Connections exposed between far-right group and police in Portland, Oregon // By Kayla Costa
18 February 2019
A report from a local news publication reveals close connections between the far-right group Patriot Prayer and the police department in Portland, Oregon. The latest ties confirm the support provided to Patriot Prayer by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), which has been a regular feature of the provocations between the far-right group and Antifa-linked forces in recent months and years.
Through a public records request, Willamette Week journalists acquired hundreds of texts between Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Jeff Niiya and leader Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer, a right-wing chauvinist group based in the Pacific Northwest. Their communications included amiable and detailed discussions about upcoming demonstration plans, legal advice for Patriot Prayer members, and known individuals among the counter-demonstrations.
In an exchange of texts in December 2017, Gibson asked Niiya about the status of an active arrest warrant for another prominent Patriot Prayer member, Tusitala “Tiny” Toese. Lt. Niiya counseled Gibson, explaining that Toese would likely not be arrested, based on officers ignoring his warrant at previous events. “Just make sure he doesn’t do anything which may draw our attention,” the officer advised. “I don’t see a need to arrest on the warrant unless there is a reason.”
Milkshake Mythbusters //
But as WW first reported last week (“On Shaky Ground,” July 3, 2019), no one has shared photos, videos or other physical evidence of the rumored concrete concoctions.
Police now admit the bureau has no physical evidence to support the claim—and Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a press conference July 3 that she hopes it turns out the milkshakes were just milkshakes.
We had a lot of questions about the cement milkshake allegation.
Can quick-dry cement be mixed with sugary, frozen non-dairy ice cream? Would the mixture splatter like a milkshake? What would a cement milkshake even look like?
WW decided to find out. We bought a 50-pound bag of Quikrete from a hardware store in Northeast Portland and two vegan vanilla milkshakes from Burgerville. Then, we got to mixing.
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Text messages between Patriot Prayer leader, Portland cop spur calls for investigation – oregonlive.com
https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2019/02/text-messages-between-patriot-prayer-leader-portland-cop-spur-calls-for-investigation.html // Hundreds of texts, reported Thursday by Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury and later released on the Portland Police Bureau’s website, show a friendly rapport between Gibson and Lt. Jeff Niiya, a more-than-20-year member of the Portland Police Bureau. He routinely reaches out to protest leaders to learn what officers should expect during demonstrations. But the exchanges between Niiya and Gibson appear to echo concerns of critics who believe the Portland Police Bureau protects Patriot Prayer members and their affiliates during city demonstrations that often turn violent, and targets people opposing them. Some incidents cited by critics include several anti-fascist demonstrators being injured by flash-bang grenades released by Portland officers during an Aug. 4, 2018, protest of a Patriot Prayer rally in downtown Portland. Before that protest, Niiya texted Gibson that officers would move to keep Patriot Prayer members separated from people opposing them. “No patriots going to them no Antifa to you,” Niiya wrote. “If they get close we will be in between.”
El desfile, escoltado por agentes de movilidad de Santander en motocicleta y en el que también participaron menores de edad, estuvo encabezado por la bandera rojigualda de la España franquista –“bajo la que sufrieron represión y muerte cientos de santanderinos”, han recordado en las redes sociales– y formaron parte del mismo otras banderas fascistas como la rojinegra de Falange, el partido único del franquismo. “Asqueroso es poco, en un país normal esto estaría totalmente prohibido”, ha asegurado un usuario de redes sociales que ha informado de que “de chaval” tocó la corneta en la banda, de la que se fue cuando le “hicieron la encerrona”, pues “llevan años” protagonizando actos como el de ayer, según aseguró. // https://kaosenlared.net/fascismo-normalizado-en-santander/
Carothers, 53, appeared before Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge David Bragg where he pleaded guilty Monday to the fiery murder of Miller, who was his housemate at Frazier Young Supportive Living, a home for people with intellectual disabilities.
In March 2018, Carothers poured lighter fluid over Miller’s body while he slept and set him ablaze. Miller later died from his injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. His parents have filed a lawsuit against the assisted living facility, blaming the management for their son’s murder.
Justin Indiveri was arrested by Portland police on charges of menacing, disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon.
Indiveri approached a small group of protesters standing on the sidewalk, holding signs and shouting “Abolish ICE.” Video shows Indiveri yelled at the protesters and then pulled a knife out of his pocket.
In a video posted on Twitter by the Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, Indiveri threatens the protesters repeatedly.
“Say something when I’m walking away, and I will stab every one of you motherfuckers,” he shouted in video of the incident.
The person filming the video says Indiveri called himself a “white skinhead” when he first confronted the protesters. A Portland Police Bureau spokesman says officers have no information to suggest that the incident was a bias crime.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was removed from a high-ranking Vatican post following clashes with Pope Francis, is the longtime chair of an organization in Rome working with Bannon to create a far-right political institute.
“I disagree completely with a number of Mr. Bannon’s statements regarding the doctrine and discipline of the Roman Catholic Church,” Burke said in a statement posted to Twitter Tuesday, highlighting Bannon’s endorsement of letting priests marry.
Burke also said, “I have never worked with Mr. Bannon in his organization,” and that he has only met with him “on occasion to discuss Catholic social teaching regarding certain political questions.”
Burke issued the statement in response to a post published June 24 on the anti-abortion LifeSite News that said Bannon had proposed making a movie of the book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by left-wing French journalist Frédéric Martel. The book is based on years of reporting and describes an underground gay culture that allegedly pervades the top levels of the Vatican hierarchy.
Chair of the Multnomah County Republicans Will Represent Patriot Prayer Leader in Civil Lawsuit – Willamette Week – The owner of Portland ciderey and pub Cider Riot sued Gibson after his followers showed up at the business May 1 seeking a confrontation with antifascist demonstrators. Fights broke out and were captured on film outside the bar.
James Buchal, who heads the Multnomah County GOP, will represent Gibson in the civil suit, which seeks $1 million.
Groups from every corner of the conservative movement are enjoying the fulfillment of long-held wish lists, which is why right-wing leaders—including Trump’s evangelical cheerleaders—will do anything for him, and tolerate or actually cheer anything he says or does, no matter how base or cruel.
Recall that when Trump jumped into the presidential race, it wasn’t as a movement conservative. His candidacy was an ego-stroking power trip that followed the demagogic path cleared by right-wing authors, radio hosts and TV pundits who had primed millions of Americans to resent “illegal aliens” and “political correctness” and not to trust the “liberal media.”
Trump likes to believe he’s the genius who created the conditions for his own victory. It’s true that he brought the strongman bombast his followers love, but the conditions for his success were created by a massive infrastructure of think tanks, media outlets, and political organizations funded for decades by right-wing foundations and wealthy conservatives. Alongside and overlapping that movement is the Religious Right, which spent decades building its own infrastructure and effectively taking over the Republican Party from the bottom up.