around him

Green jacketed person presumably sees gun and runs:

gun crowd burning girl 4

Strickland draws his weapon to back them off and backs away from the mob:

gun crowd drawn 4

Strickland is asked to holster his weapon by someone off camera and complies:

gun crowd holsters assurance 6

“Mike Bluehair” tells mob to back off to let Strickland back away from the scene:

gun Strickland looks behind him 7

Angry man has to be held back by person in green jacket:

gun crowd hold back 3

Angry man has to be restrained by another protester. Note that green jacket person has now put on Guy Fawkes mask:

gun green jacket mask 10

Strickland tells mob to stop anarchists advancing on him:

gun crowd strickland anarchists 8

The mob follows Strickland as he backs his way up the street:

gun Strickland mob assault guy back 15

Sideways hat advances while gray hoodie guy advances to the side and assaults Strickland:

gun assault 13

The Crabbe and Goyle * of the anarchist set threaten the photog:

gun crabbe and goyle 16

Angry man is back, this time with his anarchist kerchief, and advances toward Strickland:

gun angry man back 15

The rest of the video involves police arriving, arresting Strickland and people being questioned. No one says they were menaced by Strickland.

It’s quite serious to draw your weapon, but if you fear for your life or fear great bodily injury, it’s a defensible thing to do. But that’s just my take. I decided to go to the experts.

I asked four cops to tell VictoriaTaft.com what they saw in this video. I’ve given all of them anonymity because of the explosive nature of this case and, after all, they have to live in the area. The only editing is for clarification and brevity.

First up is a 30+ year veteran who’s still on the job in Oregon:

“Clearly the man was afraid of the crowd. There is no crime committed, the man seemed obviously alarmed by the crowd and was backing away from the threat. Whether the threat was real or not is irrelevant, he felt threatened.”

“There is no crime committed”

Next is a long time cop in Oregon:

“Didn’t see what was going on to cause him to point a weapon initially. Clearly he was being menaced by a crowd hostile to him, who they seem to know. Many wearing full or partial masks, one holding a smoking object toward the gentleman, who was trying to back away.

At one point while backing, one of them got behind him and grabbed at him. Officer repeatedly ask if they felt menaced and he says no. Not sure why he was charged with menacing and disorderly, no victim was identified and a reasonable and prudent person might conclude he feared for his safety.

[N]ot a attorney, but his past assault and circumstances with the crowd might make a case for feeling threatened and he was attempting to leave, the videographer was shouting “If you want to be safe leave”

Menacing is a catch all misdemeanor charge, you might want to review ORS 161.205(5) A person may use physical force upon another person in self-defense or in defending a third person, in defending property, in making an arrest or in preventing an escape, as hereafter prescribed in chapter 743, Oregon Laws 1971. Oh and ORS 161.219(1) Applies to use of Deadly Physical Force.”

“Clearly he was being menaced by a crowd hostile to him, who they seem to know.”

Next is a retired police investigator who was on the job in Oregon:

“Here’s anonymous (please) take. It’s LOL. I have no idea who the videographer is, but he’s got a great set of lines. My impression is that he’s in cahoots with L[a]l, but he’s also asking the cops not shoot him, and I recognize that as leftie bullshit. He said straight out the HE didn’t feel threatened by L[a]L, so there goes a serious charge where HE is concerned and leaves (if unjustified) a charge of pointing a firearm at another.
The stinkin’ Justice Center and Federal building are teeming with cameras which might show what happened earlier, before this video started, which is about the ONLY evidence I would consider AGAINST L[a]L, because this film shows assholes following him and surrounding him in spite of the videographer’s urging them not to.
For a criminal case, it is incomplete and ends with the videographer coaching a man with the words it takes to GET a complaint issued rather than merely asking the questions and listening to the answers.
Beats me, but given the facts of the personages in the crowd and L[a]L’s long history without similar trouble, the most he’d likely face if I was heading this up is a trip to the Grand Jury along with all the “witnesses” (who likely wouldn’t even show up).”
“[G]iven the facts of the personages in the crowd and L[a]L’s long history without similar trouble…”

And finally, a politically connected, retired police administrator in Oregon pointed out the untenable political situation in which the Portland Police Bureau now finds itself:

“It’s difficult to know where to start. [Laughing at Liberals] came ready for trouble because he was armed. It might be that he carries a firearm all the time [editor’s note: Strickland has a legal concealed carry permit and frequently carries].

Generally, provide the kind of calm and strength a community needs circumstances more than anything else. It is here where the confidence in the police force pays huge dividends. That’s one reason why Dallas, for the most part, remains calm even though this shooter was black and the victims were white. 

Yes, and Portland, Oregon is in very sad shape in terms of political and police leadership at this point. I don’t understand how it is that the city has gotten so far out of control and lost the respect of its citizens. 

The cops are doing their best under the circumstances, however when there is so little confidence in the mayor, the city council and their guidance and leadership choices for the Police Bureau, troops on the street are under a great deal of pressure every day.”

I asked former police executive if Strickland had broken the law:

“Tough call. On its face maybe not.”

Then came the political rationale for arresting Strickland in the first place which was to appease the anarchists:

“[O]ften the decision to arrest on the street other than the intent of the law is to address the larger issues in this case: restore or maintain the peace and also to re-establish that the police are in control. 

I am not sure there was any choice in the moment given the facts and the and the need to end the situation. What you to ask yourself is: can we allow the perception that guns drawn in these situations between the citizenry should be the new norm? That is not to say that the charges will stand when the DA has a chance to review the entire set of facts. Of course, by that time, the street has returned to some kind of calm and the situation ends safely.

Unfortunately, once in awhile the probably cause to make an arrest to keep the peace trumps the interest of the individual. In the end, the question becomes proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

A reasonable person may think [Strickland] broke the law but that doesn’t mean his actions will be judged to have been [unlawful].”

 

“Q: Did he break the law? A: On its face maybe not.”

Kevin Starrett of Oregon Firearms Federation told VictoriaTaft.com that this case is giving him sleepless nights.

“I can’t think of a situation that is more appropriate for defensive use of a weapon…”

He says the way in which the prosecutors increased the charges at the arraignment, raised the bail to $250,000 when they would have let anyone else go, the bizarre hearsay entered as ‘fact’ at the hearing, and the fact that the organized left has made Strickland a target with websites have basically made Strickland a pariah:

“[Mike Strickland] is a political prisoner in Multnomah County Jail. That is absolutely the case.”

Starrett says even some gun owners believe Strickland should not have been at the protest in the first place. He’s in that camp. But, he says, “he had every right to be there.” Furthermore, the head of the OFF told VictoriaTaft.com:

“[I]f I were approached by a crowd like that, that I believe intended to do me harm, a deranged mob mentality —  can you win in that situation…probably not.  But I can’t think of a situation that is more appropriate for defensive use of a weapon. He had a right to be there. Was  it a great idea? No. He went into enemy territory. But there are war correspondents in the same situation.”

Starrett says the videographer’s own footage could exonerate him:

“The only video that counts is the one he shot. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it disappears [in prosecutors’ custody].”

And it’s the way forward that has Starrett concerned as well:

“What’s happening now with him is part of a grander thing. They’re determined to make an example out of him. He’s the easiest bone to throw them [the leftist power structure of Portland].”

Starrett told VictoriaTaft.com that OFF is ready to help with attorneys fees, but starting out with an outsized bail is going to sap valuable resources. This issue is bigger than their war chest can cover.
Starrett, who teaches firearms law and self defense law, told VictoriaTaft.com: 
“I have only the videos to go on, but as an instructor I believe that after drawing his firearm, he holstered as soon as he thought it was safe and we tell people to do that.”
Starrett doesn’t hold out much hope that a pro Second Amendment person will get fair treatment in Portland:
“In any rational county they would have carted him off and cited him. Multnomah County is still predisposed against him. After all, he was attacked on video and his attacker was able to walk.”
And then he revealed his worst fear:
“A conservative person cannot expect justice in multnomah county.”

 

A private Facebook page has been set up to give support to Strickland and keep track of his case.

To help defray the costs of Strickland’s defense case, Oregon Firearms Federation is continuing to take donations at its Foundation with a credit card or via snail mail. Checks to the 501c3 organizations can be made out to Oregon Firearms Federation Foundation (marked Mike Strickland defense) and mailed:

PO Box 556
Canby OR
97013503-263-5830 

 

 

*Draco Malfoy’s thuggish friends from the Harry Potter series.

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Occupy Portland. It’s Over.

Kaffiyeh cloth worn by Occupy Anarchist. Photo by Citizen Journalist Justen Charters
Kaffiyeh cloth worn by Occupy Anarchist.
Photo by Citizen Journalist Justen Charters

The “leaderless” Occupy Portland leaders now tell us they never wanted this. They did not want the collection of street punks, gutter snipes, tweakers, kaffiyeh clad anarchists at their political circus in downtown Portland.

That’s a lie. Yes, they did.
The Occupy Portland folks wanted as many bodies as they could get out for their illegal march and illegal occupation. They went to their natural allies—the unionists, socialists, anti Jewish-Pro-Palestinian activists, communists and anarchists among others—and invited them. And they came. And Occupied.  Now that the world is literally and figuratively sniffing the truth, these ‘leaders’ want to distance themselves from the mess they created. 

The saying goes, “If you break it, you fix it.” Well, Occupy, I’d tell you to fix it, but it’s too late for that. The City of Portland’s Mayor and Council are too politically invested in your  movement to let you off that easily.  
Occupy Portland ended the day it began. Thursday, October 6th was the day when the non-leader-leaders fulfilled their promise to break the law. They gave nothing to the cops and the Mayor’s office. No permits, no signatures, no indemnification, no map. They came with their bullhorns, bizarre call and response method of communicating and simply broke the law. 
Photo by Citizen Journalist Lex Fly Fish
Anarchist tag at Occupy Portland. Photo by Citizen Journalist Lex Fly Fish
They made good on their promise of anarchy. 
Official Portland bent over backwards to try and make their disregard for civility and the law seem somehow noble. The day of the first protest and after they’d broken the law, Portland Mayor Sam Adams ‘thanked’ the protesters for their ‘cooperation.’ 
Possibly five thousand people came to march in the streets to protest some amorphous evil blob out there; rallied at a place for which they refused to take out a permit and pay the fees, and then took over two parks and closed a street.
Then those people left. Yes, they left behind a few true believers—maybe 1% of this collective. And joining them?  The usual rabble from the street: the tatted, plugged, tweaked street kids whose main occupation is dragging their pitbulls to their next act of larceny. 
Occupy Portland took over space to be used by Portland Marathon.  Photo Illustration by Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant / Dan Sandini
Occupy Portland took over space to be used by Portland Marathon. Photo Illustration by Citizen Journalist Daylight Disinfectant / Dan Sandini

The Mayor’s inability to finesse the Occupiers out created instant civic problems. The Portland Marathon needed the park and street where Adams had let the Occupiers squat.

What to do? Give in to extortion again, that’s what. 
The Mayor convened a meeting to tell the Marathon how it should accommodate the Occupiers. The compromise? The Marathon could still pay for all permitting and use most of the park but the Occupiers could stay. The Marathon issued an obsequious statement about how wonderful the Occupiers were and how they would share the space. Crisis averted. 
Occupy Portland Sam Adams and Randy Leonard marching with them.
Days later, Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard joined one of the Occupy marches. Adams cooed later  he’d never seen “a more organized protest”and was “so proud” of them.
But by the time the Mayor and Commissioners had mingled with the Occupiers and pronounced them ‘good,’ it was clear who they were. The street people clearly outnumbered the protesters. Occupy Portland Sam Adams with crowd
Sam Adams then left town and put Commissioner Amanda Fritz in charge.
Fritz met with the protesters and, through Occupy’s call and response bullhorn, told them how pleased she was they were there and how they could stay as long as they wanted. She told them their first amendment rights to speak were more important than any city ordinances.  Fritz was apparently unaware the City could set time, place and manner restrictions on speech. Or she just ignored them. 

Amanda Fritz tells Occupy Protesters how wonderful they are. Photo Credit: The Oregonian
Mic check! Amanda Fritz tells Occupy Protesters they can stay as long as they like.  Photo Credit: The Oregonian

Now crime has taken hold.

  • A black videographer was verbally assaulted by Occupiers calling him racist names. The VIDEOGRAPHER was arrested for showing the thugs his licensed gun.
  • A registered sex offender lists Occupy as his home and the encampment has 10-20 children living there.
  • Marijuana smoke is everywhere.
  • There’s a shooting gallery inside somewhere judging by the cars full of sketched out kids spilling out only to come back ten minutes later as serene as a nun at vespers.

If you’re worried about second hand smoke and its effects on your health, don’t go to Occupy Portland. Big Tobacco is encamped here, too. 

The only Commissioner cranky about the Occupiers is Nick Fish, the Parks Commissioner, who asked that

Anti Israel sign in Occupy Portland's "Sacred Place." Photo by Citizen Journalist Bruce McCain.
Anti Israel sign in Occupy Portland’s “Sacred Place.” Photo by Citizen Journalist Bruce McCain.

Occupiers be removed soon because they were hurting the trees, grass and bushes of the park. Ropes lashed onto trees support the Gilligan’s Isle-like latticed wall made of twigs and vines. One of these walls shelters the spiritual “Sacred Place” which includes anti Semitic signs. 

Anti Jewish signs in Occupy's "Sacred Place."  Photo by Citizen Journalist Bruce McCain.
Anti Jewish signs in Occupy’s “Sacred Place.”
Photo by Citizen Journalist Bruce McCain.
The grass is shot. Fish says it will cost at least $19,000.00 to fix it.  He claimed it would take a year to get the park back up to scratch. 
Perhaps that’s why when local Attorney Bruce McCain sought to get a permit for the properties he was told that no one would be able to rent them  for a year. However, Occupy Portland has been told it can stay as long as it wants. 
McCain was told he’d have to go through five bureaus to get permissions, get a million dollar indemnification and post $50-$1000 in fees. And that was just the beginning. 
Occupy Portland threatened to break the law and got everything for free—including undeserved respect.

 

Occupy Portland has done more damage to the City than mere rope burns on trees. It has dispirited law abiding Portlanders who see that if you’re part of the Mayor’s base you are treated differently under the law. If you doubt this,  play the, “If this were the Tea Party” game. 

This is politically-correct pandering and– on its face– treats the content of this speech differently than all others. It opens up the City to federal civil rights lawsuits (as pointed out by Civil Rights Attorney Rees Lloyd here) and as Attorney Bruce McCain and the Portland Tribune (here) have brought to light, put the City in the unenviable position of defending the constitutionality of the City’s anti camping ordinance at the same time it’s giving carte blanche to the Occupiers. Amanda Fritz’s comments alone may have torpedoed the City’s case costing Portlanders even more and opening the city to even more encampments. Dignity Village Two at 4th and Burnside is just the beginning of that.
Furthermore, it has shown the deep void that is the so called leadership of Portland.
Mayor Adams and Commissioner Leonard like to talk about how much money they’ve ‘saved’ Portland because of their cool response. That’s like a guy going to the hardware store, buying a band saw, and telling his wife how much he saved because he didn’t get a more expensive one. 
Their brand of governance is borne of experiences like the one they helped create at Occupy Portland. They don’t understand the rule of law, equal rights under those laws and the limits of government. Maybe if Mayor Adams ever bothered to come to one of the Tea Parties he’s been invited to he might. 

Regardless, Occupy Portland was over when it lost its moral moorings. It ended when City had to prop it up. Whether they know it or not, in its current form, Occupy Portland is over.

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