March 16, 2021
Seattle has seen its fair share of street violence in the past year. We published a boots-on-the-ground story last summer when journalist Jason Mattera reported on the savage social-justice experiment known as “CHOP.”
It’s happening again, as Seattle radio host Jason Rantz writes about for us today.
Now, peaceful protesting is fine… but rampant destruction is not…
Here at American Consequences, we try to stay impartial most of the time… bringing you the truth rather than injecting our opinions on either side of the story.
Whatever color your political blood runs… red or blue… there seems to be a bias in this country’s media coverage and treatment of certain protests from one side of the political coin to the other.
Here’s Jason’s latest on what’s happening in the streets of Seattle and Portland right now…
Antifa’s Violence Needs to Be Condemned, Not Ignored
After nearly eight months straight of relentless violence in Portland and Seattle, the political protest group Antifa took a brief intermission. But they’re back for their second act… And with the trial over George Floyd’s death underway, the violence will only escalate. Yet the media is disinterested in meaningful coverage of the ongoing civil unrest, and politicians are too scared to fight back.
Portland experienced familiar Antifa violence last week and throughout the weekend. During a Thursday rally last week, purportedly in support of indigenous people, dozens marched, demanding we “abolish ICE” and “protect the land, end America.” This protest was mainly non-violent, although they attempted to break into a Chase bank, and a security guard pulled his gun in defense.
Hours later, radicals were ready to unleash a torrent of violence under the cover of night.
Roughly 60 black-clad radicals descended upon the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown. They pulled down wooden boards protecting the exterior of the building, and used them to start fires (boards that had been removed three days earlier, but were quickly replaced after it was clear the courthouse was still a target). Federal officers used tear gas and non-lethal munitions to push Antifa back.
Police were better prepared Friday night…
After an Antifa mob destroyed property within minutes of their direct action, police moved in quickly with a tactic known as “kettling.” Police surrounded the mob, detaining them during an investigation of a crime (vandalism and blocking traffic). Their damage, consequently, was kept at bay.
Meanwhile, a “black block mob” tried to storm downtown Seattle on Saturday. The action stemmed from an earlier rally in memory of Breonna Taylor, marking the anniversary of her controversial killing during a police raid. After they destroyed a Starbucks storefront and threw objects into the road blocking traffic, bicycle cops swarmed the crowd to contain them.
Rather than swiftly condemning the violence in either city, media outlets and politicians have spent the last 10 months either ignoring, downplaying, or even defending the violence.
But if MAGA supporters even look at a member of Congress the wrong way, CNN, MSNBC, and other outlets go into breaking QAnon coverage, while progressive activist groups demand investigations and arrests.
Outside of Fox News, most media outlets vacillate between treating Antifa as a myth or an idea. But when it comes to QAnon, it’s treated as a movement… even though it’s a discredited and insane conspiracy theory. The disparate treatment on the national level is astounding… In truth, it’s not much better on the local level, either.
KOIN news station in Portland pretended what happened last Thursday was merely a protest and framed its coverage around law enforcement’s reaction with the headline, “Tear gas used by feds amid protest outside Hatfield Federal Courthouse.” This headline implies the federal government unjustly used tear gas for a peaceful protest, when the reality is there was a mob of 50 to 60 angry protestors vandalizing properties and setting fires in the streets.
The Oregonian and Oregon Public Broadcasting relied on “independent journalists” to cover the Friday night incident. Yet the independent journalists they rely on are almost always supporters of the movement, whose focus is to criticize the use of kettling rather than the vandalism itself.
The Seattle Times skipped coverage of the Saturday night destruction on its website as of Sunday afternoon, with scant coverage from the local TV networks. Though 13 people were arrested, KING 5 TV managed to omit coverage entirely from its website.
Why do these riots and destructive rallies continue?
It would be convenient to point to the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for his alleged role in the death of George Floyd. Antifa and other agitators took to Twitter to decry what they believe will be an inevitable light punishment (if any at all) for Chauvin.
And as I mentioned above, the weekend riots centered around the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s killing.
While these events are what Antifa radicals use to justify their direct action, they’re not the real reasons why they’re destroying cities again. The answer is much simpler… because they’re allowed to.
These radicals are seldom punished for their crimes, and the culture of lawlessness has emboldened them.
Unless the crime is especially egregious, prosecutors in both Multnomah County, Oregon and King County, Washington announced they wouldn’t prosecute. What message does that send? That so long as you keep your criminality to destroying businesses and federal property, you’ll get a pass? Consequently, that’s the exact behavior they engage in.
What’s worse… Instead of being punished, they’re rewarded. Politicians in the Pacific Northwest have handed mobs huge policy wins. In both Portland and Seattle, police saw dramatic cuts, part of last year’s “Defund the Police” movement that Antifa forwarded.
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Both the Portland and Seattle city councils voted to defund their respective police departments, though not to the 50% demanded by activists. Still, the departments took significant financial hits. Portland’s police lost its Gun Violence Reduction Team, and Seattle cut its Navigation Team, a specialized unit of police and social workers that address the city’s crippling homelessness problem.
The consequences were predictable for both cities…
It turns out that when you cut the Gun Violence Reduction Team, gun violence isn’t reduced. 2020 was Portland’s deadliest year in more than a quarter century. 2021 is shaping up to be no different, with 20 gun-related homicides so far. And at the same time last year? Just one.
Similarly, Seattle saw a 26-year-high homicide rate in 2020. And this year may be on pace for similar numbers. Reports of rape are climbing, and crimes associated with homelessness (like drugs and theft) are reaching every corner of the city.
The fact that crime rates are rising is not important to Antifa… They blame crime on the very institutions they seek to destroy. To this group, a shooting or robbery is viewed as a failure of the capitalist system that has pushed people to commit the crime.
Antifa wraps itself in the Black Lives Matter movement to help justify their destruction, and the media and politicians allow them to do this. But the simple fact remains… Antifa members hate this country and are seeking to dismantle every institution they can.
BLM pressure has simply given Antifa the opportunity to go after the police and jail systems, both of which they openly want to abolish. And until there’s an overwhelming police force with prosecutors willing to prosecute, Antifa will continue to spread their destructive chaos. And in the coming weeks, they’ll use the Chauvin trial as a new excuse.
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March 16, 2021