Ngo briefed the representatives on the violence he’s observed and fallen victim to as a result of the demonization of police and the resulting consequences of less police intervention in conflicts and riots.
"You could hear the distant sirens of the police, but no one would show up”— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) June 29, 2020
“George Floyd deserves justice but so do countless Americans, journalists, and others victimized by militant extremists who use us as human shields.”
More of @MrAndyNgo’s powerful statement here ⏬ pic.twitter.com/2b5o7g9pUF
“America is experiencing the consequences of police in retreat because of biased media narratives and poor leadership,” Ngo said.
“This has allowed violent extremists to cloak themselves under the banner of ‘peaceful protest’ to carry-out widespread arson, shootings, looting and property destruction.”
He specifically cited Portland and Seattle where city councils have stripped the use of tear gas from police, while officers are assaulted with bricks, lasers, and projectiles in the two cities. He also pointed to several other cities across the nation where police have been severely injured.
“In New York, nearly 400 officers were injured in a two-week period.
150 local and federal officers were injured in Washington D.C. in a week.
130 officers in Chicago were injured in a 48-hour period,” Ngo testified.
Ngo reports mainly on the West Coast and has covered the violence shaking Portland for years.
“Like in many cities, law enforcement here [in Portland] is routinely demonized by the public and elected officials,” Ngo testified.
“The mainstreaming of police hatred in Portland has created a culture of passive policing and a tolerance of criminal mob behavior. Who suffers the most? Law-abiding citizens and yes, journalists too.”
“Do you agree with the president’s designation of ANTIFA as a terrorist organization?” @Jim_Jordan asks.— Oversight Committee Republicans (@GOPoversight) June 29, 2020
“Yes,” @MrAndyNgo unequivocally replies, "based on the activities I see them doing on the ground.”
And then he goes into detail ... pic.twitter.com/OuHPWplCAW
Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-OH, asked Ngo about his position on President Donald Trump designating Antifa as a terrorist organization.
Ngo said he agrees with the classification based on the actions he’s witnessed — especially a severe assault he suffered at the hands of Antifa in Portland last summer.
“Antifa organized an assault on me within view of the police—who did not intervene. They beat me repeatedly and so severely I had to be hospitalized. I was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage, among other injuries,” Ngo said.
“Since then, I have been harassed and stalked further by people connected to the same criminal organization.”
Ngo continues to report on the crimes and brutality of Antifa — including a video he shared today of Portland protesters once again calling for violence against him.
"I'm gonna beat his ass"— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 29, 2020
At the antifa black bloc gathering outside the Justice Center in Portland before the nightly riot, a person announces on a bullhorn that they will beat me. The crowd cheers.
Video: Alexandra Johnson pic.twitter.com/38DGqb7LKd
“George Floyd deserves justice,” Ngo said in his Monday morning testimony. “But so do countless Americans victimized by the riots.”