In Portland, a march and vigil was held for Patrick Kimmons, who was shot and killed by police after he allegedly shot two people and pointed a gun at the police.
The group, which included members of Kimmons’ family, gathered near a memorial supporters have set up near Southwest 4th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street, at the parking lot where the shooting occurred.
“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.”
Whether this was an instance of police needlessly murdering a black man or a righteous shoot isn’t at all clear. Ascertaining facts seems to be archaic in such matters, now that sides are drawn by nothing more than the color of the deceased. While the death should never be taken lightly, and this killing must be subject to scrutiny, the propriety is determined by the facts rather than blind faith, whether for or against Kimmons.
But this march along city streets, the same ones used by other people to get wherever they were going, created a conflict. What to do with all those people who would drive their cars on the streets that the marches needed? Antifa to the rescue.
Many simplistically call the cops a gang. So would order imposed by the woke prove more enlightened?
— Brandon Farley (@FarleyFilms) October 7, 2018
Much as there is good reason to question, to challenge, the conduct of police whenever anyone dies at their hand, would the black-shirted mob of social justice serve us better?
“Just go that way,” a female protester told a driver who had rolled down his window to talk. When he purportedly asked why, she responded, “Because I told you to.”
“Yeah brother, yeah you little white little f*er,” a man, who appeared to be white himself, yelled while approaching the vehicle. “The First Amendment. Get the f* down the road.”
There is a curiosity here, as the battle lines are clearly drawn by denigrating a driver for being white, which has become an epithet in itself to the woke. Is this the better world?
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