Sunday, September 12, 2021

Portland protests: Slain Trump supporter Aaron Danielson’s estate files $13M lawsuit against city, mayor, DA

The estate of Aaron "Jay" Danielson, a 39-year-old supporter of former President Donald Trump who was fatally shot by an Antifa backer in Portland, Oregon, last year, filed a $13 million federal lawsuit Friday against the city, its mayor and the county district attorney, according to a report.

A lawyer for the estate claims Danielson’s death was "preventable" and the filing blames the city’s and mayor’s "hands off" policing strategy regarding political protests for sparking a "culture of vigilante policing" between opposing groups, reported.
"We are seeking justice for the preventable death of a young man, gunned down in a city with a dangerous and deadly hands-off approach to public safety," Christopher L. Cauble, the attorney for Danielson’s estate, said in a statement, according to the news outlet.

"Time and time again," the lawyer continued, "City leadership and law enforcement have failed to find an effective response to clashing groups of protesters. For well over a year, they have known when and where these rallies would occur and the likelihood of escalating violence. Yet no strategy of protective intervention has been utilized to this day. This reckless dereliction of duty, cost our client, Aaron Danielson, his life."

The lawsuit names as a defendant Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schmidt, claiming Schmidt publicly stated in August 2020 that he would avoid pursuing prosecutions for "public order crimes," such as mischief and disorderly conduct offenses normally associated with rioting, and instead focus on more serious offenses, such as property damage, assaults or threats of assaults, reported.

The lawsuit also claims that officers with the Portland Police Bureau were instructed to avoid involvement in disputes between opposing political groups – even though the city had seen violent clashes in the streets just a week before Danielson’s death.

The suit claims the law enforcement policies created an atmosphere where protesters on both sides could expect "a skeletal and passive police presence" on the weekend of Danielson’s death.

Danielson died Aug. 29, 2020, from a single gunshot wound to his chest after being approached by a suspect who was seen on video, appearing to be waiting for Danielson in the alcove of a downtown parking garage, the news outlet reported.

The suspect was later identified as Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, a self-described anti-fascist who was fatally shot days later – Sept. 3, 2020 – after law enforcement officers tracked him down and tried to arrest him in Washington state. The officers from multi-agencies were pursuing Reinoehl on a Multnomah County, Oregon, warrant that charged him with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a firearm in connection with Danielson’s death, reported.

At the time he was shot, Danielson was walking with a friend named Chandler Pappas, both of them wearing "Patriot Prayer" caps, referring to a conservative group based in Vancouver, Washington, just outside Portland.

In September 2020, Pappas appeared on Fox News’ "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and claimed Danielson had been killed because he supported Trump.

He claimed that apparel such as MAGA hats or "pro-patriot" gear made conservatives easy targets for Antifa activists looking to cause harm. Pappas added that neither he nor Danielson were carrying weapons on the night Danielson was killed.

On Wednesday, at a Portland City Council meeting, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler backtracked from supporting "hands off" policing after previously expressing support for it, citing the response to a more recent clash in the city, on Aug. 22 of this year.

"It is clear, based on the public outcry, on the media outcry, on the national front, that that strategy was not the right strategy," Wheeler said during a Portland City Council meeting, according to The Associated Press. "I think we can all acknowledge that," he added. "I take full responsibility for it."

The mayor’s remarks came in advance of a city council vote on a $50,000 settlement relating to a woman’s claim that she had been injured at an Aug. 4 protest when police hurled a flash-bang munition at her with no warning, the AP reported. The council approved the settlement in a unanimous vote, the report said.


Denmark proposes making migrants work 37 hours a week to earn benefits because 'there are too many, especially with non-Western backgrounds, who do not have a job'

Denmark has proposed making migrants work 37 hours a week to earn welfare benefits because 'there are too many, especially with non-Western backgrounds, who do not have a job'.

The proposal by the minority Social Democratic government, a traditionally left wing administration that has adopted right wing anti-immigration policies, would require migrants who have been on benefits for at least three years to find work.

It said the programme was necessary because many women of foreign descent do not work, especially those with roots in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey.

'If you come to Denmark, you have to work and support yourself and your family,' the proposal stated.

'If one cannot support oneself, one must have a duty to participate and contribute what is equivalent to a regular working week to receive the full welfare benefit.'

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has claimed the policy is intended to help migrants integrate into Danish society, with plans to encourage them to learn the language, but the proposal has been widely criticised as unfair.

The programme would start with those who are able to speak some Danish and they would be given skills training by the local government.

No date has yet been set for the 179-seat parliament to vote on the proposal.

Although the Social Democrats do not have a majority, they would be likely to get support from centre-right politicians to pass it.

Though traditionally left wing, Frederiksen's party adopted right wing anti-immigration policies when she took power in 2019 and is now targeting zero asylum claims.

Frederiksen has blamed the crackdown on immigration on the need to protect Denmark's welfare system so it can continue to accommodate migrants already in the country.

But the proposal has been widely criticsed as unfair, with Mai Villadsen, a member of the opposition Red-Green Alliance, branding the idea 'foolish'.

She argued that it could lead to a downward pressure on the wages of other workers.

'The foundation of our welfare society is a strong safety net,' Ms Villadsen wrote on Twitter.

Mirka Mozer, head of a Copenhagen-based organisation that helps immigrant women get jobs, said the plan did not sound ambitious enough. 'We have lots of women who are willing to take jobs, including jobs that are 37 hours (per week), but there needs to be more 37-hour jobs,' Ms Mozar said.

In 2018, her group, the Immigrant Women's Centre had registered almost 13,000 people from 57 different nations.

Ms Mozer said it had contacts with dozens of companies that offered jobs to immigrant women, but that most were only four-to-10 hours per week.

'Some certainly fear that their (welfare) benefits will be reduced because they can't get a 37-hour job,' she said.

Immigrants and their descendants represent 14.1 per cent of Denmark's nearly six million people. The largest groups are from Turkey, Syria and Iraq.


Toxic Victimhood: There's an advantage to being identified as a victim, says author John McWhorter

Race explains everything, says bestselling "How to Be an Antiracist" author Ibram X. Kendi. "Every policy is either racist or anti-racist."

Kendi's and DiAngelo's books are now recommended reading at schools, corporations and in the military. Both authors command high speaking fees.

Isn't that good? It's important to educate people about racism.

But John McWhorter, author of "Woke Racism," says, "The way we're being encouraged to think, hurts Black people."

In my new video, he gives this example: "There is a disproportionate number of suspensions of Black boys in schools for violence. (Kendi says) that must be racist . a stereotype of Black men as violent. But . the data makes it very clear that Black boys do commit more violent acts in schools. If you don't suspend those boys, the violence is being perpetrated (mostly) against other Black kids."

Kendi's positions "leave Black kids in the lurch," says McWhorter.

Kendi and DiAngelo call most every disparity between races "systemic racism."

White people live longer than Black people? Racism.

Income inequality? Racism.

White and Asian students get higher test scores? Systemic racism.

In the past, says McWhorter, civil rights leaders asked, "How can we make it so that Black kids are better at the test?" Now they want to "eliminate the tests" because they "make Black people unhappy."

This just makes the problem worse, he says, because it encourages people to think of themselves as victims. If you believe you are a helpless victim of racism, why study?

The idea that it is "unreasonable to expect Black kids to use analytical thinking in a rigorous way. . This is a new way of thinking. It's a religious way of thinking."

Blaming racism for low test scores ignores "aspects of Black culture that don't stress getting good at those tests - the way that South Asian immigrant culture clearly does."

Nigerian and Caribbean culture, too. People from those places are often just as dark or darker than Black Americans. They "come here and deal with the same racism that everybody else does. Yet they make the best of the worst. That means: so could Black Americans."

The media label Kendi and DiAngelo "leading scholars," but their arguments are rarely tested in the marketplace of ideas. Both refuse to debate opponents. McWhorter calls their work far from scholarly - "more like a toxic religion, a cult."

In fact, he adds, "Kendi is dim."

I argue that, even if Kendi is "dim," he's winning hearts and minds. Companies now donate millions to his Center for Antiracist Research. His book sales and success with students show that his arguments convince people.

McWhorter disagrees. "As we come out of the pandemic and we're less bored, less anxious, I suspect that a lot of the extremes that we saw are going to start retreating because there's going to be pushback."

The idea of anti-racism is "charismatic," he adds. "It makes it seem like you've got one answer to a bunch of things that look disparate and difficult. But all disparities between white people and Black people are not due to something unfair that was driven by whites."

I'm puzzled that DiAngelo's and Kendi's message is so popular today, when life for racial minorities seems to be better than ever before. With some exceptions, there's less racism, more intermarriage, more opportunities for minorities, etc.

"Why now?" I ask.

There's an advantage to being identified as a victim, says McWhorter. "An emotional balm to be treated as this victimized person. The problem is that it's anti-Black."

Anti-white too.

If the "systemic racism" cult wins, says McWhorter, "we all lose."


UK official orders border patrols to 'push back' migrant boats to France as UK offers Paris a PLANE to keep watch on the coast on top of 54m funding

Priti Patel has sanctioned new 'pushback' tactics to stop migrant boats in the Channel and turn them back to France amid crunch talks over crossings.

The Home Secretary has ordered officials to rewrite maritime laws to allow Border Force to turn boats around, forcing them to be dealt with by French authorities.

But Paris has already warned that the step could have a 'negative impact' on the cooperation. It has also emerged that Britain has offered use of a plane to help monitor the coast, but France has yet to decide whether to accept.

Some 14,000 migrants are now thought to have arrived in Britain via the Channel this year - with Tory MPs demanding Paris 'steps up to the plate' and prevents the crossings.

Health minister Helen Whately insisted this morning that the focus was still on discouraging migrants from attempting the journey, rather than turning them back en route.

Wednesday saw UK authorities rescue or intercept 301 people with the French reporting they had stopped 302 people reaching Britain, the Home Office said.

The previous day, 456 were rescued by Britain, and 326 by France.

Grilled on the situation at PMQs on Wednesday afternoon Boris Johnson admitted that the government is reliant on the French, but insisted ministers will use 'every possible tactic' to ease the problems.

It comes following a G7 interior minister's meeting on Wednesday, during which Ms Patel told her French counterpart that the British public 'expect to see results' from French efforts to prevent ongoing migrant crossings.

Members of Border Force are being given special training to handle migrant boats, but would only deploy the 'pushback' tactics when deemed practical and safe to do so.

Reports suggested such operations were likely to be restricted to sturdier, bigger migrant boats and only used in 'very limited circumstances'.

Ms Patel and the French interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, held discussions on crossings at Lancaster House in London, in the wake of hundreds of migrants being brought ashore in Kent over the past few days.

Government sources said the pair had a 'constructive' meeting in which Ms Patel made clear tackling the number of people making their way from France to the UK on small boats was her 'number one priority'.

But The Times reported that the French Government said the newly reported turnaround tactics would have 'a negative impact on our co-operation'.




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