Portland Police chief wants to ban masks after Antifa terror, but also thinks cops shouldn’t act if outnumbered

The Portland police chief had to speak to reporters about the anarchy on her city’s streets after the months of chaos caused by violent extremists pretending to oppose fascism who have wrecked the city’s downtown area and attacked people with impunity and without consequences.

In her press conference, Police Chief Danielle Outlaw argued for a law banning the wearing of masks by demonstrators in the commission of a crime. “We cannot allow people to continue to use the guise of free speech to commit a crime,” she said. “A lot of people are emboldened because they know they can’t be identified.”

That’s a pretty minor change, because it basically would mean you only enforce this after the fact, if they committed an unlawful act. Like, you know, beating someone with a crowbar. But even so she was attacked by the ACLU and Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz for being unwoke, so, there goes that.



The rest of the presser was garbage, as Jazz Shaw mentioned at Hot Air. Look at this, from Oregon Live’s coverage:

If officers are outnumbered when violence breaks out, though, it doesn’t make sense to send in officers who could be injured, Outlaw said.

“There are barriers to what we’re doing because we don’t have strategic resources to get ahead of these things,” the chief said. “Every demonstration we’ve responded to is reactionary. … We need strategic resources to get ahead of this before it starts so it’s not even allowed to happen in the first place.”

Doesn’t make SENSE? That’s their JOB. Does it make sense to leave citizens in their cars outnumbered? People on the streets? The CITY is outnumbered. It’s your job to get in there and PROTECT that city.

What the heck??

Outlaw also wants permission for police to record entire protest events, not just portions they catch once something starts to go wrong. Makes sense. Raises the question “WHY CAN’T THEY DO THAT ALREADY” but of course the reason is the lunatics in masks who beat people in the face with crowbars think it’s a violation of their rights. They think they’re being SPIED on. Which is also the rationale they offer for attacking people like Andy Ngo in the first place.

There are some good ideas in here. Too bad their buried in crap.

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54 thoughts on “Portland Police chief wants to ban masks after Antifa terror, but also thinks cops shouldn’t act if outnumbered

  1. Outlaw argued for a law banning the wearing of masks by demonstrators in the commission of a crime.

    Yes, because criminals busy bashing a guy with a homemade blackjack are going to take their masks off first in order to legally comply.

    This is as stupid as any purported ban on guns. What a pointless showpiece.

    If officers are outnumbered when violence breaks out, though, it doesn’t make sense to send in officers who could be injured, Outlaw said.

    That’s literally your primary job, cops.

    If the choice is between an innocent civilian being injured (OR KILLED), or a cop – it’s the cop. And before any of you Blue Lives handwringers start flipping out that I think these guys are paid to be bullet sponges, let’s not forget how badly you lost your minds at the coward who hid instead of helping the Parkview kids.

  2. The Police Chief has the right name “Outlaw.” If she doesn’t do what is necessary to restore the rule of law then she IS an “outlaw”.

    1. Ain’t that the freaking truth? They cant secure their own streets and protect their citizens? What kind of place is this?

  3. No reason for law enforcement to be outnumbered when we have a National Guard. These idiots need to be arrested and DOXed so their mommies and daddies will know where they’ve been.

  4. Hmmm, National Guard anyone?

    Water cannons? Tear gas? Rubber bullets?

    FREAKING RULE OF LAW, anyone??!!!

    Stupid Leftists have crapped all over their city and now they don’t know how to clean it up.

  5. These liberals want the unrest in the streets so they can blame Trump. This will continue and get worse towards the election. At some point they will harass the wrong person and that could be interesting.

    1. @jamesmadison Interestingly, that Wikipedia page was edited 10 days ago. Lots of SJW crap all over that profile. Nothing good that I saw.

  6. “We need strategic resources to get ahead of this before it starts so it’s not even allowed to happen in the first place.”

    In other words…’WE NEED MORE MONEY, before we can protect our Officers’. BS. They know what to do, you are hindering from doing the job they were trained to do.

    Arrest the terrorist thugs and show anyone else who is contemplating doing likewise, that there will be CONSEQUENCES TO THEIR ACTIONS.

    Many battles have been won in the past with only a few good guys on the battle field. It’s time to rise above the circumstances and defend our men and women in Blue. They deserve our respect and it’s our duty to demand they are protected as they serve us.

  7. Wheeler makes me long for that good old American solution to tyrannical government officials. Tar and feathering.

  8. This must be some of that work for the government privilege because if I went to my employer and said I can’t do my job for whatever reason I get fired.

  9. What good is a mask law? They aren’t going to obey that law so they can get caught violating other laws with far graver consequences.

  10. This must be some of that work for the government privilege because if I went to my employer and said I can’t do my job for whatever reason I get fired.

  11. “We need strategic resources to get ahead of this before it starts so it’s not even allowed to happen in the first place.”

    In other words…’WE NEED MORE MONEY, before we can protect our Officers’. BS. They know what to do, you are hindering from doing the job they were trained to do.

    Arrest the terrorist thugs and show anyone else who is contemplating doing likewise, that there will be CONSEQUENCES TO THEIR ACTIONS.

    Many battles have been won in the past with only a few good guys on the battle field. It’s time to rise above the circumstances and defend our men and women in Blue. They deserve our respect and it’s our duty to demand they are protected as they serve us.

  12. These liberals want the unrest in the streets so they can blame Trump. This will continue and get worse towards the election. At some point they will harass the wrong person and that could be interesting.

  13. Wheeler makes me long for that good old American solution to tyrannical government officials. Tar and feathering.

  14. What good is a mask law? They aren’t going to obey that law so they can get caught violating other laws with far graver consequences.

    1. @jamesmadison Interestingly, that Wikipedia page was edited 10 days ago. Lots of SJW crap all over that profile. Nothing good that I saw.

  15. That city is run by idiots. Does the police chief not coordinate with surrounding cities? Usually police seek assistance from surrounding cities, state police, national guard.

  16. The Portland Police Chief’s name is “Outlaw”…

    How perfectly fitting & ironic for this situation

  17. Wow,that Deputy sheriff down in Florida who refused to enter that school and possibly save many lives would be a hero in the eyes of this Police Chief.

  18. How about the Portland Police chief ask the mayor to call in the National Guard instead of telling their outnumbered officers to not act?

  19. No reason for law enforcement to be outnumbered when we have a National Guard. These idiots need to be arrested and DOXed so their mommies and daddies will know where they’ve been.

    1. It is. If you want to get counted on their voting rolls, you have to provide proof of residency and ability to menstruate.

  20. That city is run by idiots. Does the police chief not coordinate with surrounding cities? Usually police seek assistance from surrounding cities, state police, national guard.

  21. Outlaw argued for a law banning the wearing of masks by demonstrators in the commission of a crime.

    Yes, because criminals busy bashing a guy with a homemade blackjack are going to take their masks off first in order to legally comply.

    This is as stupid as any purported ban on guns. What a pointless showpiece.

    If officers are outnumbered when violence breaks out, though, it doesn’t make sense to send in officers who could be injured, Outlaw said.

    That’s literally your primary job, cops.

    If the choice is between an innocent civilian being injured (OR KILLED), or a cop – it’s the cop. And before any of you Blue Lives handwringers start flipping out that I think these guys are paid to be bullet sponges, let’s not forget how badly you lost your minds at the coward who hid instead of helping the Parkview kids.

  22. The Police Chief has the right name “Outlaw.” If she doesn’t do what is necessary to restore the rule of law then she IS an “outlaw”.

    1. Ain’t that the freaking truth? They cant secure their own streets and protect their citizens? What kind of place is this?

  23. Hmmm, National Guard anyone?

    Water cannons? Tear gas? Rubber bullets?

    FREAKING RULE OF LAW, anyone??!!!

    Stupid Leftists have crapped all over their city and now they don’t know how to clean it up.

  24. The Portland Police Chief’s name is “Outlaw”…

    How perfectly fitting & ironic for this situation

  25. Wow,that Deputy sheriff down in Florida who refused to enter that school and possibly save many lives would be a hero in the eyes of this Police Chief.

  26. How about the Portland Police chief ask the mayor to call in the National Guard instead of telling their outnumbered officers to not act?

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