Portland had a volatile weekend, one that police have officially termed a civil disturbance, though not a riot, reports the Oregonian. In all, three people were arrested and three were hospitalized in clashes between "antifa," or anti-fascist demonstrators, and far-right groups such as the Proud Boys. But the biggest flashpoint centers around one of the three people who ended up in the hospital—Andy Ngo of the conservative website Quillette. The details:
- The assault: This video shows Ngo getting roughed up by demonstrators. Police didn't intervene. Ngo later tweeted a photo of himself in the ER showing bruises on his face.
- The criticism: Sen. Ted Cruz is among those calling out the police and city officials. "To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists," he wrote. Mayor Ted Wheeler has not commented, but the Oregonian knows of no such order to police to stand down.