Watch How Quickly Police Take Down Mob During Portland Riot


For months now, dangerous riots have torn apart cities across the country.

The violence began as a response to the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. According to the medical examiner, Floyd, who was black, had consumed a potentially lethal amount of the drug fentanyl before a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.

Although the rioting and looting have ceased in most cities, Portland, Oregon, is still enduring nightly violence.

On Wednesday, however, the city’s police said enough is enough.

Sergio Olmos, a journalist for Oregon Public Broadcasting, captured video of Portland officers decked out in riot gear clearing out a mob of rioters holding shields.

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Sprinting at the crowd, the group of police quickly dispatched the Portland ne’er-do-wells.

It’s nice to see the police finally freed to take control of the city’s streets.

In the next video posted by Olmos, the officers could be seen arresting dozens of suspects.

WARNING: The following video contains vulgar language that some viewers may find offensive.

The quick, efficient takedown of the rioters is a welcome sight for Americans who have been fed up with the senseless violence.

That being said, in a way, the police’s quick work is troubling as well.

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If it was this easy to stop the rioting, couldn’t they have done it a long time ago, rather than waiting for the 91st consecutive night of violent demonstrations in Portland?

During the first few months of the nationwide violence, if government officials had been more pro-active, perhaps all of the senseless violence, destruction of businesses and lives lost could have been prevented.

Unfortunately, for most of that time, the majority of left-wing politicians and establishment media personalities downplayed the violence, describing the demonstrations as “mostly peaceful.”

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In a way, that description is accurate — there were likely many more peaceful protests than hate-fueled riots. In any event, those protests continually led to riots and often gave cover for the rioters.

After a few nights of that happening, protesters could have drawn a line and condemned the rioters if the violence continued.

That never happened. Police forces across the country, in most cases, never cleared out the rioters in their cities. That delay led to unnecessary suffering.

Now, at least, Portland officials are finally starting to do the right thing.

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including numerous original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of supervising staff reporter. His responsibilities now include directing the reporting team.
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