Portland Police Bureau officer Scott Groshong was indicted Wednesday on charges of assault, misconduct, and failure to perform the duties of a driver for hitting an alleged thief with a van as the man fled from the crime scene, OregonLive.com/The Oregonian; reported, citing a source familiar with the case. Groshong reportedly had 27 years on the job when he retired in August.
All caught on video. I watched the video. The officer saw someone burglarizing a store. When the burglar fled, with the stolen merchandise, the officer gave chase using the van he was in, there wasn’t enough time to exit the van, the van touched the suspect’s legs who was running at full speed, and he tripped. He quickly got up and fled without the loot. He was arrested a few blocks away. Where’s the crime???? The suspect wasn’t hurt so there was no hit and run. And if there was an H&R, it was the suspect who fled. The officer was doing what he was supposed to do, catch a fleeing felon. There was no excessive force. Suppose the officer threw his baton and caused him to trip, or run him down and kicked his heels causing him to trip, it would have been okay. There is no inherent crime in touching someone with a vehicle. Police officers do this all the time. They often use their vehicle for corralling fleeing suspects. And the car is often touched.
AND THE (PORTLAND STYLED) RESULT: THE OFFICER WAS INDITED AND THE FELONY BURGLAR WAS RELEASED AND NOT CHARGE. No doubt he made a plea deal, Portland style: If he would testify against the officer he could go free.
The weekend of June 29, 2019, in Portland Organ was very violent and dangerous one. That is, if you were a conservative. An ANTIFA group attacked a demonstration being held by a conservative one. The police were ordered to stand-by and not help those being beaten.
A conservative journalist, Andy Gno was severely beaten over several minutes. He said he kept waiting for the police to arrive and save him, but none did. He was slugged, hit by “milkshakes” (made of quick-drying cement) and had rocks thrown at him. When he did make it to the police lines he was told he had to walk to the station to get EMT.
ANTIFA is to the Democrats what the brown shirts were to Hitler. They are thugs that are allowed to attack without repercussions. The city Mayor Ted Wheeler said that he stands behind his police force and their decision not to intervene. What he doesn’t say is that he is also a Police Commissioner. He wanted things to appear as if the decision by the police did not involve him, but, he none-the-less stood by them. Now it is obvious that it was the Mayor’s decision. His effort to deflect some of the blame is working. Most of the news outlets will not include this detail.
He denies such an order telling the police to stand-by but the rank and file police organization representing the officers says it was the Mayor. They are demanding that the handcuffs be taken off of them and let them decide how to do policing, not an amateur civilian with no experience. Organ recently passed a law that forbids the police from recording these events unless there are illegal actions. It does little good to wait for illegal actions and then turn on the recorders. Also, there is no law forbidding the wearing of masks, something the ANTIFA always do.
ANTIFA are throwing “milkshakes” at the conservatives. These are really “CEMENT BOMB” as that is what is in them along with some type of pepper spray and who knows what other disgusting liquids.
The police should be able to record any time they want. If the demonstrators are not doing anything wrong then there is no problem. They are in public view. The public can record the demonstrations but the police can not. The wearing of masks should be outlawed. There are few instances where wearing one would be justified. Those instances should be addressed on a case by case basis.
The Mayor and Police Chief should go.