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PPB Change Story With Patriot Prayer Roof-Top Terrorists

Recently(Oct. 15th), the Portland Police Bureau's top brass told reporters that officers had encountered several individuals with loaded firearms prior to an August 4 protest organized by Patriot Prayer, a right-wing activist group. The officers did not charge or arrest the individuals because they all had permits allowing them to carry a concealed weapon, but they did confiscate the weapons. Deputy Chief Ryan Lee told reporters the individuals were associated with Patriot Prayer.
Yesterday(Oct. 15th), the Portland Police Bureau's top brass told reporters that officers had encountered several individuals with loaded firearms prior to an August 4 protest organized by Patriot Prayer, a right-wing activist group. The officers did not charge or arrest the individuals because they all had permits allowing them to carry a concealed weapon, but they did confiscate the weapons. Deputy Chief Ryan Lee told reporters the individuals were associated with Patriot Prayer.
Now, less than 24 hours later, PPB's telling a different story.
According to PPB spokesperson Christopher Burley, a sergeant encountered four men hanging out on the top floor of a parking garage located about three blocks from Salmon Springs Fountain—where the Patriot Prayer protest was expected to take place later that day. The men had three rifles—all in cases and all unloaded—with them and had ammo on hand.
"The men told the sergeant they were going to stay at the garage and act as a quick extraction team in case any of their group was injured during the demonstration," said Burley.
Going against Lee's retelling of the event, Burley said the sergeant did not confiscate any of the rifles.
"In consultation with the City Attorney's Office, the sergeant told the men to store the weapons in a locked storage container in the back of the pickup and place the ammo away from the weapons in a different part of the truck," said Burley.
So, essentially: A sergeant encountered a group of men who brought rifles and ammo to a predictably violent protest in downtown Portland, and told them to just put the ammo in a different part of their car.
What makes this more troubling is that, according to Burley, since "there was no imminent danger to the public," no police reports were written about this incident.

Perhaps that's why Burley and Lee's stories contradict each other: There is no actual recording of the encounter to go off of.

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'OD' previously posted PPB's anti-First Amendment *lies* to Portland Indymedia. 18.Oct.2018 21:19

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 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/10/436740.shtml#454076


it was not a "cache" (as City of Portland and Portland Police Bureau *lied* about, and 'OD' previously posted to this newswire)


- guns were NOT "loaded"
- one firearm was disassembled
- only 3 total
- all were in cases

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/10/436740.shtml#454076


ACLU-Oregon is against the City's new proposed anti-First Amendment ordinance (which will be challenged in Court of law).

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Portland wants to curb the First Amendment to stop Proud Boys from brawling with antifa

By Tess Owen Oct 16, 2018

Updated Oct. 16, 4:37 EST: In response to a public outcry after the Monday press conference, Portland Police Department released a statement that seemed to contradict Mayor Wheeler's characterization of what far-right protesters were doing on a roof of a parking garage just before an August rally. Rather than police encountering a "cache" of weapons, as Wheeler had said, police said there were only three firearms, all in cases, none loaded, and one disassembled; that the individuals had the proper permits; and that the police did not confiscate the guns.
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ORIGINAL STORY: After a series of violent street clashes between rival political factions, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, is proposing an emergency ordinance that would limit when and where people can demonstrate.

For years, political tensions have been simmering in Portland, long viewed as a bastion of First Amendment activity and left-wing activism. But in the wake of yet another violent flare-up between far-right protesters, including Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys, and anti-fascists over the weekend, and after learning that right-wing groups positioned themselves on a rooftop with a "cache of firearms" at an August rally, Mayor Ted Wheeler now seeks to rein things in before they get any worse.

At a Monday press conference, Wheeler announced the ordinance, designed to curb First Amendment activity and put restrictions on demonstrating, and said it's currently in draft form being reviewed by attorneys. Wheeler is bringing it to the city council for approval on Wednesday.

"There's some basic ideals that we should be able to agree on as Americans: We don't tolerate violence on our streets. Violence is not and has never been a legitimate means to a political end," said Wheeler, a Democrat. "There's now a clear history of two or more groups in particular seeking each other out in the streets of our community. This violence has escalated. Public safety is at an increased risk."

Officials also said that during the Aug. 4 free speech rally, police encountered members of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing protest group headed by former Senate candidate Joey Gibson, positioned on the rooftop of the garage with a cache of guns, including "long guns." Police briefly confiscated the guns but didn't make arrests, and they returned the guns later on.
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Reporters at the press conference asked why the public was only being made aware of this discovery more than two months after the fact, given that it may have informed people's decision whether to attend future protest events. "Hindsight is always perfect," Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said. "We've pushed out a lot of information regarding our concerns for potential violence, as we receive the information. We push out information as it becomes available to us, and we do the best we can with that."

Wheeler also referenced another Patriot Prayer rally early in the summer that was declared a riot after it devolved into street fights and led to the hospitalization of four people, and a brawl last year involving 50 to 60 people.

"I will not allow continued planned street violence between rival factions to take place on the streets of Portland," Wheeler said.

Read: Gov Cuomo calls for FBI and New York hate crime investigation into Proud Boys violence

The ACLU of Oregon has already spoken out against the proposed ordinance, which is expected to be finalized Wednesday. "We have serious concerns," Mat dos Santos, legal director of ACLU-Oregon said in a statement posted to Twitter. "Perhaps worse than the legal issues it raises, is that this ordinance is being sprung on the public with little notice as an emergency measure that will take effect immediately."

Dos Santos said he expects Wheeler's proposal to do the opposite of the desired effect.

"We suspect that this rushed proposal will be met with public outcry and demonstrations," dos Santos said. "And, inevitably, this ordinance will get challenged in court. To be clear, we already have laws against street fighting and violence."

"There's a strong First Amendment free speech commitment in this town. There's a long history of protests, and police not knowing about them in advance. But that's been more from the Left. The involvement of the Right is new," said Robert Liebman, a sociology professor at Portland State University who specializes in political and social movements. "This thing is not going to go away. Both sides are dug in; therefore, pressure is being put on the council to do something."

There's a deep suspicion among antifascists that Portland police is in bed with groups like Patriot Prayer, and the fact that Police Chief Outlaw withheld information regarding the cache of weapons discovered during the Aug. 4 rally has only inflamed those suspicions. Antifa groups have resurfaced an interview with Outlaw on a conservative talk radio station weeks after the rally, in which she discusses armed leftist protesters who were throwing smoke bombs with no reference to the cache of firearms. "What, really, could be the purpose of a rooftop weapons post except to murder anti-racist protestors if PP judged it necessary?" Rose City Antifa tweeted.

Read: Neo-Nazis are giving Black LIves Matter and antifa a reason to work together

But groups like Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys position themselves as allies of law enforcement, and have been critical of Wheeler, a Democrat, who they say has enabled antifa activity. "Patriot Prayer planned a peaceful demonstration in portland to show their disgust for Ted Wheeler allowing domestic terror group #Antifa to block traffic and cause mayhem," they tweeted on Saturday. "Like usual, they showed up to silence free speech and start fights. They lost, as usual."

Wheeler says that his ordinance will be "reasonable and content neutral," and won't target one side or the other. "This is not a partisan issue. This is not about ideology," Wheeler said. "This is about delivering a strong, principled and unified message that we will not tolerate violence in our community."


"but they did confiscate the weapons" — NOPE. 18.Oct.2018 21:21

'OD" *still* can not get it right.

Rather than police encountering a "cache" of weapons, as Wheeler had [previously] said, police said there were only three firearms, all in cases, none loaded, and one disassembled; that the individuals had the proper permits; and that the police did not confiscate the guns.

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/10/436740.shtml#454076