Of course they did. See, the Portland Police have been sharing video of riots on social media.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau, challenging its livestreaming of protests.
The ACLU contends the bureau’s practice of filming and broadcasting protesters violates state law that prohibits police from collecting or maintaining information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of people who are not suspected of criminal activity.
The police livestream zooms in on individual faces, making protesters vulnerable to face surveillance technology, the civil rights agency contends.
The livestream has been one of dozens of livestreams of nightly demonstrations in Portland. The Police Bureau put a link to its livestream on its Twitter feed three times this month.
“Unlawful police surveillance threatens our First Amendment rights,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the ACLU of Oregon. “The Portland Police Bureau has no constitutional reason to train its video cameras on demonstrators — or to broadcast those images publicly on the internet, where federal agents and others can analyze them.”
City Attorney Tracy Reeve said she couldn’t comment on the pending litigation.
That was excerpted from this report at The Oregonian:
Over at RedState.com, they quoted the statute cited in the lawsuit:
No law enforcement agency, as defined in ORS 181A.010 (Definitions for ORS 181A.010 to 181A.350), may collect or maintain information about the political, religious or social views, associations or activities of any individual, group, association, organization, corporation, business or partnership unless such information directly relates to an investigation of criminal activities, and there are reasonable grounds to suspect the subject of the information is or may be involved in criminal conduct.
If the video is of a riot in progress in which fires are being set, windows broken and police officers assaulted, then it seems to me to meet the explicit terms of the statute. The video is part of multiple investigations into arson, vandalism, assault and other crimes.
As for the “peaceful protesters,” there is a clear schedule for riot season in Portland. Families with kids go home at 9:00 pm. Moms and Veterans leave shortly after 10:00 pm. Antifa thugs arrive at 11:00 pm and things get rough just before midnight.
This allows Talking Snake Media to refer to “peaceful protests” without bothering to report at all on the events that take place after the peaceful part has left the scene. They muddle the early part with the late part in a deceitful portrayal that supports their narrative and not the actual events.