Portland has had protests for 50 straight nights. This Portland Officer is sharing his perspective and it’s enlightening.
The situation in Portland, Oregon has continued to deteriorate after nearly two months of nightly protests which often include property destruction and violence.
The Oregonian recently posted a video to YouTube chronicling some of the actions of protesters.
In one of the most bizarre cases of the new wokescold eradication of statues, protesters destroyed the statue of an elk that was donated to the city in 1900.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 2, 2020
Last night, antifa rioters in downtown Portland celebrated and cheered the arson attack on the elk statue near the Justice Center. pic.twitter.com/DujvtDwMtG
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 3, 2020
How much do you want to bet that those people cheering in the video that the statue of an elk has been torched are against animal rights activists?
This is what’s left of the Portland elk fountain after antifa militants set it on fire two days ago in the name of BLM. The flames severely damaged the base of the statue, causing the city to remove the elk over fears it could topple & injure someone.
No one was arrested. pic.twitter.com/gTpYPZga7L
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 3, 2020
The fountain where the statue stood has become a place where things are burned in protest regularly. The city then cleans it up in the morning. Reporter Andy Ngo regularly posts videos of the cycle of destruction and restoration.
Militant antifa have again gathered outside the Justice Center in downtown after attacking a courthouse yesterday. They’re moving barricades into the street & are burning US flags in the fountain that used to house the elk statue before it was torched. pic.twitter.com/BUe2slkZfX
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 4, 2020
Out of things to burn by the Portland federal courthouse, antifa in downtown have set a homeless person's sofa on fire. It is engulfed in flames by the former elk statue. pic.twitter.com/Ume1SyPCug
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 6, 2020
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 13, 2020
#Antifa started a large fire where the Portland elk statue used to be. They burnt a US flag in the flames. Every night they start fires, vandalize everything in the area & leave a mess. The city cleans in the morning & the cycle starts again at night. pic.twitter.com/hlnUYq42ef
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 16, 2020
Activists have set up their own “autonomous zone” where police are unwelcome.
Antifa in Portland set up walls and barriers in the street outside the federal courthouse to claim their own autonomous zone, calling it “CLAT” for “Chinook Land Autonomous Territory.” pic.twitter.com/ntQQPfCZAR
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 15, 2020
Federal troops have been sent in to protect federal buildings that have been the targets of protesters. Those Federal troops are now clearing out protesters and enforcing the law.
With that as the backdrop, Portland Police decided to share the perspective of one of their officers who is a part of the Rapid Response team that has been coming face-to-face regularly with protesters.
Officer Jakhary Jackson was interviewed by Lt. Tina Jones during a press availability session also attended by Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
Officer Jackson’s perspective as a black police officer is exactly precisely what conservatives would expect. He says that the BLM protesters are predominantly white and that he is often shouted down by them. They don’t seem to want Officer Jackson to talk to black protesters even when the protester approaches him and initiates the conversation.
A black Portland cop has slammed ‘hypocritical’ crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters which include less minorities than the police force they are coming face-to-face with at demonstrations…
…Jackson, who has served in the department for about a decade, shared his thoughts as a member of a rapid response team responding to demonstrations almost daily since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
JACKSON: I got to see folks that really do want change, like the rest of us that have been impacted by racism. And then I got to see those people get faded out by people who have no idea what racism is all about, who never experienced racism. It says something when you’re at a Black Lives Matter protest and you have more minorities on the police side than you do in a violent crowd, and you have white people screaming at Black officers.
Officer Jackson says that the loud faction of protesters that are trying to silence and shame law enforcement officers–especially those who are not white. He finds that rather ironic.
‘I had been, when I was young, at a party and I got jumped by a group of white people,’ he said. ‘Me putting this uniform on doesn’t erase that history that I’ve had.’
He commended some of the protesters he has met, and was supportive of their calls for police reform.
‘I go to see folks that really do want change like the rest of us that have been impacted by racism, he said.
However, their efforts, he said, were ‘faded out by people that have no idea what racism is all about. Never experienced racism.
‘They don’t even know that the tactics they’re using are the same tactics that were used against my people and they don’t even the history,’ Jackson said. ‘They don’t know what they’re saying.’
Jackson, a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in history, said the situation was ‘actually frightening.’
Source: Daily Mail
Officer Jackson also noted that the first photo that he saw of a business that was damaged in the protests was one that was black-owned. His reaction to that photo was, “I’m like ‘They’re not even from here.'”
Watch a clip of Officer Jackson’s thoughts:
Portland Police Officer Jackson Speaks Out against Racist White "Protesters" pic.twitter.com/qnrgWdMv0L
— Brandon Farley • Portland Protest Reporter (@FarleyMedia) July 9, 2020
An audio clip of the interview was posted to YouTube by the Portland Police Department.
Watch the full interview with Officer Jackson here:
Officer Jackson is out there saying the things that need to be said and good on him for doing it.
We can’t completely dismantle police departments because of a small number of “bad cops” that aren’t representative of the vast majority of law enforcement officers.