Saturday BLM protests unfolded across the country on Saturday, with tensions flaring in major cities including Portland, Seattle, Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky.
H/T: Zero Hedge
The Seattle Police Department announced on Friday that residents and business owners are essentially on their own, after the City Council banned the use of pepper spray and other 'less lethal tools' to disperse crowds.
“Simply put, the legislation gives officers NO ability to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd,” reads a letter from Seattle Chief of Police, Carmen Best. “Seattle Police will have an adjusted deployment in response to any demonstrations this weekend – as I will never ask our officers to risk their personal safety to protect property without the tools to do so in a safe way,” he added.
The Seattle police chief is sending out letters telling residents: "We cannot enforce the law. You are on your own." pic.twitter.com/89jyezSBMS— Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) July 25, 2020
Crowd continues to throw/launch mortars and rocks at officers near 11/Pine. Police continue to make arrests and work to clear the area.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020
They are trying to retake the CHAZ https://t.co/IgOIP1LFOu— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 26, 2020
Meanwhile, in Chicago:
Hundreds of Chicago protesters chanting “Breonna Taylor” and “George Floyd” as they march through downtown. pic.twitter.com/RITjbsgjvI— Grace Hauck (@grace_hauck) July 25, 2020
Hundreds of protesters in Chicago chanting “Latino lives matter” and “Black women matter.” Protest passing Madison and Michigan pic.twitter.com/YqbUADaSJF— Grace Hauck (@grace_hauck) July 25, 2020
Protesters chant “we love you” after people can be heard knocking inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago. pic.twitter.com/IleGsRTBYV— Grace Hauck (@grace_hauck) July 25, 2020
Louisville dealt with opposing, armed militia groups who came with in yards of each other downtown. According to USA Today:
More than 300 members of the Atlanta-based Black militia NFAC, or "Not F**king Around Coalition” came to Louisville demanding justice for 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an ER technician who was fatally shot by officers in March.
The group came close to 50 far-right “Three Percenter” militia members, who were also heavily armed. Police kept the sides apart and tensions eventually dissipated. Both militias had said they wanted to avoid violence.
Cries of "Black lives matter" were heard through downtown. One man yelled “Don’t fire unless you’re fired upon.”
Following the accidental shooting setback, the group gathered in a formation with their guns pointed into the air. Unarmed onlookers chanted for Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/BR6qCgczbL— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) July 25, 2020
"Grandmaster Jay" of the NFAC led the march. Media swarmed around him, and he asked that they give him room.— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) July 25, 2020
When they didn't, he raised his rifle and said "I'm gonna shoot up in the air."
The media backed off. pic.twitter.com/lf24Fcm6NK
Shots Fired at Black Supremacist Militia Rally In Louisville Kentucky pic.twitter.com/Vt8ywjNoRG— Matthew (@WhlteHovse) July 25, 2020
BREAKING: We just watched two people be taken onto stretchers at Baxter square on 12th and Jefferson. Metro safe has confirmed reports of shootings & that there are multiple victims. We heard the noises when people scattered to get behind cars, & to take a knee @WHAS11 #nightteam pic.twitter.com/h5AsPWlLbi— Jessie Cohen (@jessiecohennews) July 25, 2020
And finally... Oregon.
This Antifa guy stabbed someone in Portland earlier this morning, prompting a police response and his arrest. pic.twitter.com/b0UBqnXJaX— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 25, 2020
Antifa militant and convicted pedophile David Blake Hampe was arrested in the early hours of Saturday following his alleged stabbing of a black Trump supporter in Portland.https://t.co/WqsB6OS1Xo— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 25, 2020
WATCH: Protesters chant "Black lives matter" at police in Portland. pic.twitter.com/ipXZd9esAT— The Hill (@thehill) July 25, 2020
Another huge crowd tonight in Portland, including a new "wall" on the front lines: a Wall of Vets.— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) July 25, 2020
Here's a look at the line of military veterans getting set up here in front of the federal courthouse. Behind them, the Wall of Moms and the Wall of Dads are arriving. pic.twitter.com/gGnXHjI3k2
The feds come out shooting pic.twitter.com/oWQtx9crAR— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) July 25, 2020