I was searching for a specific assault that occurred recently in Portland, and these are the results that popped up on the KATU/ABC website:
You might notice that the top three results feature specific incidents, and specific suspects. The top two prominently show white suspects, while the third has only a dark, generic, graphic with no suspect pictured. Here’s an excerpt from the third article:
PORTLAND, Ore. — A 53-year-old man has been arrested, accused of being behind a series of random attacks with a baseball bat, according to Portland Police.
The series of incidents were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday, in and around Portland’s Lloyd District.
Authorities received the first report on Tuesday night, Dec. 22, when someone told police they had been struck in the head with a baseball bat near a Burgerville on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The victim said they were walking down the street when they were hit by a man they didn’t know. Police said they were able to get an “intricate description” of the suspect from the victim and began to search for him.
Only toward the end of the article are we told the name of the suspect:
Identified as Trendlon Deneishel Kimp Brewer, police said he had a backpack on, which had a baseball bat sticking out from it. When officers attempted to arrest Brewer, police said he swung at one of them, striking them in the face, leaving a “minor injury.”
No photo is included with the article. However, a simple internet search yields his mug:
Though the article doesn’t specify a motive, and wants us to believe that the attacks were “random,” with no rhyme or reason, I strongly suspect that the victims were white or Asian. It’s even possible that racial slurs were used during the attacks – but we’ll probably never know.
His inmate file shows 7 felonies and 2 misdemeanors – but so far he’s only been sentenced for one of the misdemeanors: Assaulting a police officer. For some reason, the public records are not showing Brewer’s sentence details, but since he’s in jail, and not in prison, we can safely assume that his sentence is less than a year.
If you’ve been wondering why crime is out of control in Portland, this case illustrates part of the problem.