Estate of Trump supporter killed at BLM rally sues Portland, officials

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Estate of Trump supporter killed at BLM rally sues Portland, officials

Portland officials are partly responsible for the fatal shooting of a man after a pro-Trump rally in the city — because of their “hands-off” approach to the turbulent protests which roiled the city, his estate contends in a lawsuit.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, the local district attorney and the city created a “culture of vigilante policing” that led to the murder of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, in August 2020, the $13 million lawsuit filed Friday claims, according to the Oregonian.

Danielson was killed at a pro-Trump rally by Michael Forest Reinoehl.
Danielson was killed at a pro-Trump rally by Michael Forest Reinoehl.
Danielson family via AP

Danielson’s shooter, Michael Forest Reinoehl, was working as a volunteer security “officer” for BLM-Antifa at the time.

“We are seeking justice for the preventable death of a young man, gunned down in a city with a dangerous and deadly hands-off approach to public safety. Time and time again, City leadership and law enforcement have failed to find an effective response to clashing groups of protesters,” Christopher L. Cauble, the estate’s attorney, said in a statement.

Wheeler’s office declined to comment while Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt did not immediately return a message seeking comment, the paper reported.

Danielson was pronounced dead just 10 minutes after suffering a single shot to the chest. He had reportedly attended a pro-Trump rally in Clackamas County, near Portland, earlier in the day and was wearing a Patriot Prayer hat, a conservative group out of Vancouver.

Reinoehl was volunteering as security for BLM-Antifa at the time of the shooting.
Reinoehl was volunteering as security for BLM-Antifa at the time of the shooting.
Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP
Surveillance footage of Danielson's murder.
Surveillance footage of Danielson’s murder.
Portland Police

Reinoehl allegedly lay in wait for Danielson and a friend, who was unharmed, in a parking garage, before reaching for a handgun in his pocket or waistband, according to author Andy Ngo.

Police responding to the shooting in Portland on August 29, 2020.
Police responding to the shooting in Portland on August 29, 2020.
Paula Bronstein/AP

Reinoehl himself was shot and killed days later, following a standoff with a multi-agency federal task force as they attempted to arrest him on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a firearm in Danielson’s fatal shooting.

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