Portland, Oregon, is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes between a right-wing group and self-described anti-fascist counterprotesters who have pledged to keep Patriot Prayer and other affiliated groups out of this ultra-liberal city.
A rally organized Saturday by Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson was expected to be the third to roil Portland this summer. Two previous events ended in bloody fistfights and riots, and one counterprotester was sent to the hospital with a skull fracture.
This time, Gibson changed the venue from a federal plaza outside U.S. District Court to a waterfront park so some of his Oregon supporters can carry concealed weapons as they demonstrate. Chartered buses will bring participants from Vancouver, Washington — where Gibson lives — to downtown Portland with armed security on board.
A woman wearing an anti-Trump T-shirt climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day, sparking a mass evacuation of Liberty Island and a nearly four-hour standoff with first responders before she was taken into custody, officials said.
The protester, identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, 45, was seen scaling the base of the statue about 3 p.m., moments after the group Rise and Resist formed a protest against Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Liberty Island.
PITTSBURGH –– Dozens of protesters shut down traffic in downtown Pittsburgh during morning rush Tuesday in a continuing call for justice over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager,. Marchers have disrupted the city repeatedly in the week since 17-year-old by a white police officer in nearby East Pittsburgh.
The diverse crowd marched through Pittsburgh on Tuesday with arms locked and chanting, “Who did this? The police did this!” and “Three shots to the back, how do you justify that?” They had refrained from protesting Monday out of respect for the family.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that a group started gathering shortly before 7 a.m. and that family members spoke briefly before the group marched toward downtown Pittsburgh.
- doubleh412@parsecs_12 “Pennsylvania law allows police officers to use deadly force to prevent someone from escaping arrest if that person has committed a forcible felony, possesses a deadly weapon or if the person has indicated he or she will endanger human life or inflict bodily injury if not arrested.” The investigation is obviously not complete, but from what we’ve heard so far none of these criteria apply to this young dude who, for one reason or another, decided to run. Maybe it wasn’t the best decision, and perhaps it will turn out he was the person they were looking for, but the shooting has been ruled a homicide and Antwon shouldn’t have been shot in the back by a professional trained to know better. Regardless of his possible guilt, that is for a court of law to determine, the same way a court should decide this cop’s fate. We do not need erratic, trigger-happy cops on our streets.
- ayodeleshaihi@parsecs_12 Some people run when they are afraid. Fear doesn’t mean guilt. Think about times that you have been afraid and how you responded. Fear doesn’t mean you deserve to get shot in the back. Have compassion for others who might act differently than you.
On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a new policy mandating that players and league personnel on the sideline stand during the playing of the national anthem.
This is designed to address the controversy surrounding players kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of symbolic protest for criminal justice reform and police brutality directed at African-Americans, among other causes.
Here’s the catch: the NFL gave players and league personnel the option to remain in the locker room if they don’t want to stand.