We Tried to Obtain Footage of Michael Reinoehl's Killing. Police Say It Doesn't Exist - 2020-09-16
The four law enforcement agencies involved in the killing of Michael Reinoehl, the man who appeared to admit to shooting and killing a right-wing protester at a pro-Trump rally in Portland earlier this month, say they do not have any video footage of the incident.
That apparent lack of footage is critical, considering that the narrative of what happened during the attempted arrest of Reinoehl in the town of Lacey, Washington, is so confusing. An eyewitness interviewed by VICE News said he did not see Reinoehl pull a weapon; U.S. Marshals, who led a fugitive task force arresting Reinoehl, initially said he drew his weapon on officers and was subsequently shot. (The Marshals told VICE News that "per policy, we cannot comment as this is an ongoing investigation.") The Thurston County Sheriff's Office (TCOS), which was not involved in the shooting but is investigating the Reinoehl killing, clarified that he had a handgun at the time of his death, but the TCOS wasn't yet sure whether he drew or fired it.
President Trump has described Reinoehl's killing as "retribution."