Almost two months into nightly anti-police brutality protests in Portland, the city continues to burn — literally on Saturday night.
Portland, Ore., police declared a riot late Saturday after protesters allegedly broke into the Portland Police Association building and set a fire, which was quickly put out, according to officials.
Videos from the incident:
Ppa is on fire. pic.twitter.com/GPP1HdZmoc
— Griffin – Live from the Justice Center (@GriffinMalone6) July 19, 2020
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 19, 2020
Police decided to attack the Antifa rioters:
Law enforcement got serious about ending the ANTIFA riot shortly after the Portland Police Association building was burned. pic.twitter.com/3zzN83YyHN
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) July 19, 2020
But one heartbreaking moment was ignored by almost every news outlet.
A brave black man who was holding the American flag decide to confront the angry Antifa mob all by himself!
The man is a former Marine Gabriel Johnson from Portland.
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) July 19, 2020
After a new fence was erected around the Hatfield Federal Courthouse following intense clashes between protesters and federal agents in recent nights, people gathered around it as one man tried to decorate the fence with American flags.
Gabriel Johnson of Portland said he served 8 years in the Marines.
“I have tremendous PTSD. So 85 flash bangs and tear gas in my apartment is very triggering, and part of that trigger and one way to stop it is to be about change,” Johnson said. “We deserve better. We deserve to be brought together.”
But the flags became a flashpoint to those who see it as divisive or a symbol of oppression. One woman even glad one of the flags and threw it to the ground. Others debated what it means to them.
This will start happening more and more. The silent majority has been waiting while we watch this build-up. But eventually, enough is enough.
Natalie Dagenhardt is an American conservative writer who writes for Right Journalism! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington. She is a “constitutional conservative”.