After video surfaced of Antifa members blocking the road and chasing down cars, including that of an elderly driver, Portland’s mayor Ted Wheeler said he stands by the police’s decision to not intervene.
“I trust them. I believe them as the law enforcement professionals who have to weigh complex legal and safety issues, not only for the people on the streets but also for themselves,” Mayor Wheeler tweeted.
I was appalled by what I saw in that clip and I support the decisions of the @PortlandPolice. I trust them. I believe them as the law enforcement professionals who have to weigh complex legal and safety issues, not only for the people on the streets but also for themselves. -TW
— Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) October 12, 2018
Video taken during the incident showed members of Antifa in the middle of the road to protest the police shooting of Patrick Kimmons, who was killed earlier this month.
The Oregonian reported police presence was “minimal” during the protest, with officers “seen monitoring the protest from a block away.”
Watch the video below:
Portland Protesters Directing Traffic. ?⚠️?
[October 6th, 2018 – 5pm – SW 4th and Harvey Milk formerly Stark st.]#PatrickKimmons #Antifa #BlackLivesMatter #BLM #DontShoot pic.twitter.com/5FS7Flaukl
— Brandon Farley (@FarleyFilms) October 12, 2018
Kent Houser, the 74-year-old driver in the above video, told The Oregonian he was trying to leave the area as fast as possible.
“When you have an angry mob yelling at you and beating on your car you just want to get out of there,” he said.
“I saw them, they saw me, and they rushed my car,” he explained. “Admittedly, I might have given them the one-finger salute when I rolled up.”
Protesters accused Houser of trying to run them over.
“If I was really interested in running someone over, I could have just gunned the engine and that guy would have been under my car,” Houser said. “He would have been toast.”