Powder attack on anti-abortionists
A police officer in Portland, Oregon, is reportedly being investigated for failing to protect a bunch of anti-abortionists who were targeted by a man carrying a canister of a cleansing product called Comet.
The Comet attack, according to this report, was was carried out earlier this month against a chanting group of Christians outside of the Portland Planned Parenthood premises by a man who is believed to have brought a woman to the facility.
The person who’s been making the biggest song and dance about officer Gene Gillock’s alleged inaction is deranged Bible pest Tony Miano, above, a former Los Angeles county deputy sheriff who was arrested in Scotland last year for his anti-gay street rants. (This Christian Post report of his arrest incorrectly names him as Milano.)
Miano said he began calling to the officer to arrest the man.
As I’m shouting to him, ‘We want this man arrested,’ he’s telling us to stay back and not to disrupt what he’s doing, while he’s letting the assailant [be] who just assaulted six Christians with a white powder. He’s treating the guy who assaulted six of our friends as if they had been doing something wrong.
The evangelist stated that instead of handcuffing the attacker Gillock pulled up slowly and told the man to keep walking down the street. Moments later, he had the man sit in the back of his car as they talked. The officer then drove away with the passenger door still open as the man sat inside.
Miano said that Gillock never checked on the condition of the Christians.
The incident took place on August 12 when 20 Christians participated in a “pro-life outreach” that was a part of the Biblical Church Evangelism Conference hosted by Beaverton Grace Bible Church and organised by its pastor, Chuck O’Neal.
As they stood on the public sidewalk to “”proclaim the word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ” through preaching and the holding of signs, the young man began yelling at the Christians, blanketed half of dozen of them with the scouring powder and called them “scum”.
Somewhere he got ahold of a very large canister of Comet and then he came around the building and went to one of our ladies and pronounced her ‘scum’ and doused her with this can of Comet head to toe.
He continued down the line … and he said, ‘And you, and you, and you ,’ pronouncing them all scum and shaking out Comet on each one.
I approached the man, and he proceeded to douse me with the Comet as well, getting it in my eyes and on my clothes. I was warning him that this was assault … and calling upon him to stop and to repent and turn to Christ.
O’Neal says he does not wish any harm to Gillock – only that errors will be recognised and that matters will be handled properly in the future as the Portland Police Department has otherwise been supportive of the free speech rights of Christians.
I don’t want Officer Gillock disciplined in any way that harms or ends his career, but I want him to see how grievously he has erred and to take corrective action both personally and in the police department, to say, ‘This was mishandled.’