Here’s a self-defeating idea: If police are trying to investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting and you’re of the sort that assumes anyone in a blue uniform that discharges a weapon is automatically guilty of something, go interfere with their investigation at the scene. And, if they’re not quite keen on you having your way with critical evidence, it’s time to employ some good old-fashioned mob tactics.
The logic of this eludes me. If you succeed and the shooting wasn’t justified, you’ve made it significantly more difficult for the officer to be prosecuted. Succeed or fail, there isn’t a silent majority — or even minority — of Americans cheering on you or your cause when it appears on the local or national news.
However, the logic of mobs is often elusive, as what happened at Lents Park in Portland, Oregon, on Friday proved.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Portland Police Bureau