Just the facts, ma’am. All the bolding and parenthetical comments in italics are mine:
Over the past few years, (How many? Who was POTUS at the start?) the streets of Portland have become an arena for polarized political conflict, with far-right groups from around the country bringing guns, flags, bulletproof vests and an eagerness to confront the city’s leftist activists. (Which came first, the chicken or the egg?)
After a series of escalating conflicts between opposing factions (Which faction do the police belong to?) this summer that involved gunfire from both directions, the city is set to become a stage again on Saturday, when the Proud Boys, a far-right group notorious for engaging in brawls, (With who?) descend once more on Portland, perhaps in numbers larger than ever before. (How many PB vs how many Antifa/BLM?)
In Louisville, Ky., the grand jury decision to not indict (To not indict is a non-decision) police officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor has reignited fury over the laws and systems that shield the police from accountability.
“Until those officers are fired from this department, I promise you we will continue to make these streets hot (Like arson hot?),” Tamika D. Mallory, an activist (and a Marxist BLM founder), said at a Friday news conference alongside Ms. Taylor’s mother, the family’s legal team (aka Benjamin Crump, chaser of ambulances and coroner wagons)and other supporters.
While Mayor Greg Fischer has imposed a curfew and the police have blocked off access to downtown, hundreds have continued to publicly protest the grand jury’s decision. (Why? How about some facts/law analysis?)
The developments in Louisville also prompted people nationwide to return to the streets in protest, echoing the message of the mass demonstrations that involved millions after the Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May. (Does Minneapolis PD employ Officer Fentanyl?)
President Trump has stoked the tensions of race and policing while building a law-and-order message for his re-election bid. (Only for his reelection?) In Portland, where the president has sought to label the city’s antifascist activists as domestic terrorists,(You mean the Antifa/BLM thugs and goons that have been engaged in terrorist activities all summer?) the Proud Boys have described their event on Saturday as a rally to “end domestic terrorism.”
In mid-August, authorities say, a right-wing demonstrator fired his gun twice from his vehicle but did not strike anybody. (Was he aiming at anyone?) A week later, amid open clashes in the streets between opposing factions, a right-wing activist pointed his gun at the (left-wing) crowd across from him. (Why did he do that?) The following week, a pro-Trump caravan that planned to drive around the outskirts of the city’s downtown instead went into the city center. (Why didn’t they plan to drive thru the city center originally?)
It was at (Two hours after) that third event where authorities say (Videos show) Michael Forest Reinoehl, an antifa supporter (member) who (claimed he) had provided security at the demonstrations, (lay in wait, ambushed, and) fatally shot Aaron J. Danielson, an activist with the far-right group Patriot Prayer. Mr. Reinoehl was later killed by authorities in Washington State (when he pointed a gun at the police who were trying to arrest him).
If you got all your news from the Antifa Times you might think that the nightly riots that have been going on in Portlandia were the result of conflicts between the “far-right” Proud Boys from out of town and local antifascists. Except the PB were mostly absent for much of the summer.
And if you are wondering why yesterday’s hootenanny was mostly violence-free when most PB appearances in Portlandia trigger massive amounts of violence by the Antifa fascist goon squads, the answer is simple. The governor of Oregon declared a state of emergency and gave control of PPD to the state troopers. Having 500 extra cops in town and no stand-down orders being issued seems to have induced the BLM bully-boys to sing “Give Peace A Chance.”