Do you think etiquette expert Ann Landers would ever advise taking deadly weapons to a “peaceful demonstration”? Mace? Lasers? Flame throwers? Explosives? Guns? Knives? Fireworks laced with nails? I don’t think so.
The phrase “peaceful demonstration” may apply to most of the daytime events, but it doesn’t apply to what happens at night when violent protesters (aka rioters) destroy businesses, government buildings and police cars… plus engage in shootings and killings.
Portland police officers recovered Molotov cocktails and rifle ammunition late Sunday evening near the U.S. court house that has been the site of recent protests.
The Portland Police Department recovered the “destructive devices” in a bag in Lownsdale Square Park across the street from the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse while investigating a shots fired call, police said. The discovery occurred as protesters and rioters continued to clash with federal agents protecting the courthouse.
Protesters lobbed fireworks, rocks, cans and other objects at officers protecting the courthouse who have responded by using non-lethal weapons to control the crowd, The Associated Press reported.
The lights inside the courthouse have to be turned off for safety & the light from high-powered lasers bounced across the lobby almost all night. The fear is palpable. Three officers were struck in the last few weeks & still haven’t regained their vision. pic.twitter.com/33Mt2WyNsV
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) July 27, 2020
…Over the weekend, protests occurred in Seattle, Washington; Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Oakland, California; Aurora, Colorado and Richmond, Virginia, according to various media outlets. Many nationwide protests are organized in solidarity with Portland.
Trump authorized federal agents to be sent to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday to assist local police in responding to violence, according to U.S. News…