A group of Proud Boys held a peaceful Veteran’s Day flag wave rally on an overpass of Highway 84 in Portland, OR on Sunday. Suddenly, an anti-Trump female professor walked up to a female in the group and began to insult her. The yelling quickly escalated into a physical altercation. Fellow rally participant Tara LaRosa, an MMA world champion, had been live streaming the event when the assault began. She is heard saying, “What’s up everybody. We’re live in Portland at the flag wave!”
LaRosa’s smile quickly turns into concern at she notices the two women. “Hey.” Reminiscent of Charles Bronson’s character in the 1970s movie, Mr. Majestyk, in which the people who mess with him don’t realize he’s a former Army Ranger School drill sergeant until it’s too late, LaRosa springs into action. In about a nano-second, she broke up the fight, pinned the professor to the ground in a non-life threatening Jujitsu hold and yelled for someone to call the police. Angry and agitated, the professor bit LaRosa’s breast leaving an open wound.
Video of this event can be viewed in LaRosa’s tweet below. It shows the professor and the woman she approached locked in a physical struggle. Once LaRosa intervenes, the audio can be heard, but we briefly lose the video.
In the videos below, two of which were posted by journalist Andy Ngo (who has been on the receiving end of some of that anti-Trump rage himself), the woman pinned to the ground yells, “Get off me…I am a professor.”
That was probably the worst thing she could have said. An onlooker yelled, “It doesn’t matter. A professor’s going to jail.”
The professor became agitated and kept repeating, “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” LaRosa was on all fours holding the woman down which allowed the woman to breathe comfortably. That is clear from the video.
She continues in between gasps, “I can’t breathe…I’m not moving, just get off me…I didn’t assault her…I can’t breathe…I’m like half-naked.” She wasn’t. Her jean jacket was slipping off. They release her and she sits on the ground with people preventing her from leaving before the police arrive.
Sitting down, she says, “I was on my way home from brunch with my friends…There’s people on the corner antagonizing the city I live in, work in…”
As if to threaten the group, the professor tells them that her phone has been recording the whole time. LaRosa tells her, “So have ours.”
The professor says, “This has been my whole life. I’ve always had to be the person to show…to try…you don’t know what Donald Trump is, I don’t agree with Trump.” We noticed.
The police arrived, and LaRosa calmly gave her account which is on video. The professor’s was not.
Amazingly, the professor was not arrested although there will be an investigation and there is video clearly showing her starting the exchange.
The local media outlet, KGW8, published an account of the incident one would expect from a Portland reporter. It’s headline read, “Fight breaks out between flag-waving Proud Boys and woman in NE Portland” and it’s lead said, “Police say it’s not clear who started the fight. No arrests were made, but the case was referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.”