Michael Reinoehl, 48, described himself as “100% antifascist all the way, but not a member of Antifa.” He was suspected in the killing of Aaron Danielsonaka Jay Bishop during a clash between the right-wing group Patriot Prayer and anti-racism protesters on Aug. 29 in Portland, OR. On Thursday Sept. 3, 2020, Mike was killed by police officers in Olympia, WA.
Reinoehl had been a regular presence at Black Lives Matter protests in Portland that have continued since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. He was arrested in July for carrying a loaded gun at one demonstration and for resisting arrest, and he later said he was shot in the arm by a separate right-wing protester during a skirmish. He had cast himself as a security presence at the anti-racism demonstrations. “I am willing to fight for my brothers and sisters!” he wrote on Instagram in June. “Even if some of them are too ignorant to realize what antifa truly stands for. We do not want violence but we will not run from it either!”
Here is Mike’s last interview, published by VICE News on Sept. 3, 2020 (beginning at 3:33)