See the 'Wall of Vets' on the frontlines of the Portland protests

Elizabeth Howe
July 27, 2020 - 12:58 pm
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As protests in Portland, Oregon continue, a "Wall of Veterans" has formed.

Originally captured by New York Times reporter Mike Baker Saturday evening, the wall was meant to protect protestors from federal law enforcement officers. 

“Our veterans are here specifically to support the rights of the protesters to protest,” Duston Obermeyer, a Marine Corps veteran, told Baker in one of the videos posted to Twitter.

The "Wall of Veterans" is one of several that has rallied in an effort to protect protestors -- Baker also posted content of the "Wall of Moms" and the "Wall of Dads." 

Just last week, one veteran in particular gained national media attention for his viral face-off against federal law enforcement agents. 

Naval Academy alumn Christopher David's story spread -- he has been dubbed "Captain Portland" and even "Supersoldier" for his unfazed stance against the officers. But David has repeatedly said the story should not be about him, but rather about the protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "normal" people standing up for the cause. 

Hear our full interview with Navy veteran Chris David about his clash with feds in Portland

“It’s just us normal people out there,” David told the Washington Post. “There were a whole group of pregnant moms standing out there linking arms and they got gassed. You hear people like (President) Trump say it’s just a bunch of wacko fringe people in liberal cities who are out there, but no way. We’re all just normal people who think what’s happening is wrong.”

As protests against racial discrimination sparked by the killing of George Floyd continue across the country, those in Portland have escalated and been closely observed due to the use of federal law enforcement in the city. The nightly protests there have now continued for more than 55 days.


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