Michael Reinoehl was a suspect in a shooting that took place during protests in Portland, Oregon. He never faced trial or questioning, because he was killed by officers who, reports say, didn’t even attempt to arrest him before opening fire. In a rally Wednesday, Donald Trump appeared to boast about this, complaining that local law enforcement hadn’t arrested the man, so he sent in U.S. Marshalls, and “fifteen minutes, it was over.”
Aaron “Jay” Danielson was killed during a protest in Portland, reportedly shot by Reinohl. The right-wing Patriot Prayer group that Danielson arrived with carried paintball guns and bear spray, reports the Seattle Times, and a video of Danielson’s death appears to show him spraying bear mace at the other man before shots are fired. Though Patriot Prayer members claim the bullets pierced the bear spray can, causing the cloud seen in the video, in another video someone can be heard saying, “He’s macing you. He’s pulling it out,” in advance of the shots.
Whut? He just admitted to a crime. The President cannot order a hit job. Looks like a criminal violation of federal and state law. https://t.co/fB2IQHHQcs
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) October 15, 2020
U.S. Marshalls were initially reported to have killed Reinoehl when he resisted arrest, but reports from witnesses say otherwise. The Washington Post reports that a witness saw Reinoehl walking, eating a gummy worm, and holding a cell phone when officers opened fire without announcing themselves or attempting arrest at all.
Or, as Trump says, “Took fifteen minutes it was over…We got him. They knew who he was, they didn’t want to arrest him. In fifteen minutes that ended.”
It’s a sharp contrast to Kyle Rittenhouse, who is charged with murder in two shooting deaths during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and was able to walk past police, carrying his weapon, after the shootings.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com