A riot was declared in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, after Black bloc rioters vandalized local businesses and the police precinct.
Thursday night’s violence escalated from a demonstration that was organized to call for justice in the officer-involved shooting death of 26-year-old Jacob Ryan McDuff on Wednesday. Public records and a social media account use MacDuff as the spelling for his last name.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Tigard Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in the suburb southwest of Portland. Officers attempted to arrest McDuff on domestic violence charges after an investigation.
“MacDuff was inside his vehicle, and officers said he had a knife,” the Oregonian reported. “Police said they tried to take him into custody, and he refused to surrender. Tigard police shot and killed MacDuff during the struggle to arrest him, according to Tigard police.”
The shooting occurred at about 5:50 p.m., nearly two hours after police arrived at the apartment.
Despite an investigation into the officer-involved shooting by the Washington County Major Crimes Team already underway, a protest erupted Thursday night.
Police said about 100 individuals gathered in Tigard, a city in Oregon with a population of about 55,000, at around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. The anti-police protest escalated to the point where Black bloc rioters vandalized the Tigard police headquarters.
The rioters smashed the windows and doors of the police precinct. On the outside walls of the police station, someone spray-painted “ACAB,” an acronym for “All Cops Are Bastards.”
The rioters made their way to the downtown business area, where police say they blocked traffic, destroyed storefronts, and sprayed graffiti on private and public property. Tigard police declared the unrest to be an unlawful assembly, and shortly after, declared a riot.
Vandals spray-painted the words “STOP KILLING PEOPLE AND WE WILL STOP RIOTING” at the entrance to a State Farm Insurance building, KOIN reported.
The crowd dispersed by around 9:30 p.m.
Police arrested one person, 20-year-old Zane Saleem Bsoul, and charged him with one count of rioting.
The riot comes one day after Portland’s Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler was given a tongue-lashing and physically assaulted by left-wing malcontents while he was dining at a restaurant.
Portland has been dealing with regularly occurring protests and riots since late May.
Candace Owens Mulling 2024 Presidential Bid
“I love America,” the author said over the weekend on social media.
“Thinking about running for president,” she added.
Aubrey Huff, a former professional baseball player, said he would be Owen’s running mate if she runs.
Owens, 31, is a supporter of former President Donald Trump. She started the so-called “Blexit” movement to encourage black Americans to leave the Democrat Party.
Owens, who didn’t respond to an inquiry, would likely run as a Republican. The GOP has a slew of potential 2024 candidates, including Trump, several of Trump’s children, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
Owens has spoken about what she would do as president. At one point, she tweeted that she would make the punishment for burning a U.S. flag the renunciation of citizenship.
“No jail time, no fine—simply one year to liquidate your assets and get the hell out of our country. In exchange, we’d extend citizenship to a hardworking LEGAL immigrant,” she wrote.
Owens worked for the conservative youth outreach group Turning Point USA and currently hosts her own show on PragerU. Trump in 2018 said she “is having a big impact on politics in our country” and “represents an ever-expanding group of very smart ‘thinkers.’”
Owens previously told The Epoch Times that she feels the Democrat Party is “all about manipulating emotions.”
“Because when your policies don’t hold up, you need to have another way to get people to vote for you. And that’s emotionally. And, look, human beings in general are emotional. Most people will choose emotion, an emotional response to something above a rational one when pressed. And this is how they’ve been able to seize black Americans, how they’ve been able to seize minorities, how they’ve been able to seize women,” she said.
Owens also argued that black people have been sold a victim mentality by Democrats.
“It was Malcolm X that said that liberals will pretend to be your friend. And that’s exactly right. They pretend to be your friend. They come to you. They pretend they want to help, when in fact they’re hurting. The left, the Democrat Party does not want black America to ever get better because they stump on our issues every four years.
They can’t come to us and get us to be emotional if everything’s fixed. If our lives are better and our lives are improved, they’re going to have to come to us with just policies that would make sense,” she added.
Biden, Democrats get torched by their own for breaking $2,000 stimulus promise: ‘Never voting D again’
President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party were blasted by their own supporters over the weekend after the Democratic Party made it clear that Biden would be pursuing $1,400 stimulus checks in another coronavirus relief bill — not $2,000 checks like Biden and other Democrats promised.
While campaigning during the Georgia runoff elections, Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who both won their elections, made COVID relief a central campaign issue.
Biden did, too. While speaking in Atlanta the day before the election, Biden promised that if Democrats took effective control of the Senate by winning both runoff elections, $2,000 stimulus payments would be distributed to Americans immediately.
However, Biden broke that promise before ever taking office.
As TheBlaze reported, the details of Biden’s coronavirus relief package were made public about one week before his inauguration. Included in his plan are $1,400 stimulus checks — not the $2,000 checks that he promised. The lower amount is being attributed to the relief package passed in late December, which included $600 stimulus checks. Biden is calling the first check a “down payment” and is adding it to his proposal to achieve the $2,000 promise.
The Democratic Party solidified the lower amount on Saturday when it tweeted Biden’s $1,400 amount.
“@POTUS will build on the $600 down payment provided by Congress last year, sending an additional $1,400 to households across America, totaling direct payments to $2,000 per person,” the Democratic Party said.
The message was met with anger by Democrats and Democratic supporters, many of whom pointed out the clear contradiction between the current proposed amount and what was promised by Biden, Ossoff, and Warnock.
One person replied with a picture of a Warnock campaign ad that promised $2,000 checks, saying, “Where does this say $600 down payment + $1400 check?”
Another person pointed to Biden’s own words, which promised $2,000 checks.
- “i canvassed my ass off for y’all in georgia and you turn around and treat us like we’re stupid,” another person said.
- “The Democratic party deserves to go extinct,” one person said.
- “Y’all promised $2000 checks if you won the Senate, what’s this ‘down payment’ bulls***? I’m not selling you a car, I’m trying to keep a roof over my head and food on my table,” another person responded.
- “I can’t believe you’re going to give up a generation of voters over $600 which was already a fraction of what other countries provided for their people,” another person replied.
- “Build on a $600 down payment provided last year….lmao. Never voting D again,” one person vowed.
- “People don’t like it when you treat them like they’re stupid,” another person said.
- “Gaslighting the very people who trusted & voted for you,” another person responded.
With a bipartisan spirit, 10 Senate Republicans wrote Biden over the weekend with a COVID relief counterproposal. Their legislation would reportedly cost just $600 billion to Biden’s $1.9 trillion.
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