Posted on December 4, 2020

Who Is Kevin Peterson, Portland’s BLM Martyr?

Andy Ngo and Mia Cathell, The Post Millennial, November 30, 2020

Black Lives Matter and Antifa activists from Portland, Ore. have protested and rioted for weeks over the fatal shooting of Kevin Peterson Jr. The 21-year-old black man was killed by deputies in nearby Vancouver, Wash. in October.

Far-left activists in the Pacific Northwest have sought to paint Peterson as an innocent black victim “lynched” by racist law enforcement. There have been numerous vigils, protests and marches since his death—some of which turned violent. But just who is he really and what were the circumstances around his killing?

On October 29, Peterson was fatally shot by three Clark County deputies during a drug investigation by a regional task force. The independent investigation by the Lower Columbia Major Crimes Team in Cowlitz County says Peterson was armed with a pistol and fled on foot after being caught selling drugs. He allegedly dropped his handgun during the chase and ignored orders to not pick it up. Peterson eventually fled to a nearby U.S. Bank where he further ignored more commands. He was shot and killed after allegedly taking his 0.40 caliber pistol out of his sweatshirt. {snip}


Peterson was a prolific social-media user and his post history casts doubt on the martyr narrative activists continue to repeat.


“F— white people i’m racist AF [as f—],” Peterson tweeted in June.


“Police pull me over Ima just start shooting before them,” he tweeted in August. The Cowlitz Sheriff’s office has released surveillance video and evidence that Peterson threatened law enforcement on Snapchat. {snip}

{snip}  Two weeks before his death, he wrote: “I blank out n when I shoot the whole clip.”

On the night of a vigil for Peterson on Oct. 31, hundreds of black bloc protesters marched through downtown Vancouver and shattered windows, defaced businesses with graffiti, set dumpsters ablaze, blocked traffic, and threw rocks at cops near the Clark County Jail. {snip}