Here is how I spent one day in Portland....and it was the last day of May 2020 which was yesterday. The country is currently reeling from the COVID-19 and now there are curfews all over due to protests getting completely out of hand.
I started out at Peninsula Park....a BEAUTIFUL place. See for yourself.
Doesn't the cloud in this picture look like an angel?
The park was quiet and peaceful. Many people were out. There were signs of the current situation.
In another park.
Then I made it over to downtown Portland where things looked different. Store windows were being boarded up after looting and destruction from the night before. Random words spray painted all over.
I saw this man and his son/grandson (?) holding up American flags. Notice that the flags are upside down. The man also had a dog on a leash and if you zoom you might be able to see that he had a green parrot sitting on his left shoulder. The boy looked uncomfortable for the time I was observing the scene, which was around five minutes.
In my opinion you leave children out of situations like these. Let children be children and form their own opinions and decide later in life what protests they want to attend when older and more mature. I saw a picture that is circulating the web of a little girl in Seattle crying with milk running down her face because she and others around her supposedly got maced by a police officer. I blame the parent/guardian. Why would you bring a child to an event that has a high risk of turning violent? It is irresponsible. Same goes with pets, leave them at home. I don't understand why people need to drag their dogs/cats and in some cases parrots around to potentially violent and stressful situations.
There was a protest scheduled to begin at 6 PM.
Some new "art" to express the feelings of some upset fellow humans.
I would like to see the ones responsible for that having to clean it off and pay out of their own pockets for the cleaning supplies.
I bet that the people looting, destroying and burning down stuff did not protest when they cashed in their $1200,00 stimulus checks when those arrived. So it's totally OK to receive money from the government but then turn around and destroy stuff because you are proving a point in somebody's name. And who will pay for all the destruction in the end? I suspect the people will pay the bill with taxes and higher prices on stuff and raised insurance premiums.
Well guess what, George Floyd's brother Terrence Floyd is condemning the violence and the destruction.
"Terrence Floyd took the bullhorn to condemn the looting and rioting that followed his brother’s death. He did not want fire and violence to obscure the deeper meaning that could be realized from his family’s tragedy. He wanted resolution, but one not marred by fury.
“I’m not over here blowing up stuff,” he said, impassioned. “What are y’all doing? You’re doing nothing. That’s not going to bring my brother back.”
Someone in the crowd shouted, “That’s not us.”
“Whoever’s doing it — relax,” Floyd said. He urged the crowd to respond to this latest case of police brutality in a constructive way.
“Educate yourself and know who you vote for. That’s how you’re going to get it. It’s a lot of us,” he said. “Do this peacefully.”
Yes! This is how things should be handled. I wonder if the people out there burning and looting in George Floyd's name are going to respect the words and wishes of his brother Terrence and stop, or will they make sure to grab a few more items while they can? I suspect the looters really don't care about George Flyod, they only care about themselves and what they can get.
I am against police brutality and all the other things that corrupt and crooked cops do. Plant drugs on people, lie.... the list is long and those crimes are horrible. Of course that should never take place and I feel bad for the people that have been subjected to such crimes. I could not even imagine the feeling.
Chauvin had been on the police force in Minneapolis for over 18 years and had 18 prior complaints. His partner, Tou Thao that will also get charged with the death of Floyd had six complaints filed, one of them an excessive force lawsuit which resulted in the city of Minneapolis having to pay damages to the innocent victim. Thao and the other officers involved in that situation should had been fired as a result of that.
Corruption happens in all sorts of places. Unfortunately in the government as well. Both major political parties have elected officials who are engaging in corruption and illegal activities.
This is an election year and many forces that might not be blatantly obvious are playing for power. It is sometimes the most quiet forces that are the most damaging.
Source for the Terrence Floyd quotes https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-06-01/george-floyds-brother-visits-minneapolis-memorial