PDX Protest — Day 41
Well, we had our second set of gunshots. Into the air. Nobody got hurt. Much more prominent than the first time, not being overshadowed by a big action elsewhere in the city.
And let me tell you, it fucking stinks.
Very low turnout. Prolly lots of people soured by the infighting of the night before. Didn’t have that tone last night, though. It was super chill until a white CUV was seen circling the blocks and swerving a bunch.
It pulled up in front of the Pedestal and tried to make a U-turn. People were worried it was gearing up to ram and so they rushed to surround it. (I’ve never really been sure how this is supposed to deter someone from running into protesters.) The passenger door opened before this rush somehow — never saw the moment of its opening, nor anyone exit the vehicle.
There must have been some conversation had, but all I heard was someone saying “Get the fuck in the car!” from videos shot on the driver’s side, and “Get the fuck out of the road!” through a megaphone in videos shot from the passenger’s side. There wasn’t a heated argument or anything. It honestly seemed pretty calm considering the situation. One Black guy climbed into the back seat, and another Black guy closed the door behind him.
Then, as the dude drove off, as calmly as he had turned around, he fired a revolver into the air six times.
Everyone was shaken, obviously. Everyone except the cops. They did nothing. Six shots were fired into the air between two ferociously-defended government buildings, posing a very clear “life safety risk,” and no police presence whatsoever. It wasn’t until a half hour later that some unmarked cruisers were seen circling the blocks.
PPB statement is that nearby officers unsuccessfully tried to locate the vehicle, and that they couldn’t immediately canvas the area for evidence because of the protest — which is entirely inconsistent with previous nights. They’ve shown themselves to be not at all shy about dispersing crowds when they determine a life safety risk.
Those are the two things that really don’t add up: the calm of the driver/shooter and the lack of police response.
The fact that it was a revolver is pretty convenient, too, cuz it means no ejected casings.
Whether the cops follow up on this will be telling, because there’s very clear video of the vehicle’s plates, which they could link to the registered owner and get an address to go knocking at.
I’m assuming that they won’t, given their lack of response in the moment. The question for me is whether the driver was himself from Law Enforcement or whether the LEOs are being hands-off so long as the life safety threat is not directed toward them or their buildings. Or if there’s just something else I just haven’t considered yet.
Regardless, most of who was there cleared out fast after that, and I’d be surprised if there is much of a showing tonight.