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Patriot Prayer founder: Man shot, killed in Portland was a supporter

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who was fatally shot after supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with left-wing protesters on the streets of Portland was a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, its founder said Sunday.

Joey Gibson, head of the group based in Washington state, told The Associated Press the man who was shot to death Saturday night was a “good friend,” although he did not identify him.

Gibson said he was also in Portland on Saturday night when the Trump supporters clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters downtown. Gibson arrived at the scene of the shooting shortly after it happened and video from the scene showed he was briefly corralled in a nearby gas station by angry protesters.

“I can’t say much right now. All I can do is verify that he was a good friend and a supporter of Patriot Prayer,” Gibson said of the shooting victim in a text exchange. He said he would make a fuller statement later Sunday.

Police issued a plea for any information related to the killing, including videos, photos or eyewitness accounts. The shooting happened about 15 minutes after a caravan of about 600 vehicles that were part of a pro-Trump rally left downtown.

It wasn’t clear if the shooting was related to the clashes between Trump supporters and counterprotesters in Portland, which has become a flashpoint in the national Black Lives Matter protests since George Floyd was killed in May and an increasing centerpiece in Trump’s law-and-order re-election campaign theme.

Police have not released any information about the case but said they were aware of videos on social media that showed the shooting.

“It is still early in this investigation, and I ask everyone to give the detectives time to do their important work before drawing conclusions about what took place,” said Police Chief Chuck Lovell.

“If anyone can provide information about this case, I ask them to please reach out to our detectives. This violence is completely unacceptable and we are working diligently to find and apprehend the individual or individuals responsible.”

An Associated Press freelance photographer heard three gunshots and then saw police medics attending to the victim, who appeared to be a white man. The freelancer said the man was wearing a hat bearing the insignia of Patriot Prayer.

Police said the man was shot in the chest. He was not immediately identified. It’s unclear who shot him.

Portland has been the site of nightly protests for more than three months since the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis. Many of them end in vandalism and violence, and hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested by local and federal law enforcement since late May.

In the two hours following the shooting, protesters gathered downtown and there was sporadic fighting and vandalism, police said. Ten people were arrested, police said.

The caravan had arrived downtown just as a planned protest was getting underway. The chaotic scene came two days after Trump invoked Portland as a liberal city overrun with violence in a speech at the Republican National Convention. The caravan marked the third Saturday in a row that Trump supporters have rallied in the city.

The right-wing group Patriot Prayer has a history in Portland and has repeatedly rallied supporters for pro-Trump rallies beginning in 2017. The group was founded by Joey Gibson and is based in Washington state; supporters periodically cross into Oregon for rallies and marches.

Counterprotesters have squared off with Patriot Prayer and other right-wing groups such as the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters multiple times in the city since Trump’s election.

Photos and videos taken late Saturday show Gibson arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting, but it wasn’t immediately clear why he did so.

On Sunday, Trump issued a flurry of tweets and retweets including several that blamed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler for the death and one in which the president appeared to be encouraging his supporters to move into Portland.

“GREAT PATRIOTS!” Trump wrote as he shared video of his supporters driving into Portland to confront the protesters.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf blamed local officials for failing “to protect their communities.”

“I’m asking Portland officials, so that’s the mayor, that’s the governor and that’s local law enforcement, to do their job to address any violent activity that is occurring in their streets,” Wolf told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Wolf said the federal government was prepared to send agents to Portland and other cities to protect federal buildings and assist police.

Wheeler also came under fire Sunday from some in his own city who have been angered by comments he made earlier this month criticizing violent demonstrators and saying they were helping Trump with his re-election. The mayor, who is also the police commissioner, has also been faulted for letting Portland police use tear gas on multiple occasions.

Several civil rights groups and protest coalitions called on Wheeler to resign. He is currently running for a second term.

“This could all have been prevented and there were 100 different decisions that could have led us on a different path,” said Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

Wheeler was expected to hold a news conference with Lovell, the police chief, at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT) on Sunday.

When federal agents increased their presence in downtown Portland in July, the city saw some of the largest protests of the summer, with thousands of people turning out nightly. The crowds dissipated after the agents withdrew and State Police agreed to protect federal buildings for a two-week period.

Trump and other speakers at last week’s Republican convention evoked a violent, dystopian future if Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden wins in November and pointed to Portland as a cautionary tale for what would be in store for Americans.

The pro-Trump rally’s organizer, who recently coordinated a similar caravan in Boise, Idaho, said in a video posted Saturday on Twitter that attendees should only carry concealed weapons and the route was being kept secret for safety reasons.

The caravan had gathered earlier in the day at a suburban mall and drove as a group to the heart of Portland. As they arrived in the city, protesters tried to stop them by standing in the street and blocking bridges.

Video from the scene showed sporadic fighting, as well as Trump supporters firing paintball pellets at opponents and using bear spray as counter-protesters threw things at the Trump caravan.

The Black Lives Matter demonstrations usually target police buildings and federal buildings. Some protesters have called for reductions in police budgets while the city’s mayor and some in the Black community have decried the violence.

Crime And Courts / Government-politics / Oregon-Northwest / Top Stories

The Associated Press

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      1. It’s not what Democrats want but it is what you got when you voted for Trump, along with almost 190,000 dead, a pandemic he still will not acknowledge, economic disaster after almost a decade of growth initiated by the previous administration, and the constant trampling of law and the Constitution. But it is what it is. Trump/Putin 2020

        1. Move along with your fake/overhyped virus: https://local12.com/news/coronavirus/cdc-94-of-covid-19-deaths-had-underlying-medical-conditions-coronavirus-centers-for-disease-control

          Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.

        2. What planet are you on? Our economy soared under Trump . . . until the Democrat spawned fake “pandemic” and it’s already soaring again! BTW, the CDC just announced that 6% of the “pandemic” deaths were attributable only to COVID. The rest had serious underlying conditions of and average of 2.5 underlying conditions per death. That’s right in line with the average yearly death toll from the “common” flu.

          1. I really wouldn’t call 180,000 lives “faked.” As I replied elsewhere on this site, you should educate yourself on how a virus works. It might, just might, get you to understand a bit of basic biology. By the way, 40% (according to CDC) of us (you too?) fall into the “underlying conditions” category.

        3. LMAO! Obama created no growth! his economy didn’t grow 3% during his entire 8 years. He did nothing for the black community and created the worst racial division in recent history.
          And you are now saying that it’s ok to kill those who appose your ideologies? Good to know.

          1. Actually he had 3 quarters where growth reached 4%. In the last 3 years of his presidency the economy averaged 206,000 jobs per month. Under beig fat failing donnie the orange it averaged 187,000 jobs per month for the first 3 years, then of course it totally tanked into the biggest contraction in history. The dow was trading at 6,800 when President took obver from yet another failed republican president. Dow was trading 13,400 when he left. All of this is per treasury department stats.
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            Sooooo you lose along with your failed New York City trust fund baby!!!
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            “he wrote me a beautiful letter and we fell in love” Your dear leader ahowing his homosexual tendancies.
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            “Americans can now sleep better at night because north korea is no longer a nuclear threat” More excellent leadership through lying!!! What failed hillbilly regressive like you loves about big fat lyin donnie!!!
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        1. “Drain the Swamp” sound familiar?
          “Cut taxes” sound familiar?
          “Bring companies and jobs back home” sound familiar?
          “Energy independence” sound familiar?
          “Cut burdensome government regulations” sound familiar?
          “Upgrade our deteriorating military” sound familiar?
          “Get out and stay out of senseless wars” sound familiar?
          “Make other nations pay their fair share” sound familiar?
          “Improve the VA and Veterans Care” sound familiar?
          That’s just a few of the things in the Republican platform . . .

          1. The only thing that’s drained the swamp are the LE who tried, and in most cases, convicted trump’s buddies.
            My taxes went up.
            How are the unemployment numbers right now?
            How many vets are homeless? How many others get
            their meds via the post office that trump wants to get rid of?
            Why are we so far behind the Asians and Europeans in handling the virus? “It’s a hoax”
            How about his promise to balance the budget. “It’s easy”
            “The price of meds is coming down”
            “I’ll get us better health plan”

            1. They’ve really got you wanting a one world order and no freedom! You don’t know what you have until it’s gone! You need to wake up and see what’s going on!

          2. Sound familiar!!
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            “The virus is way down and will be gone soon”
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            “its just one person coming in from China, we have it totally under control, everything is going to be just fine”
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            “Its all a hoax to make look bad before the election”
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            “Hyrdoxychloroquine will be the greatest game changer in the history of medicine”
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            “We will have a vaccine very soon”
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            “I didn’t know the flu killed people”
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            “anyone who wants a test can get a test”
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            “The virus will go away, like a miracle it will be gone”
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            “the federal government has tremendous control of the virus”
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            It’s contained”
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            “When you have 15 people. And the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done,”
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            “Americans can sleep better at night because North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat”
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            “he wrote me a beautiful letter and we fell in love”
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            Golf and a whore anyone!!! trump putin 2020!!!! HELSINKI PROUD!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!
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            Soooooooo much winning sweetie!!!

  1. This story is already being erased. It was first reported as a Trump supporter killed a black person. Then video was released showing the victim hunted down and murdered. Now… It’ll be flushed down the memory hole along with the BLM and antifa murders of Italia Kelley, David Dorn, Dave Underwood and many other victims of these groups.

        1. Reading comprehension is not your strong suit. Barney said he didn’t report it here. I confirmed that KTVZ did not report that. The “Trump supporter kills black man” was blasted all over antifa and BLM tweets. When it turned out it was a PP guy the BLM and antifa goons had a street party celebrating their comrades murdering him. And always the “Fox news derp” quip. You don’t have to watch any news channels to get facts on the ground. All you have to do is pay attention to the antifa BLM feeds and they film themselves committing their crimes for all to see.

      1. How is it Trump’s fault when Kate Brown and Ted Wheeler have told Trump they will take care of it and for Trump to stay out of it? Anyone with a teaspoon of common sense can see that!

  2. “It wasn’t clear if the shooting was related to the clashes between Trump supporters and counter protesters in Portland”. If was the other way around would this statement have been made?

  3. If these Biden supporters don’t stop the violent actions against America we will be in an actual civil war, a shooting war.
    These Marxist criminals need to understand that they DO NOT want an actual toe to toe battle with the right.
    They will lose.

    1. Actually, the Marxist do want a toe to toe battle! But, they want the battle to be between Conservatives and Liberals. Meanwhile, the Liberals are too stupid to realize they are being manipulated by the Marxists. It’s the same thing with BLM . . . They are being manipulated by the Marxists and they’re too stupid to understand what’s happening.

  4. This is clearly Kate Brown and Ted Wheeler’s neglignce that is to blame! The CDC fixed the covid19 death toll numbers today, less than 10,000 Americans have actually died from the covid19. The other 143,000 that died had 2-3 other medical conditions. Think about that, they shut down the economy for pure political reasons! It’s all a hoax folks!

  5. (Portland has been the site of nightly protests for more than three months since the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis.) The police didn’t kill George Floyd! George Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose. According to the Medical Examiner Autopsy report.
    https://www.dailywire.com/news/medical-examiner-concluded-george-floyd-likely-died-of-fentanyl-overdose-court-docs-reveal?itm_source=parsely-api%3Futm_source%3Dcnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=082720-news&utm_campaign=position1&fbclid=IwAR3v04c8ezJaH1Hm_GMGZfhBzi4wKVqehKkO2NHO4Bfpkqb2q-fP-2vAYaU

  6. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Christian who was fatally shot after left-wing rioters clashed with Conservatives on the streets of Portland was a supporter of the group “Patriot Prayer”, its founder said Sunday.
    * THERE, I FIXED IT FOR YOU *

  7. Street gangs fighting and killing each other for near 100 straight days now.

    A mayor who call 9-11 when it is his swanky neighborhood under fire.

    A govenor whose Hubris knows no bounds and who is directly responsible for Portland being systematically destroyed, business by business, block by block, life by life.

    We are on the verge of seeing the Oregon National Guard activated under Title 10, U.S. Code, and sent in to Portland to stop this madness.

    And Brown/Wheeler can’t do a thing to stop it.

    Same emerging nightmare heading for Bend as these same grouos are already active and spoiling for a fight here.

    Wake up, Bend. This is not “peaceful protesting” and has nothing to do with George Floyd…Martin Luther King’s dream…or Trump vrs Biden.

    It is anarchy given license by impotent community leaders and ignorant community “activists”.

      1. I am not a Republican nor am I an advocate of Donald Trump.

        However, given I live downtown in Portland and have for ten years now –

        And watched, heard, witnessed nearly 100 days of looting, burning, beatings, and so on –

        I kinda feel my concerns and opinions, coming from the “front lines”, are a bit more objective than the emotional responses I’ve read so far.

      1. Ya not sure you get it Beej, this mans death was celebrated in the streets. Not sure that was happening with Summer, but by all means share the proof if you have it.

  8. Wheeler and the Portland Police have lost control of their city. Oregon was never in play, politically. There is no reason to continue the sham “protests.”

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