VIDEO: Portland Police Cede Control Of Streets, Let Antifa Threaten Motorists

Antifa and anti-police protesters blocked traffic and threatened drivers in downtown Portland on Saturday.

Portland, OR – Protesters and Antifa took over city streets in Portland on Saturday, where they blocked traffic, threatened drivers, and damaged an elderly man’s vehicle, cell phone footage showed (videos below).

It was unclear whether Portland police actually took any action quell the mayhem.

When asked for comment, Portland Police Bureau's said that introducing law enforcement to a crowd of people engaged in illegal activity could "change the demeanor of the crowd for the worse."

"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 told Blue Lives Matter on Monday afternoon.

"These events are dynamic and require the Police Bureau determine how to best respond," Sgt. Burley continued. "There are times that introducing law enforcement into an event may in turn change the demeanor of the crowd for the worse."

Many of the demonstrators were protesting the officer-involved shooting of documented Crip gang member Patrick “Pat Pat” Kimmons, KATU reported.

Kimmons, 27, was killed during a shootout with officers on Sep. 30, shortly after he was involved in shooting two people, police said.

Police recovered Kimmons’ handgun at the scene of the officer-involved shooting, Portland Police Department Spokesperson Officer Natasha Haunsperger told The Oregonian.

“His name is Patrick Kimmons!” a group of protesters with signs yelled on a street corner on Saturday, one video showed.

“He shot two people!” a shirtless man across the intersection shouted back at the crowd. “I don’t give a f--k what his name is…he’s a gang-banging, people-shooting motherf--ker!”

The man unsuccessfully tried to reason with the protesters, as they made their way towards him carrying Black Lives Matter signs.

“I live right here!” the man argued. “It happened right here!..Get your facts straight!”

“This is the type of street anarchy that routinely happens where I live,” journalist Andy Ngo wrote in a tweet along with videos of the chaos. “Here is video…showing Antifa directing traffic in downtown and threatening people who don’t obey with violence.”

“Mayor @tedwheeler, who really runs this town?” Ngo wrote.

According to Sgt. Burley, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler "did not provide direction" to the police department regarding the Saturday demonstration.

Cell phone footage showed a woman as she blocked a motorist’s path of travel and ordered him to turn right.

“Why?” the driver asked her.

“Because I told you to,” she responded.

A man in camo shorts then ran up to the driver’s window.

“Yeah brother!” he yelled at the driver. “Yeah ya little white little f--ker!..You’re a f--king little whitey, aren’t ya? The First Amendment. Get the f--k down the road.”

The woman who initially told the motorist to turn right then jumped back into the conversation, and complained to the driver that he was “blocking traffic” and that the people behind him were “getting p--sed” at him.

“You are a little whitey and supremacist!” the man in camo shorts chimed in. “We don’t need your KKK in Portland.”

At one point, the motorist appeared to be calling someone for assistance, but it was unclear whether he was on the phone with police.

The camera then panned down the street from the melee, and showed a uniformed motorcycle officer watching the scene from afar.

The protesters accosted other drivers as they proceeded through the intersection, and told them they were “lucky” that they didn’t hit anyone that was standing on the street.

Some of the demonstrators punched vehicles as they passed by, videos showed.

One video showed an elderly driver as he slowly pushed through the mob in a silver Lexus.

A protester threw himself himself in front of the moving vehicle in an apparent attempt to hold the car back as it scooted him forward through the intersection.

When the demonstrator finally jumped out of the way, the driver hit the gas and accelerated away from the crowd, who chased after him to the next intersection, the video showed.

“That’s f--ked up,” one protester said as she chased the driver down. “He’s gonna get his f--kin -ss beat!”

The white-haired driver stepped out of his car as the angry mob descended on him.

He jumped back into his vehicle as the demonstrators screamed at him and hit his vehicle.

Portland police said they have spoken to the unnamed driver, and that he said his vehicle sustained $3,000 in damages during the altercation, KATU reported.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.

When Blue Lives Matter asked Sgt. Burley how police responded to Saturday's protests, the answer was vague.

"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 said.

The bureau also confers with city and county prosecutors to identify legal issues "that may be applicable to the event, actions of event participants, and how the Police Bureau should or should not respond," he said.

"There are often times a multitude of factors to take into account," the sergeant said.

You can watch footage of the scene in the videos below:

Comments (56)
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andieiam
andieiam

So, don't make the bad guys angry? This is not police work.

The "chief" is a black female. That's all you need to know.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I would say this is unbelievable but then again it's Portland. What a mess.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Also the First Amendment was to protect people from prosecution for speaking out against the government. So they got that part of it right in a sense. But it does NOT protect absolute lawlessness, assault, and mob-rule. These people should be ashamed of themselves as the framers of the Constitution yet again roll over in their graves.

walkintall
walkintall

At the risk of being repetitive here, Portland is a sewer....No self respecting LEO would have anything to do with that place. I'm pretty sure that part of the problem is that they call themselves a "Bureau". Also, the chief of the "Bureau" is named Lawless. Appropriate, no?

JBo
JBo

"...introducing law enforcement to a crowd of people engaged in illegal activity could "change the demeanor of the crowd..."

Soooo, what's the cutoff? Murder? Arson? Robbery? Illegal parking? When should the officers take a stand...what's the line in the sand?

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

So they basically turned their cops into security guards?

njcountyofficer
njcountyofficer

A big factor here is that Mayor Wheeler is also the police commissioner and is known for his left wing and anti-Trump rhetoric, also for his interference in letting ICE do its job. Portland has been taken over by antifa and is allowed free reign since Portland is one of the most liberal cities in the country.

angeleyes
angeleyes

frickin' cowardly politicians. Take back the city, quit giving it over to the thugs who you let do whatever they want. harassing taxpaying citizens, threatening and even destroying their property. Good thing they didn't feel like assaulting or killing anyone, then what would you have done? If any other groups like KKK did this, you would be all over them, but because it's not in your political agenda you allow it. That poor little murdering thug victim who they're defending is being made into another martyr and you're letting them do it. unbelievable.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Bring in the federal marshals and take over this city if the local government won't protect its citizens.

deputydawg17
deputydawg17

Sounds like the cops are afraid to do their job. The inmates are running the asylum.

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

Portland Police command have turned yellow and letting the sewer scum run their town. Next, YELLOW STRIP down center of police cars .

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

What these idiots don't realize is that if we, as a society, give way to them now, then we are starting to tear down the foundations of our nation. If one person's rights don't end where another person's begins, but instead, keep on going, the way the protesters took over the streets and took over the rights of the motorists to use the roadways, then who will make the final determination on these rights? The law says the motorists are to use the roadway. Antifa said THEY will use the roadway. The police did not enforce that law. The poor motorists were left to their own devices.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Liberal cities no longer believe in the law. Anyone who lives and continues to pay taxes to these shitholes deserve what they get. Vote these people out of office and demand that the police enforce the laws, for all!

StephH
StephH

Their Liberals

Captain2
Captain2

Now we know why people want a CCW license for protection. But wait! Doesn't Portland prohibit CCW but tolerates Antifa and other anarchist groups? A 2 ton vehicle wins the law of physics every time over a 180 lbs. body in the road contest. Protestors need to stay off the streets. But the media will always back the stupid, angry protestor every time.

andieiam
andieiam

Is that a police officer at :59?

JDS
JDS

They wouldn't get in the way of my car. While they are exercising their 1st, I'll be exercising my 2nd Amendment Rights!!!!

amtexas
amtexas

This is what happens when you idiots keep voting for stupid liberal Democrats! they want this country to be like every freaking third world country Obama said it and these pieces of s*** or following Obama he said America shouldn't be any better than a third world country well guess what any city that is run by democrats that's what they are third world cities

ItchyZ
ItchyZ

Where are the law enforcement undercover people to infiltrate these criminal mobs???

Smiggles44
Smiggles44

Good thing I don't live in Portland. If I feel my life is in danger, someone is going under my car.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

Just how many laws did they break anyway?Tons and none enforced. Shameful that others are held back from freedom of movement.Nasty city fathers.

rwingjr
rwingjr

They have a right to "PEACEFULLY Assemble" not stop traffic and bang up cars. Police have an obligation to restrict them to that, but for several years police haven't been doing that. It's time to crack down on them all, and let them start paying for their crimes.

Moktor
Moktor

Anyone else curious as to why the right to bear arms is so important?

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

All that police explanation was double talk! A non-answer answer. Portland's mayor needs to do some serious "splaining Lucy"!

DocRyder
DocRyder

I wonder about the Portland PD reaction if the Tea Party did the very same thing...

Grog
Grog

WTF? Why have a police dept at all?

Jetpilot
Jetpilot

This is disgusting. I can’t believe we live in an age where this is allowed to go on.

Foundoutwest11
Foundoutwest11

This happened back in the sixties in a city of Watts and LA

Vcanejr
Vcanejr

OH I WISH ONE OF THESE SCUM ANTIFA WOULD TRY TO BLOCK A ROAD I HAD TO DRIVE ON.... I WOULD RUN THEM DOWN FASTER THEN CRAP.... THE POLICE MUST STOP THIS OR THERE WILL BE BLOOD....

JBo
JBo

Yeah...videos like those two just make me really want to move to Portland. Mob rule.

Bstn199
Bstn199

Thats pathetic on Portland PDs part, Antifa isnt practicing "free speach" when they block motorists from driving freely down the city streets nor is it "free speach" when they start hitting vehicles. Id say the top brass failed their officers and the city residents with this "stand down" order!! And these hoodlums protesting the death of a guy who had just shot 2 people, WTF is wrong with these idiots claiming black lives matter but ignoring the fact thug had probably shot 2 black people?!! Their lives dont matter I guess seeing a black thug shot them not the police? And whats wrong with these "white" protestors calling fellow white people "whitey, kkk,etc?? WTF is wrong with these kids today?

365
365

It's official. The Portland city administration is a willing accomplice to criminals. Law abiding citizens, and especially visitors from N.C., are on their own. If I were a member of Portland PD I would arrest as many as I could before they fired me. Then I'd go out as a private citizen and do what I could to protect the innocent public. This is beyond pathetic.

Jmayer
Jmayer

I can't believe those are really officers I would call "Brother". We are required to enforce the laws as they are written and those fools blocking the streets are breaking the law. You "Brothers in Blue" should be ashamed of yourself s and turn your gun and badge in and let someone that believes in the rule of law to have a job!!!!

twotwo
twotwo

WTF? I live in Southern Oregon (Thank God!), but I would like to know what us Oregonians and especially the honest people of Portland pay our taxes for if our own Police department isn't going to support us??

RPG156
RPG156

When the law isn't enforced, there is no law. And without laws, anarchy.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Gives a great view of Pottyland, where the evil doers have the streets to themselves. And that statement about intervention by law enforcement really sucks wind. The brass need to be canned and a real cop take over this shithole.

HH3
HH3

So sad that our LEO's are not allowed to or told not to enforce the laws for everyone!!!! How is it that some can block streets and vandalize others property without proper penalty? How are the "rights" of those driving on the streets superseded by those who desire to protest? I live just west of Portland and will do anything I can to stay out of the city. I have a son and his wife who live in Portland. I will NOT buy anything in that city. When we visit our family we buy all food, gas and anything else that we may need BEFORE going into that city. I will go without before spending one cent there. So sad to see where this and many other cities are heading. It's time for the "silent majority" to STOP being silent!! Go to city council meetings and let them know what you think about how things are being run. VOTE in just a few weeks. Those that will not stand up for everyones rights should be voted out of office!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Portland LEOs are a joke. They are sheep in sheep dog clothing. They should all resign and let the militia to restore order. And the mayor? That liberal scum's gotta go.

Zyonfyer
Zyonfyer

The first amendment provides for a PEACEABLE assembly and this is NOT a peaceable assembly. If you would like to let the Mayor know how you feel you can call his message board at 503-823-4127. You get two minuets to tell him what you think or feel.

Bud
Bud

It sounds like Oregon has become another California, ran by brain dead liberals!

LSJ
LSJ

Anyone remember the old Death Race movie? Sounds like time to film the live version.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

This looks like a job for.... Mr. Plow!