Source: Gregory Hoyt
PORTLAND, OR – Following the decision by a grand jury to not indict the officer who fatally shot a man in Lents Park this past April, Antifa rioters decided to engage in some “direct action” on October 1st – setting fires and committing various acts of vandalism.
While the city of Portland played host to rioters during the weekend, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that his “work to be a feminist is not done”, capitalizing on the Women’s March.
On September 24th, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced that a grand jury had decided to not indict Officer Zachary DeLong regarding the April 16th fatal shooting of 46-year-old Robert Delgado.
The shooting happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. after Portland Police responded to calls about a man at Lents Park with a firearm. Delgado was roughly 90 feet away from officers when he was instructed to put his hands up and get on the ground.
Instead of complying, Delgado continued to yell at officers and produced what appeared to be a firearm. Officer DeLong fired at Delgado after he pointed the firearm at officers. However, following the shooting, the firearm that Delgado produced turned out to be a replica gun.
Nevertheless, based upon the circumstances of the shooting, the grand jury found no criminal culpability with the officer’s actions – which is reasonable when officers on scene during the incident clearly didn’t have the luxury of assuming Delgado was toting a fake gun from such a distance.
But in what has become the norm for Portland, Antifa militants sent out a rallying call on Twitter to “bloc up” and engage in “direct action” at the Multnomah County Justice Center (which the flyer referred to as the “injustice center”) on the evening of October 1st.
In typical fashion, rioters engaged in vandalism and arson in the name of “Justice for Robert Delgado”, with the deceased’s sister Tina even being photographed while reportedly leading chants that were parroted by Portland’s brand of black bloc miscreants.
Video was captured of a fire set in the middle of the street, with chants of “fuck 12” being captured.
Graffiti was also on the menu during the evening of October 1st, with the expected “Justice for (insert name)” being employed as well as anti-police slogans like “1312”.