How a U.S. Task Force Killed an Antifa Activist


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How a U.S. Task Force Killed an Antifa Activist



President Trump praised the killing of Michael Reinoehl, suspected of fatally shooting a far-right protester, as “retribution.” Our investigation found that officers may have shot without warning or seeing a gun.

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  1. Hi everyone, I’m one the lead reporters on this story. I’d been tracking the Michael Reinoehl case since the killing of Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron J. Danielson in Portland on Aug. 29, which appeared to be the first time a supporter of President Trump had been killed at a protest this summer. Our investigation into that shooting ( https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/31/video/portland-protests-shooting-investigation.html ) showed that a man who looked like Reinoehl was responsible, and Reinoehl later effectively admitted to the shooting in an interview published by Vice News. Then, five days later, federal authorities announced they’d killed Reinoehl in a raid, and Trump praised it as “retribution.” The circumstances, especially the president’s suggestion that Reinoehl was killed as payback, seemed worth looking into.

    We hired Derek Knowles, a West Coast filmmaker and videographer, to visit the scene of Reinoehl’s killing in Lacey, Wash., and interview witnesses. What Knowles found was a story that contradicted the official narrative put out by the Trump administration in the immediate aftermath — that officers had attempted to “peacefully arrest” Reinoehl, who attempted to flee and “produced” a gun. Instead, 21 witnesses, including five eyewitnesses, said the officers opened fire on Reinoehl without any warning. After combing through their interviews and mapping out the raid moment by moment, we took our findings to Lieutenant Ray Brady of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, who commands the team investigating Reinoehl’s homicide. Lieutenant Brady told us that the officers themselves had given conflicting statements to investigators. One said he saw Reinoehl raise what looked like a weapon inside his car, but two said Reinoehl only moved toward the center console. Officers fired anyway. Then, just before the fatal burst of fire, one officer said Reinoehl pointed a gun, but others said he only reached toward his pocket.

    According to Lieutenant Brady, the officers were not wearing cameras, and there’s no video of the incident. So we decided to write up our findings with our correspondent Mike Baker in an article ( https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/us/michael-reinoehl-antifa-portland-shooting.html ) and to recreate the federal raid in this video. We think our investigation raises questions about whether the U.S. Marshals task force ever intended to arrest Reinoehl.

  2. I thought democrat socialist communist party said that antifa was a idea not real
    They all stated this joe Biden is the democrat socialist communist party
    So if it’s a idea why are they on their website collecting money for their campaign
    I’m just asking if it’s just a idea

  3. They fired 30 shot. The US Marshall should be defunded for being bad at shooting their guns which what the only thing they are paid to do. They couldn't even take the guy down while he was in his car. He got out and ran off.
    Those are your taxes paying for these bad shots. Reinoehl could have just been arrested.

  4. Sounds like suicide by cop. The guy knew what he was facing if he went to prison. A skinny white boy with a black power fist tattooed on his neck isn't gonna have a good time in the slammer.

  5. I'm confused. Isn't this exactly what terrorists deserve? I'll be honest, it would have been much more satisfying to see him beaten to death with their nightsticks. But hey a win for America anyway. Every antifa member should get the same.

  6. Play stupid games you get stupid awards!! I pray for all those involved bc it's not I who will b judging them. I got enough of my own sins to account for so I'm not one to judge others. God Bless

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