A video circulating on Twitter and YouTube shows a pair of Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies engaging with a member of the public and telling them anti-fascist activists have been starting fires in the area.
The deputy’s remarks seemed to give credence to the idea that anti-fascists were causing havoc and possibly setting fires, the rumors strenuously debunked by law enforcement.
The sheriff’s office has confirmed the basics of the video, and the as-yet-unnamed deputy has been placed on leave.
Statements made by the deputy in the video contradict the official line from Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, which he has expressed on social media and in press conferences over the past 48 hours, stating there is no evidence that “Antifa” or any other groups have organized arson strikes in rural areas of Clackamas County.
“Antifa” is a term for some loosely affiliated left-wing activists who sometimes identify themselves as “anti-fascist.”
“Antifa motherf*****s are out here causing hell,” the deputy can be heard saying in the clip filmed on Thursday. “There’s a lot of lives at stake and there’s a lot of people’s property at stake because these guys got some vendetta.”
The same deputy was caught in another video where he “taught” people that after they shoot Antifa members they should place a knife in their hand and with it they can get away the charges for murder.
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“The Sheriff’s Office mission is to provide calm and safety especially during unprecedented times such as these,” he added. “I expect nothing less of our deputies, and apologies to all in our community.”