[Ed. – Follow-up to earlier reports on this (see here too). This driver speaks for many. Contrary to what the police leadership has blabbered about the “First Amendment,” what they’re there for is, in fact, to prevent exactly the situation in which the driver found himself. It’s not to stand around watching and doing nothing while he tries to extricate himself from it. Meanwhile, enjoy the inevitable reference to “pouncing.”]
A driver who pushed through a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Portland while they pounded on his sedan and yelled for him to stop says, contrary to their accusations, that he never tried to run them over.
But Kent Houser, 74, admits he was eager to bolt the chaotic scene.
“When you have an angry mob yelling at you and beating on your car you just want to get out of there,” he said Friday in an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive. …
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Police, who were nearby but mostly unseen, made no effort to intervene. …
Conservative pundits and media outlets pounced on a viral video of the episode — viewed millions of times — to paint Portland as a lawless town run by marauding left-wing mobs.