Death in Portland's Streets
On the 95th straight night of unrest in Portland, Oregon, tragic predictions of inevitable life loss have come to pass. One man associated with Patriot Prayer is dead, and police seek another who supports Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Gist Say'n explains.
Capitalizing on tragedies like the police-involved death of George Floyd and shooting of Jacob Blake, radical groups like Antifa have ramped up their violent activities not just in Portland, Oregon, but across the country. After the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconson, wherein 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse killed two Antifa/BLM supporters and wounded a third; stakes are even higher. Couple these with the current political landscape, and there is a high likelihood that more deaths will occur on America's streets during ensuing riots leading up to the election.
I first started talking about the extremist groups in Portland on this platform back in 2018. If interested, follow the links to see or listen to the podcasts on them.
More than two years ago, it was clear to me that unless the government intervened, it was only a matter of time before confrontations there turned deadly. Frankly, I am surprised something like this didn't happen sooner. In the past month, the extreme left seems to have openly become what it claims to hate, a movement driven by prejudice.
Gunned Down in Portland
As with all ongoing investigations, not all the facts are available, but thus far, here is what is understood.
Saturday night a man named Justin Dunlap was live streaming and captured a deadly event on the streets of Portland. The full video is about 21 minutes long and if you go to the link the shooting occurs about 18 minutes in, but Andy Ngo reposted a shorter version centered on the homicide which I have also embedded the corresponding article posted on Gistsayn.com. Warning: the video below contains graphic content.
Audio of the incident and the aftermath of the shooting can also be heard and seen from another closer angle posted by Ian Miles Cheong. Again, before clicking be aware, the video is graphic and could be disturbing to some viewers.
Even with the videos, not all the facts are clear. Still, on Saturday, August 29th, Aaron "Jay" Danielson was at the Clackamas mall gearing up with Chandler Pappas to protect fellow Trump rally-goers when Pappas spoke to a local newspaper reporter. Both were there to attend a cruise-in event meant to support the re-election of Donald Trump. Later that night, Danielson, who also seems to have gone by Jay Bishop, was killed while walking with Pappas in downtown Portland.
The live-streamed video of the incident is from a distance but shows a gunman shooting another man in the chest. The homicide occurred after someone can be heard on the stream, calling out what sounds like, "We've got another one here. We got a couple right here." A few words are hard to make out, then a different voice seems to question, "Right here?" Two gunshots immediately follow. The victim takes a few steps and collapses as the shooter backs up then runs away. He is still at large.
However, police are reportedly looking to question 48-year-old Michael Reinoehl, of Gresham, Oregon. In July Reinoehl spoke to Bloomberg's Quick Take News and self-described as a professional snowboarder and contractor who has been a regular attendee of Antifa's and BLM's ongoing Portland activities. In a June post on Instagram, Reinoehl proclaimed his willingness to fight for their cause.
"I am 100% ANTIFA all the way! I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters!" Reialnoehl also wrote that this is the time to change the course of humanity, saying, "We truly have an opportunity right now to fix everything. But it will be a fight like no other! It will be a war and like all wars there will be casualties. I was in the army and I hated it. I did not feel like fighting for them would ever be a good cause. Today's protesters and Antifa are my brothers in arms. This is a Cause to fight for. This truly is fighting for my country!"
Arrested at a previous event for illegal possession of a firearm, Reineohl was released per city policy. He is also wanted for failing to appear in court in a nearby community on charges that include speeding and reckless endangerment of a child. There he allegedly raced his 17-year-old son in a separate car, exceeding speeds of 110 miles per hour, while his 11-year-old daughter road with him and he was under the influence of a controlled substance.
The day of the shooting, Reinoehl is captured several times on video. On one such tape, during an altercation between BLM/Antifa supporters and others participating in the Trump rally, Reinoehl appears to be concealing a pistol in his hands.
Events leading up to Danielson's death ran the gamut from festive, volatile, violent, and finally deadly. The day began with more than 600 vehicles, and thousands of people reportedly gathered to have a caravan rally for President Trump. Mobile rallies are an approach the President's supporters have resorted to of late, both on land and water, in an effort to ensure participants' safety. While initially scheduled to stay on highways, where protestors still tried to block the route, a portion of the caravan ended up driving through downtown Portland. Right where, for the past 90 plus nights, Antifa and Black Live Matter supporters have owned the streets. Unsurprisingly, video posts show it was volatile.
While black bloc clad anarchists, socialists and communists reportedly sprayed urine on rally goers and tried to block the caravan of mostly pickup trucks with bikes and their bodies. Patriot Prayer loyalists and Trump supporters fired back with pepper spray and paintballs.
The killing occurred after the official rally concluded. Danielson was gun downed while on foot outside a parking garage.
Shortly after the shooting, Joey Gibson, the founder of Patriot Prayer, was assaulted by a mob and trapped in a gas station as he tried to make his way to the scene. His organization is often called alt-right, racist, and white supremacist. Though Gibson, a man of Japanese heritage, has always denied this and instead describes himself as a moderate-libertarian who formed his organization in response to Antifa's violent presence in Portland. Members of the two groups have clashed on multiple occasions. Gibson faces riot charges stemming from one of them.
Upon learning that a member of the opposition was gunned down, a woman proclaimed, "I am not sad that a f—ing fascist died tonight... Our city held its own and we took out the trash." The Antifa and Black Lives Matter supporters gathered around her, laughed and cheered.
How Could Get We Here
As ordinary apolitical people see Portland and other major cities fail to stop riots, they are starting to take critical notice of their leadership. They wonder why elected officials seem complicit with agitators and looters disguised as protesters to destroy property and threaten bystanders or anyone the extremists think do not share their goals or views. The more they learn, the more they wonder why these mainly democratic leaders do not even call these groups out by name, at least not if they are perceived to be left-leaning.
For example, an article published by Oregon Public Broadcasting following the shooting never identifies the groups represented in the protests and riots occurring every night in Portland for more than three months. Those hitting the streets each night include Antifa, Black Lives Matter, socialists, communists, and anarchists. And it is not uncommon for individuals to align themselves with more than one of these categories at once. It is not a secret; all you have to do is ask them, and they'll proudly tell you their affiliations. Unless, of course, they are there purely to use the events as cover for other criminal activities. Yet OPB did not name any of them. Antifa appeared in print only once as part of a quote. In stark contrast, the article did mention two groups aligned right of center by name, Proud Boys, and Patriot Prayer. It also didn't hesitate to label people as Trump supporters.
This article is but one of many that echo the stance of city leadership's basic premise that far-right organizations are undesirable. At the same time, the far-left ones deserve a pass because their underlying intentions are justified. It is an attitude that allows Antifa to claim ownership of Portland's streets more than any business or average tax-paying citizen. The latter now avoid downtown like the plague.
In response to repeated offers of federal aid, Portland's Mayor, Ted Wheeler, refuses. The last proposal to send in federal lawmakers was turned down less than 48 hours before the shooting. Then at a press conference responding to the tragedy, Wheeler blamed Trump for his city's predicament.
"President Trump, you bring no peace. You bring no respect to our democracy. You, Mr. President, need to do your job," Wheeler said. "[Trump] has an opportunity to uplift us and bring us together and help us move through this difficult situation in our nation's history, instead he chooses to play petty politics and divide us."
Trump's response came in real-time through a series of tweets.
"Ted Wheeler, the wacky Radical Left Do Nothing Democrat Mayor of Portland, who has watched great death and destruction of his city during his tenure, thinks this lawless situation should go on forever. Wrong! Portland will never recover with a fool for a Mayor… He tried mixing with the Agitators and Anarchists and they mocked him. He would like to blame me and the Federal Government for going in, but he hasn't seen anything yet. We have only been there with a small group to defend our U.S. Courthouse, because he couldn't do it… The people of Portland, like all other cities & parts of our great country, want Law & Order. The Radical Left Democrat Mayors, like the dummy running Portland, or the guy right now in his basement unwilling to lead or even speak out against crime, will never be able to do it! LAW & ORDER!!!"
Here's the Gist
I used to live right outside of Portland. I have family and friends who still live there. It was a beautiful progressive city. Now the pendulum has swung far past center. Boarded up, marred by graffiti and garbage, and dangerous to all, not wearing black bloc, it's current occupants have gone beyond seeking equality and now seek indiscriminate retribution. It might have tried to flip the script, but continually marginalizing one group over another and letting the favored one operate outside the community's laws without consequence never works long term.
As the effects of cancel culture directly impact more and more ordinary Americans, they grow weary, and genuine activists risk damaging their chosen cause by becoming what they claim to hate. If we are not careful, the only winners are the elites who back special interests from the shadows, sacrificing others as pawns to advance their own elaborate game of chess.
You can agree or disagree, it's okay, I'm Gist Say'n