So, I don't condone violence towards people... unless it's in self-defense. Then, by all means, please be as violent as you must be to secure your life and those around you. That is a part of the very rights the Second Amendment is supposed to protect. With that said, I ran across a video on Twitter by Brandon Farley, who professes "I shoot and edit video of disruptive events in downtown Portland, Oregon." Farley was covering the Patrick Kimmons vigil. Kimmons was shot in the back and killed by police who claimed they were responding to shots being fired as they were on patrol. While I have no problem with people protesting, including those who do so peacefully under the umbrella of "Black Lives Matter," we all know that there have been tons of BLM protests that have been anything but peaceful. However, what if you are an elderly man simply driving on the street and these protesters are bashing your car in, jumping on the hood and yelling at you? What do you do?
One man did this.
Somehow, I think if Portland had "Stand Your Ground" laws, and this gentleman was carrying, we wouldn't have to be worrying about a few of these animals in this life anymore, and truly, there would have been some social justice on display as not only this man's property was being attacked, but his very life threatened.
Farley also captured other videos of what took place in Portland during the protests. He started putting them out after the September 30 protest. Take a look.
As you can see, one protester told a pedestrian, "You should feel guilty for being white." As if someone can change the color of their skin or that they should be ashamed or feel guilty about the way God made them.
These people completely took over the streets.
Then, that absolute insanity of white people calling other white people "whiteys" and "little white supremacists" because they simply didn't believe these protesters had any authority to tell them where they could or could not drive on streets.
They even attacked little old ladies in wheelchairs.
Like I said, I've actually seen a few BLM protests in which there was peaceful protest, but the bulk of these are filled with provocateurs, and that was no different in Portland a week ago.
"We're not here to riot. We're here for justice," said Charles Kimmons, a family member. "We need to fight this all the way to the end. These cops need to be locked up."
Yet, take a look at these videos. Clearly, some people protesting didn't get Kimmons message or don't believe it.
His mother, Letha Winston, wrote on a Gofundme page: "My son's murder will be justified and the officers more than likely will not be reprimanded. This pain has to stop! I wouldn't wish this reality on anyone. The police hide behind their badge and pledge of service, feeling as though that gives then the right to kill, shooting my son 16 times in the back. My son is not the first, and unfortunately god forbid not the last."
If you are unaware of the story of Patrick Kimmons, The Oregonian reports:
Kimmons was shot shortly after 3 a.m. Sept. 30, when the Portland Police Bureau said Sgt. Garry Britt and Officer Jeffrey Livingston heard gunshots from inside their vehicles, parked near.
At the other end of the lot nearer to Southwest Third Avenue, there was a fight and a shooting, leaving two men wounded. Police then saw Kimmons turn toward them or head their way holding a gun, sources told The Oregonian/OregonLive.
The officers yelled commands and fired at Kimmons with their handguns, striking him in the upper torso and leg. Between the sergeant and officer, 10 to 12 shots were fired.
Police are awaiting forensic analyses from the state crime lab on a revolver found near Kimmons and four other guns recovered at the scene, but suspect Kimmons shot the two other men at the scene, the sources said.
Some may justify such a shooting, but KATU adds what The Oregonian failed to report to their readers.
Initial reports state Officer Jeffrey Livingston and Sergeant Garry Britt were on patrol in the area when they heard gunfire. Police said two people were injured in that initial shooting -- they were both taken to the hospital in private cars with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Britt has been involved in at least one other police shooting in 2012.
According to police, the officers arrived at the scene and ultimately fired at Kimmons. No word on his role in the initial incident, or what led up to the officer-involved shooting.
Kimmons was also taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
Investigators said they recovered multiple guns at the scene, including a firearm that was reportedly found near Kimmons.
Family told KATU Kimmons was shot in the back several times while running away from police. Police have not said how many shots were fired or what exactly caused them to fire their weapons.
Some reports claim that Kimmons was shot up to 15 times in the back. That information has not been made clear.
Still, the response of people who were protesting to those doing them absolutely no harm stresses the animalistic behavior of some of these people. They have no self-control, no sense of morality or love for their fellow man. These are, no doubt, the same criminals you see in the annual videos documenting the rabidness of Black Friday, affectionately termed "Running of the Sheep."
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