Erik Loomis, associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island, says he believes that Michael Reinoehl was morally justified when he killed Aaron “Jay” Danielson.
In his blog post titled ‘WHY WAS MICHAEL REINOEHL KILLED?‘ Loomis says he’s “extremely anti-conspiracy” and wonders if the police “simply murdered” Reinoehl.
Loomis goes on to say, “The police is shot through with fascists from stem to stern. They were openly working with the fascists in Portland, as they were in Kenosha which led to dead protestors.”
Who Is Erik Loomis?
According to his author bio, Erik Loomis is an associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island, specializing in labor history, environmental history, and the history of global capitalism.
Fox News says, By “fascists,” Loomis is ostensibly referring to Trump supporters and members of Patriot Prayer, a group founded by conservative activist and former Washington Senate candidate Joey Gibson.
Reinoehl, 48, was an Army veteran and a father of two. Reinoehl, who said he was born and raised in Portland, was a frequent presence at Black Lives Matter protests in the city, where he said he provided “security.”
Reinoehl was accused of killing Patriot Prayer supporter Aaron “Jay” Danielson in downtown Portland on Aug. 29. He was shot and killed by federal officers on Thursday, September 3, 2020, when they tried to take him into custody.
Vice News reports that in an interview with freelance journalist Donovan Farley shortly before he was killed, Reinoehl said he believed he and a friend were about to be stabbed and that he acted in self-defense.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said on September 4, 2020 there is still not a full understanding of what led to the death of Michael Forest Reinoehl.
KGW8 News quotes Schmidt as saying, “The events of Thursday night are still being investigated by multiple law enforcement agencies,” Schmidt said. “We still do not have a full understanding of what led to the death of Michael Forest Reinoehl. The loss of life is tragic. It has a profound impact on families, friends and community members.”
The group has been portrayed by the mainstream media and the Southern Poverty Law Center as a far-right hate group, though Gibson has denied this characterization.
The SPLC says, ‘Joey Gibson, the leader of Patriot Prayer, lives in Vancouver, Washington and has called Portland “disgusting” and filled with “so much darkness.”
The SPLC added that Gibson has instructed members and supporters to be armed at rallies, saying, “Everyone should be carrying around guns at all times, especially people in our situation.”