When we watch protests most of us do not know those protesting and can sometimes view the incident with a somewhat remote interest and hope no one gets hurt. I am sure everyone have heard about the incident in Portland Oregon this past weekend? They have been going on for the past three months. A close friend of mine’s daughter live in the city and that makes a difference in the level of emotional involvement. Her mother and I has been watching the incidents unfold there and hoping she stay out of harms way. These situations can turn violent and volatile moods can change very quickly. Which they did Saturday.
A police crackdown on protesters in downtown Portland on August 4, sent one woman to the hospital after being hit in the arm and chest with a “flash-bang” grenade police launched into the crowd.
The event involved two groups of protester whose demonstration left several others bloodied and bruised, but the violence was not as severe as at a previous rally that evolved into a riot on June 30.
Portland is a city that has a long history of civil unrest dating all the way to the 1800’s whereas many cities has improved over the years that doesn’t seems to be the case there.
The gun laws there are terrible. Just this past Feb or March a man shot a homeless with mental incapabilities saying it was self-defense.