We were told it was all because federal officers came to town to protect the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, which the Portland Police and Oregon State Police failed to do. Clearly federal officers posted there incited the rioters, looters, and arsonists to attack the building, never mind the inconvenient fact that the officers traveled to Portland in response to what was already happening.
But the mainstream media had its narrative, and they ran with it.
After nightly protests and calls from the Portland mayor and Oregon governor to leave, as well as assurances from both that the courthouse would be protected, the federal officers withdrew.
Now, for some unknown reason, the protesters are back! They made their way to the federal courthouse, launched commercial-grade fireworks at the building, and started fires. The Oregon State Police and Portland Police declared it a riot and the crowd moved to a nearby police precinct where they continued the onslaught. The authorities again declared it a riot, so the crowd went back to the federal courthouse… and set more fires, as well as threw fist-sized rocks, eggs, cans of paint, and other projectiles at police.
That’s when the authorities launched tear gas.
Hmm. Maybe, just maybe, the riots, vandalism and arson have nothing to do with federal officers at all. It could be that the perpetrators feel emboldened because they suffer no consequences. Just a thought.