Americans woke up this morning to the news that Michael Forest Reinoehl was shot and killed during a police raid. For anyone who has been (understandably) living in a cave lately, Reinoehl was captured on video executing a random Trump supporter on the streets in Portland days ago.
Here is the video, which has been viewed by millions of people in the various places it has been posted online. A man shouts that they found a Trump supporter (recognized as such by the hat he was wearing). Reinoehl walks up to the man and shoots him multiple times. No conversation. No personal interaction. He just murders a man unknown to him for his hat. It is an act of pure evil.
The New York Times turned its article on Reinoehl’s apparent suicide-by-cop into an obituary for the fellow. Here is how the paper characterized a cold-blooded murderer:
After the shooting, several hundred protesters in Portland gathered in front of a police station in a residential neighborhood, chanting racial justice slogans as they have on most nights since May, although the mood shortly before midnight was relatively calm.
“There’s blood on your hands. You murdered Michael Reinoehl,” someone had posted in the street outside a law enforcement building. “Michael was murdered,” said another posting.
Later in the evening, police officers charged the crowd and took one person into custody.
As part of the protesters’ security team during the demonstrations, Mr. Reinoehl’s role included intercepting potential agitators and helping calm conflicts, fellow protesters said.
“Nightly, he would break up fights,” said Randal McCorkle, a regular at the demonstrations who said he became close friends with Mr. Reinoehl as they wore on.
“He wanted change so badly,” he said. His death, he said, would likely inspire others to continue the movement for police reform. “I was going to say radicalize, but galvanize is a better word,” he said. “Honestly, I’m going to try to step into his shoes.”
Reese Monson, a leader in the local protest movement who also helps organize security, said all the people who helped with security in Portland, including Mr. Reinoehl, were trained on de-escalation.
“He was excellent at that,” Mr. Monson said.
Mr. Monson said the security designees have been trained to approach potential agitators and politely ask them to leave. They have also been trained on how to conduct physical removals but are cautioned to try to avoid such measures because they can cause situations to escalate. Mr. Monson said Mr. Reinoehl would often come over to discuss how to handle potential agitators appropriately.
“He was literally a guardian angel,” said Teal Lindseth, one of the main organizers of the Portland protests. “He would protect you no matter what.”
Early on Friday, Ms. Lindseth spray-painted a tribute to Mr. Reinoehl on the street in front of the police precinct where demonstrators were gathered. “Long Live Mike,” she wrote, “the best ally ever.”
He sometimes ran into trouble, though. On July 5 during the protests, Mr. Reinoehl was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a loaded firearm in a case that was later dropped. At the end of July, he showed a bloodied arm to a journalist with Bloomberg QuickTake News and said he had been shot while intervening in a fight.
Rather than a murderer, he ran “security” for the endless violent Antifa / Black Lives Matter riots in Portland – “riot” not being an opinion, but a fact, as the Portland Police have formally declared a riot every day for about a month now – and he was an expert in de-escalation. Because apparently shooting a man in the chest multiple times is just like what professional mediators do, you know?
This is what happens when critical theory takes over institutions. All intelligence and basic decency goes out the window in favor of whatever lies advance the cause.
It is sickening that these people maintain any measure of influence in the United States, though I am not at all convinced their influence is as great as the polls these very same institutions are cranking out suggest. The fact that millions of Americans watched a man get murdered and now have had the opportunity to reflect, on their own, about how the media is portraying these events is one of the few redeeming aspects of social media.