A Vietnam veteran took a nozzle full of pepper spray directly to his face as he confronted federal officers in riot gear who have now taken to the streets of Portland.
The incident was captured on Saturday evening by a journalist Andrew Kimmel, and it shows Mike Hastie peacefully confront the authorities – some of whom are said to be Homeland Security Border Patrol agents recently deployed by the White House.
Mike tells them about his service in ‘Nam, where he says he was a doctor … and where the Americans have committed atrocities against the Vietnamese people, which he says the agents and their generation know nothing about. He kept his distance and was peaceful – simply voicing his opinion to the team in front of him. Not at all threatening.
And yet, that didn’t stop one of the officers spraying him with pepper on his face, at close range and leaving as if nothing had happened. It almost fell as a success of sorts.
Mike withdrew – clearly injured by the spray, which was all over his face and eyes – but he continued his rant, continuing to get his point across as the officers left. We have to say that for someone who just got a dose of it in their eyes, the dude stayed tough.
This is just one small example of the chaos that has gripped the streets of Portland over the past week – where cops and the federal government are deploying tear gas and pepper spray to break up the unfolding civil unrest. In most cases, like this, the method is completely unnecessary and blatant use of excessive force … which can be obnoxious.
The problem … due to its wild nature at the moment, there is little to no liability. And, many of these officers wear gas masks, fatigues, and riot gear, so it’s hard to identify them.