Self-proclaimed Proud Boy Alan Swinney found guilty of assault, menacing, unlawful use of firearm

A jury Tuesday found Alan Swinney, a self-proclaimed Proud Boy, guilty of assault, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon for pulling out a loaded revolver, firing paintballs and spraying bear Mace at counterprotesters in Portland last year. Prosecutors called him a “one man police force” and “vigilante cowboy,” while Swinney and his lawyer argued he wasContinue reading “Self-proclaimed Proud Boy Alan Swinney found guilty of assault, menacing, unlawful use of firearm”

Trump-loving QAnon follower gets probation for shooting up federal courthouse in Portland

A QAnon follower and Donald Trump supporter has been sentenced to five years of probation for repeatedly firing a gun into the facade of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland in January. Cody Melby, 40, fired a 9mm handgun at the courthouse multiple times because he “wanted to get in front of the court forContinue reading “Trump-loving QAnon follower gets probation for shooting up federal courthouse in Portland”

Gunfire erupts after Proud Boys and anti-fascists openly brawl in Portland without police intervention

Far right groups gathered Sunday in Portland for an event they called the “Summer of Love,” even as the rally date was chosen to commemorate an extraordinarily violent clash last summer in the city. The event ended with a roving brawl along busy city streets in the Parkrose neighborhood, and shots being fired in downtown Portland. NoContinue reading “Gunfire erupts after Proud Boys and anti-fascists openly brawl in Portland without police intervention”

Punching Nazis, Exposing Fascists, and the Antifa Philosophy: Fringe Nation (VICE)

As riots and protests spread nationwide, some politicians and news media pointed to violence by Antifa as the culprit. Alzo Slade talks to someone from Antifa to hear their side.

An Investigator of Police Shootings Now Faces Possible Criminal Indictment

Detective Erik Kammerer is perhaps best known for his helmet number. But he also plays an integral role in Multnomah County’s criminal justice system. Since 2007, when a Portland police officer pulls the trigger in the line of duty, Detective Erik Kammerer often investigates. Kammerer is one of 16 detectives assigned to the Portland PoliceContinue reading “An Investigator of Police Shootings Now Faces Possible Criminal Indictment”

Man killed by Portland police called 911 himself, seeking mental health care

Michael Ray Townsend was a musician. Not the type of musician who occasionally picks up the guitar and strums out a few basic chords. He played the violin, the piano and the drums. “He could even play the seven-string guitar. He played guitar behind his back,” said his younger sister, Rachel Steven. “He started playingContinue reading “Man killed by Portland police called 911 himself, seeking mental health care”

Portland, OR: PPB officer indicted over August 2020 use of force incident

Officer Corey Budworth indicted with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday a grand jury had indicted Portland Police Officer Corey Budworth with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree for alleged criminal conduct that happened during a protest downtown. Budworth was accused of unlawfullyContinue reading “Portland, OR: PPB officer indicted over August 2020 use of force incident”

Portland Cops Are Mining Intel From Informants Who Infiltrate Masked “Black Bloc” Marches

“This is partially a psychological warfare tactic.” About 45 minutes before sunset on May 25—the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd—approximately 100 protesters gathered outside of the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland. Many followed the typical dress code: black shirt, black pants, black mask. The sea of identity-concealing dark clothing, known asContinue reading “Portland Cops Are Mining Intel From Informants Who Infiltrate Masked “Black Bloc” Marches”

Justice Department Slams Portland Police for Unconstitutional Abuses

In violent crackdowns of police-accountability protests, the Portland Police Bureau saw “all force as justified” The Department of Justice has delivered a striking rebuke of the Portland Police Bureau for its brutal policing of last year’s racial justice protests, calling out the police for violations of bureau policy and the U.S. constitution, while criticizing a leadership structureContinue reading “Justice Department Slams Portland Police for Unconstitutional Abuses”

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