Overwhelmingly Outnumbered Man Stands Firm with American Flag, Challenges Portland Mob


A man carrying an American flag stood outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, and told a crowd of protesters that they did not “represent black lives” as they tore down a fence surrounding the building Saturday night.

Daily Caller reporter Jorge Ventura captured on video the standoff between the anonymous man sitting outside the courthouse and the Portland rioters tearing down the protective fencing surrounding the already vandalized building.

“If you stand for justice, come here and stand with me. Stand with me because I stand for justice,” the man said.

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“I’m not here to tear down this f—ing fence. I’m not here to spray paint,” he added.

He told the crowd that he lives in Portland and he is tired of the violent protests.

“It’s going on every day. If you don’t want to get gassed, stop! It has to stop!” he said.

Do you think the protests should be stopped by force?

“This is not peaceful. None of you represent black lives.”

There have been over 50 days of protests in Portland following the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for roughly nine minutes during an arrest, CNN reported.

While many protests have been peaceful, violent demonstrators have taken down fences and damaged federal buildings.

Additional video from Ventura showed protesters stacking the stolen fences against the courthouse doors and banging on the walls with hammers.

Portland police tweeted that the fences were being used as a barricade.

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Many officials have been critical of Portland police’s response to the protests, and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty accused them of collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security in an “aggressive clampdown of peaceful protest.”

Saturday’s incident was declared a riot after protesters broke into and started a fire in a Portland Police Association office building.

“As the crowd was dispersed, several people in the crowd were arrested and officers were able to extinguish the fire,” police said in a statement to Fox News on Sunday.

“Portland Police did not use any CS gas.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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