Portland Police Are Giving Up On Policing The Far-Right - 2020-08-25

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F364.png Portland Police Are Giving Up On Policing The Far-Right August 25, 2020, Andy Campbell, Huffington Post

One of them — notorious Proud Boys organizer Alan Swinney — was seen pointing a gun at protesters, his finger on the trigger. Another Proud Boy, Tusitala "Tiny" Toese, was present, per the Post, in apparent violation of his parole over an attack at a similar demonstration in 2017 (he wasn't apprehended on Saturday, but a judge on Monday issued a warrant for his arrest ).

But over the weekend, police took an entirely hands-off approach to the fighting, even as the demonstrations grew more violent than ever. As officers stood by on Saturday, the Proud Boys and their far-right friends attacked and intimidated anti-fascist protesters using paintball guns, mace, fireworks, aluminum bats and various firearms, according to The Washington Post .

It's common to see far-right extremist groups like the Proud Boys exchanging blows with counterprotesters in Portland. They've been doing that for years, often as PPB officers watched until a riot was officially declared and then police cleared the streets using tear gas and other munitions.

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