Narratives are stubborn. Despite the evidence to the contrary in Portland & beyond - officers injured, Molotov cocktails & ammo seized, etc. - many insist the protests are “peaceful.”
Are you going to believe the coverage, or your lying eyes?
Here we see that peaceful protests “intensified” and “morphed” seemingly all on their own.
Could the reason the police decided to “declare riots” have anything to do with...the riots?
These were well after all the well-documented violence.
It’s like describing a burning building as “mostly not on fire” - it may, very literally, be true, but it really, really misses the point.
@USATODAY notes that “some of the pillaging” was tied to “otherwise peaceful marches.”
“The Viking landings in England were mostly peaceful but for some of the pillaginging” USA Today, 900 AD or so.
Yes, while the violence in question may not have dominated the time of the engagement, it still clearly defines it.
Pretending otherwise is gaslighting.