Reporters Attacked, Warned Not to Film Anti-Trump Riots

UPDATE AT END OF STORY. Reporters in Portland, Oregon were attacked by anti-Trump rioters Sunday night, according to Portland Police. The protesters also handed out leaflets warning people to not record the riots.

One reporter, Mike Bivins, who was threatened by the pro-Hillary mob decided to not report the threats but changed his mind after the announcement by police that a news crew had been attacked. Bivins is student at Portland State University and was reporting for PSU”s Pacific Sentinel.

“Some protesters attacked a film crew. Bottles being thrown at police. Distractionary “bang” devices being used to effect arrests.”



“I wasn’t gonna mention it, but at the outset of the Pioneer Square march masked protesters warned me not to film them. #PortlandProtest”

Fellow PSU student Andy Ngo who writes for PSU’s Vanguard student newspaper posted an image of the threatening leaflet.

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/797869339621801985

The text of the leaflet reads:

DON’T SNITCH, EVER.

PUT DOWN YOUR CELLPHONES AND PARTICIPATE

DO NOT HELP THE POLICE IN IDENTIFYING PERSONS ENGAGED IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY
DON’T POST PROTEST VIDEOS TO SOCIAL MEDIA

A FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO:
JOIN, CELEBRATE, SHOW YOUR RAGE
YELL FUCK THE POLICE
DRINK SOME WATER AND CHILL
SHARE FOOD
COLLABORATE
FIND ONE ANOTHER
KEEP PEOPLE SAFE FROM PHYSICAL HARM

STOP FILMING.
CONSIDER THIS A WARNING.

Bivins said he also was threatened on Twitter via Direct Messages.

“@MrAndyNgo that flier also came through my direct messages :-/. It’s definitely dangerous out there.”

Bivins also noted a film crew camera had been destroyed by rioters.

“@fredamoon a local news camera was smashed, and threatening fliers have been circulating. The danger is no secret. Perhaps you’re not…”

Bivins posted video of Portland police dropping in to clear out a group of rioters (wait for it). Being a student reporter, Bivins ran away from the story (cussing up a storm) instead covering it, but he captured the intensity of the police action. (EXPLANATION FROM BIVINS AT END OF STORY–He was headed to his other job.)

“LIVE on #Periscope: #PortlandProtest. I’m here coincidentally”

On Thursday night a Portland news crew was attacked by rioters with a baseball bat.

“Anarchists hit one of the @KGWNews cameras. w/ bat #BlackLivesMatter protesters came to their aid & chased the anarchists off #Portland #PDX”

On Saturday night another news crew was attacked.

“@WashCoScanner @AlertSalem @aliceem36 Anarchists just attacked the KOIN cameraman.”

“Talked with our cameraman… Thankfully, he didn’t get hurt.”

Cue media outrage “if these were Trump supporters”…

Featured Image: Washington Times via Twitter.

UPDATE: Mike Bivins asked that the following be included in this article:

“@KristinnFR hi. Please update this story to reflect the fact that I was on my way to my other job.”

If it were up to me I would have stayed. Cops also looked poised to make another mass arrest and i had no time for detainment.

I was scheduled to clock in 25 minutes later. Of course I’m gonna scramble away. And I’m a part time student.

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