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Investigation shines a light on “the suspicious rise of gay hate crimes in Portland”

Investigation shines a light on “the suspicious rise of gay hate crimes in Portland”

Andy Ngo: “the number of alleged hate attacks ballooned through uncorroborated and vague online rumors”

Independent journalist and Quillette editor Andy Ngo, whose work you may recall from Mary’s post in which she shares Ngo’s documentation of hate crime hoaxes perpetrated by the left, has published an article about “the suspicious rise of gay hate crimes in Portland.”

The article provides a detailed and seemingly well-documented review of the shocking rise in alleged hate crimes in Portland, Oregon.  Ngo notes some troubling issues like the fact that few of these hate crimes can be found in police reports and that there is some sort of vigilante LGBT group forming online to combat the supposed anti-LGBT hate crime spree.

Ngo reports:

Last month, Sophia Gabrielle Stanford was at the center of a fundraising campaign. The GoFundMe page described the trans activist as a victim of a “brutal and aggressively blatant hate crime” in which assailants had beaten her unconscious with a bat in southeast Portland.

The campaign and shocking story went viral. However, the police reports raise questions about what happened that night.

. . . .  The case was investigated by the bias-crimes unit but was suspended due to the lack of tangible leads. Although it is impossible to know what exactly happened, nothing in the police reports indicate that Stanford told police she was attacked with a bat by multiple assailants in a hate crime.

The next day, however, the sensational and detailed story emerged in the fundraising appeal. Over $10,000 was raised.

Sophia Stanford blocked me across several social media accounts after I sent a request for comment.

In progressive Portland where the “#Resistance” is mainstream, stories like Stanford’s feed into a whisper campaign of violent homophobes, transphobes and racists lurking on every corner. A moral panic had now been ignited.

Within days, the number of alleged hate attacks ballooned through uncorroborated and vague online rumors. These stories were then amplified by progressive media, nonprofit groups, businesses and politicians. Activists, driven by their own personal grievances, then launched a crusade to find the phantom suspects, doxing and targeting innocent people in the process.

From there, Ngo recounts numerous examples of unsubstantiated hate crimes against various members of the LGBT community in Portland and details how these rumors became amplified on social media, including by people who admitted they were just passing on rumors and irresponsibly implicating anti-antifa Proud Boys members in crimes as serious as murder.

The city was in a panic, and it focused its energy on one main antagonist: the Proud Boys, a right-wing, pro-Trump fraternity and drinking club. They were blamed for the indiscriminate violence.

The group has infamously been involved in bloody street brawls against Antifa. Members of the group are currently facing charges for a 2018 fight in the Portland area.

“These are the faces of the attackers that have been terrorizing the queer/trans community lately. If you see any of these faces in public, hit them with a brick, because the police don’t do anything to stop it,” read one widely shared post on Instagram. It included a group photo of the men and names.

As the number of shares and retweets increased on this post and similar posts, so too did the number of alleged attacks. What started off as two stories of hate crimes grew to 15. The claims grew wilder. The Proud Boys were accused of now using hammers and wooden planks as weapons. Also alleged: an attempted kidnapping.

“Red pickup with a black cover and 3 white guys hollering at a woman I know outside a gay bar and while she walked home one got out and pulled her in by her collar,” wrote user “Siggitrue” on the Portland subreddit.

The user told me the alleged robbery and kidnapping was reported to cops, but Portland police said it did not receive any report matching this description. When I followed up with “Siggitrue,” the user said that they were unwilling to reveal the woman’s identity out of fear for her safety and wrote: “I’m also not obligated to provide you with any information, so the trail ends here.”

Most social media users who shared stories refused to comment. Others admitted to repeating uncorroborated rumors. Andrew Lucht, a Portland resident who wrote a viral Facebook post releasing names and photos of accused attackers, told me he was not a witness to any attacks and did not know any of the victims. His post had accused the Proud Boys of being involved in murders.

“I’m surprised the post took off the way it did,” Lucht told me. “I heard all of this initially from a friend who was very upset.” That friend is neither a witness or victim, he said. “I believe I heard [about a] murder in one of their messages, but in hindsight, I could be wrong.” Lucht took down his viral post after one of the accused men threatened legal action for libel.

According to Ngo, even Portland’s mayor got in on the rumor mongering and alarmism.

Ngo continues:

Rumors of attacks did not circulate only among radical-activist networks. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler amplified the rumors on Twitter. So too did the Portland chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, which blamed “right-wing agitators” for the attacks. Car-ride company Lyft shared an advertisement aimed at Portland’s LGBT community. It repeated the rumors and offered a ride credit to encourage business. Activists organized a “safety day” training event featuring a workshop called “Local Fash 101” where attendees were taught how to spot fascists.

The Portland Mercury published multiple stories and printed a claim from a woman who alleged via email that she was the victim of a brutal gay bashing in downtown Portland. (The article does not cite any records and I could find no corroborating evidence that this happened as described.)

When I asked reporter Blair Stenvick what steps she took to independently verify that allegation, she said: “I’m not interested in discussing this with you.” Portland Mercury’s news editor, Alex Zielinski, also declined to comment on my inquiry. The paper’s reports were widely shared and used to legitimize the panic.

Those who spread the rumors were cheered for bringing “awareness” to LGBT issues. Lost in all this was any concern for the people victimized in the process.

Perhaps even more alarming than all of this—if that can be imagined—is the formation of an “extrajudicial” body comprised of members of Portland’s LGBT community.  This group is targeting people, doxxing them, and posting fliers with their faces on them all over Portland.

Again from Ngo (you really have to read the whole thing; it’s fantastic from beginning to end):

Jussie Smollett, who is suspected of orchestrating a racist homophobic attack on himself, making wild allegations of bias-motivated assault creates hysteria, mistrust and a breakdown of law and order.

Which is a fair description of what happened on Feb. 24 at an emergency “town hall” organized by the Q Center, an LGBT organization in Portland. Executive director Cameron Whitten explained that the severity of what the community was experiencing called for extrajudicial measures.

“We have not reached out to the Portland Police Bureau,” he told the crowd of 500 people who whooped and clapped. Alleged victims were encouraged to report anonymously online to activist organizations, according to fliers handed out at the door. Portland United Against Hate is one such organization. The group did not respond when I asked what mechanisms it has in place to vet and verify anonymous online reports.

Whitten said at the town hall that there had been 10 attacks but in an interview with me admitted that he had only spoken directly with one alleged victim. That individual told him of a negative experience with police rather than experiencing a hate crime. The other person he spoke to was an “advocate” of Sophia Stanford whom he declined to name.

Outside of the initial allegation by Stanford, none of the purported incidents of beatings, killings or kidnapping were — I confirmed with Portland police — reported to authorities.

Ngo’s Twitter feed is overflowing with responses to this report.

Needless to say, he’s also receiving a good number of vile, even violent, responses (many of which he’s sharing in his Twitter feed).  Maybe it’s been so long since they saw investigative journalism they forgot what it looks like?

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More fake news from the left.

Comanche Voter | March 31, 2019 at 9:02 pm

Hey it’s a fake gay hate crime thing–you wouldn’t understand.

Executive director Cameron Whitten explained that the severity of what the community was experiencing called for extrajudicial measures.

“Extrajudicial measures”, aye.

“Brownshirt” would be so much easier to spell.

As I recall, it was a drug deal gone bad and a transgender couplet domestic crime that was exploited to justify the diversity (e.g. “hate”) enhancement. Here’s to progress. One step forward. Two steps backward. #HateLovesAbortion

Mr. Ngo is a one-man truth squad out in Oregon (where I assume he is based). Exposing the jackbooted Antifa goons can’t be pleasant or safe. This guy deserves enormous respect and praise for both his journalism and his courage.

By the way, I’m glad to see that the New York Post has added Andy to its reporting roster. A solid addition and well-earned by Andy.

How that guy has not been put in the hospital is amazing. The dude is a true journalist.

I hope he is doing well for his efforts.

Portland? You have to be (I am on the verge of using very bad language) Kidding me.I live in Dallas. We have more important things to do than hate gays. Yet the racism and the gay hatred keeps breaking out in Chicago and New York.

I’m noticing a pattern.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Arminius. | April 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Do the Democrats still “control” Dallas?

    I’ve not been there this entire century I believe.

And now Portland. Who runs that city?

    bear in reply to Arminius. | April 1, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Antifa, earth firsters, occupy wall street and every other ultra-crazy group known to mankind. The mayor and his kindergarten kops have no integrity.

    I used to work and live there. I moved my family out of that cesspool decades ago. It has only gotten worse since then.

      Arminius in reply to bear. | April 1, 2019 at 8:19 am

      I find it hilarious that I’m getting downvoted for denouncing gay hate crimes. I am important enough to have a stalker, apparently.

    Unknown3rdParty in reply to Arminius. | April 1, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Who runs Portland? Leftists and Communists (redundant). Ted Wheeler is the Portland mayor but he’s and extreme leftist himself, but he’s only a shell of a leader and does nothing to combat the violent leftists and, in fact, is the one who ordered the police to stand down in order to allow the violent leftists to attack any kind of conservative demonstration, no matter how peaceful, and when the right fights back, as expected, THEN the police get involved and arrest the peaceful demonstrators for inciting.

    Andy Ngo is to be commended; he puts himself in danger to provide this kind of reporting. Portland is the epicenter but fortunately isn’t representative of ALL of Oregon, just as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles/San Francisco aren’t representative of all of New York, Illinois and California, respectively.

TheOldZombie | April 1, 2019 at 12:09 am

People being doxxed in this story need to sue the doxxers into bankruptcy.

    And win what? These losers have nothing but their gay-ness, deviant nature, anger and hatred. People who do this stuff don’t have 2 cents to their name. Unless you want their MacBook, iPhone, or
    $300 jeans, there’s nothing to take or encumber.

      Edward in reply to Andy. | April 1, 2019 at 6:10 am

      Having wages won’t be easy with a Judgement hanging out. Work under the table and some nice person can sic the IRS on them. Admittedly, if they are living on the streets, homeless, now then nothing will change. But I suspect the Mercury has assets which can be seized, as will the reporter and editor.

DINORightMarie | April 1, 2019 at 7:57 am

I have been reading recently that the left is apoplectic about Quillette – I had no idea this fine man was/is their editor! He must be doing all the right things if he is getting this type of “attention” from the goons on the left. Hope he has security (since I assume he is in Oregon, not a friendly state for CCW).

Great work, Mr. Ngo!! Keep up the REAL journalism. Truth to power, because the left hates the truth and will hide it, obscure it, or try to erase it whenever possible in any way they can.

Brave – stay safe!!

    MajorWood in reply to DINORightMarie. | April 1, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Oregon is very CCW friendly. And we have lots of remote areas, so a pickup truck, tarp, and shovel are useful. /s

    We sadly do have a lot of people here who simply live for being outraged. My take is that they are simply externalizing their self-hatred, which then allows them to blame someone else for their own internal destructive dialogue. Apparently that is way easier and cheaper than making the effort to fix themselves. I have no issue with people wanting to hate themselves, but really, keep it to yourself. Stop pretending that the sq. ft. of ink and metal rods poking through any and all body parts is something other than deep-rooted mental and emotional issues. Somewhere they have confused being “edgy” with there just being something wrong with themselves. There, I’ve thought about it for 30 seconds, now I’m going to get back to my seriously normal life which is pretty good. That is, until the next hygiene challenged person decides to invade my space. Where is DEQ when you need them?

We will know it’s Portland when they drag a gay through the streets behind a bicycle.

Portland Witch Trials.