VIDEO: Masked Antifa Attack Journalists As Portland Police Stand Back

Journalist Andy Ngo said police refused to intervene when antifa was attacking because it might escalate the problem.

Portland, OR – The Portland police are accused of refusing to intervene as citizens and members of the media were attacked by antifa during the city’s May Day festivities (video below).

Journalist Andy Ngo told FOX News that he was attacked several times early in the day when he was trying to film the May 1 protests at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.

“Yesterday’s event was supposed to be a celebration of diversity and workers’ rights,” Ngo explained. “But in reality, it was a celebration of Marxism, communism and political violence. Antifa had mobilized outside the ICE office in an unlawful protest where they shut down streets in a critical area near a hospital and it was there that they targeted my camera equipment and then I was punched in the abdomen.”

So the journalist went to ask for help from nearby Portland Police Bureau officers.

“I immediately alerted the Portland police officer who was standing yards away and he let me know that if they stepped in to intervene that would be an escalation and that could incite the crowd so he was going — he couldn’t do anything and if I wanted to I could file a police report later,” Ngo told FOX News.

Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sergeant Brad Yakots told Blue Lives Matter on Wednesday that it is not the police department’s policy for officers to refuse to intervene in the interest of de-escalation.

Then antifa members gathered at the Cider Riot bar for an after-hours event, and when the right-wing Patriot Prayer group showed up to protest, there was an altercation that turned into a riot.

That’s when Ngo was assaulted yet again by masked antifa.

“Later on that day, there was a brawl/riot outside of the Cider Riot Bar in Portland and it was there that I was singled out and targeted by a masked individual who sprayed me nearly point blank in the face with bear mace and blinded me,” Ngo told FOX News.

“Fortunately, a woman who I have no idea who she is, but she led me across the street because I could not see,” he continued.

“And I was only there as a journalist. I was harassed and attacked all day. When the riot happened, the police were nowhere in sight,” Ngo complained.

A second journalist was attacked and had his equipment damaged during the fight in front of Cider Riot.

Oregon State University student Noah Bucchi told KPTV that he was filming a documentary about the long-standing feud between antifa and Patriot Prayer when he was attacked and his camera was damaged.

Bucchi, who has no affiliation with either group, said that when he finished interviewing some Patriot Prayer demonstrators, he tried to talk to antifa.

“They were very antagonistic toward me because they had seen me with Patriot Prayer,” he explained.

Bucchi said antifa activists were suddenly pushing up against him.

“A guy comes from my right. Hits my camera with a club,” he said.

The student said the attacker broke a $100 camera lens, and then fled into the bar.

Bucchi tried to follow his assailant into Cider Riot but he was stopped at the door by the owner and several antifa.

He said the owner wouldn’t let him go into the bar to look for his attackers.

Bucchi told KPTV that he was punched in the face several times during the incident, but he was prevented from fighting back by other antifa.

“As soon as I punched him, five people grabbed me, pulled me to the ground," he said.

The student said police were nowhere to be found during or after the riot, but he did file a police report afterwards and is hoping that somebody caught video of him being attacked, KPTV reported.

Portland police were accused of letting antifa take over the city back in October of 2018, when protesters shut down intersections while police stood by and did nothing to stop them.

When Blue Lives Matter asked the Portland Police Bureau about their response in October, the answer was vague.

"The Police Bureau respects the rights of community members to practice their First Amendment Right to free speech as well the desire of community members to remain safe while traveling and living in the area where free speech events occur," Portland Police Department Public Information Officer Sergeant Chris Burley said at the time.

"During demonstrations, assemblies and free speech events, the Police Bureau assesses the impact the event has on the safety of the participants and Portland community members," Sgt. Burley continued. "There are often times a multitude of factors to take into account.”

The Portland police put out a press release after the most recent melee at Cider Riot that both acknowledged something had happened and also denied there had been any problems worthy of a police report.

“As officers arrived, the two groups had separated. Officers contacted both groups and no one self-identified as a victim or wanted to make a police report,” the press release said.

But when Blue Lives Matter contacted the Portland Police Bureau, they admitted there were some victims after all.

“We are investigating criminal allegations made that pertained to May Day events,” Sgt. Yakots told Blue Lives Matter in an email.

You can see video from the incident below. Warning - Graphic Content:

Comments (58)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

why is this surprising? police are under no obligation to serve or protect anyone but property.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Hmm, sounds like the officers were doing as instructed by higher ups, probably all the way to the mayors office. Liberal sanctuaries on the west coast are like that.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

After seeing all the anti-police actions of the Portland elected officials, I don't blame the PPD officers for not wanting to get involved, unless directed to by a supervisor. Should something happen, they would likely be hung out to dry by their leadership.

But if the liberal leader wants to support Antifa and all the other leftist terrorist groups, well when you lie with dogs, does it really shock you that you get fleas?

Memphis6
Memphis6

This is not the police officer fault. This is what happens when you let progressive ideology run a muck in City Hall. Look at all the large Cities run by Democrats higher crime, lawlessness, higher violence, higher homelessness, lower quality of life, human sh!t in public spaces, higher drug abuse, almost zero middle class. That's why so many people support Trump. We don't want to walk to the mail box and see someone popping a squat at the end of our driveway.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Mayor has ordered stand down, not the rank and file PPD choice.

BunnyBerigan
BunnyBerigan

Joe Biden loves antifa.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Every cop takes an oath to uphold the law and Constitution. If they are unwilling to do so, even in the face of blatant violation and danger to human life and safety, they have no business being a cop. Regardless of what some stupid politician says. Mayors and Police Chiefs do not have the legal authority to decriminalize physical assault. Every single Portland cop who obeys a "stand down" order is a coward and an accomplice to a crime.

BanditOne
BanditOne

Portland officers are much like Berkeley PD, useless and cowards. They should be share ashamed to be on duty, watch POS's assault innocent victims and did nothing about it. Just pathetic.

The express
The express

Portland can use a man like we had in Philadelphia. His name was Frank Rizzo he would never have let Antifa walk the streets. He would tell his police officers to kick ass and lock them up. kick ass would have been first. I almost feel bad for the people in Portland, but then I remember they voted these assholes in office. Anyone that votes for a Democrat is as bad as the asshole they voted for. Fuck all Democrats.

tfort
tfort

If you are not going to do your job, you don’t deserve a paycheck or your gun & badge. Go stand around on someone else’s $, not ours. Pathetic.

Were are your morals? I blame these cop’s parents for teaching them to be fat & lazy.

Hero? Run to the gunfire? Warrior? No - just your regular good for nothing cop.

Propolice
Propolice

Oregon has crumbled along with California, NJ, NY and Washington State. Give them their sanctuary cities and all the illegals and let them fend for themselves financially. They’ll be crying and begging for help.

Diwee
Diwee

These spineless Antifa POS are not in my town. I troll for them with my Trump shirt and Trump 2020 hat, just waiting for one to do anything at all. All I get is compliments! BTW, that is Dothan, AL. Come and try something!

b1rd
b1rd

😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

Dude you're funny.

Bob H
Bob H

I'm afraid the cops have been neutered. They have families too, and unless they follow the policies of the department, they are looking at time off or termination. When the city hires a council that protects the left to no end, and the police chief serves at the will of the council, the street cops are in a no win situation. I would imagine the street cops would love to end this crap but have no back up from their supervisors or city hall.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

How is this bar not firebombed ? Pantee-fa are an incendiary group.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Hate to say it, but it appears the police in Portland have been compromised by the left leaning mayor, and politicians. So, at what point is the mayor going to stop these masked thugs from doing what they are doing? Sooner or later someone is going to get killed by these people, or they are going to get killed in self-defense and at that point it will be too late. Or. is this just what the mayor wants so they can blame all the violence on the right? Its about time the press took some lumps for not reporting the dangers of the Portland Antifa, and the mayor's hobbling of his police force.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

Hmm, the media has perpetuated this crap by sensationalizing it and now it has come back to bite them in the (Y), well the face too!

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

I think when fights like that break out, just let them have at it w/each other. Who cares what they do to each other? As for so called journalism, they could use a few whacks for what they consider ‘reporting’ today. No sympathy. These sad days, police need police protection from the rabid, mob mentality Libbies.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

They should change their names from ANTIFA to he Brown Shirts. They act just like them.

joeinsonoma
joeinsonoma

Portland is being run by people that hate the idea of arresting anyone for violence. Wow.

Delicate Honkey
Delicate Honkey

The opportunity to shatter Andy Ngo's jaw with a drop forged pipe wrench should go in a tourism brochure for Portland.

Maro87
Maro87

Antifa are just a bunch of insecure pussies who can't fight on their own and thus need to be in groups. An example of which is in this story where he hit the filmaker and ran away. I love it when it they get their asses kicked by bikers or others who actually are tough. Pick a fight with me antifa and I'll send you to the hospital and then to the dentist!