A federal judge shut down an attempt from the state of Oregon to implement a restraining order on federal police in the city of Portland on Friday, which would’ve left the Hatfield Federal Courthouse undefended as left-wing rioters attack it with arson and graffiti on a nightly basis.
KOIN 6 News reported that U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman found the state of Oregon “lacks standing” in its attempt to limit the activities of federal police defending the courthouse on Friday, shutting the state down in its attempt to require police to identify themselves and explain the purposes of arrest to anyone placed under arrest by them.
“It is not unusual, following major protests, for some of the people involved to allege that the police crossed a line—a constitutional line—in the course of their interactions,” stated Judge Mosman in his ruling. “It is also common for these interactions to result in lawsuits, with protesters contending the police violated their First and Fourth Amendment rights and seeking redress by money damages and injunctive relief. There is a well established body of law paving the way for such lawsuits to move forward in federal court. This is not such a lawsuit. It is a very different case, a highly unusual one with a particular set of rules.”
Another court ruling on Friday established special privileges for so-called journalists and legal observers at the courthouse riots, preventing them from being “targeted” by the police. The ruling may prevent anyone who simply says that they’re “press” from being arrested, even if they’re caught in the act of committing crimes against the courthouse.
The State of Oregon is clearly on the side of violent rioters, as opposed to the federal agents protecting the courthouse from ANTIFA political violence.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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