The property of Aaron ‘Jay’ Danielson, who was murdered by Antifa militant Michael Reinoehl following a pro-Trump rally, has filed a lawsuit towards town of Portland, the mayor and the county district lawyer for negligence.
The go well with was filed in federal courtroom on Friday and argues that Danielson would nonetheless be alive if town didn’t have a “hands-off approach” to political demonstrations and counter-protests. The property is looking for $13 million in damages — $1.5 million in financial damages, $1.5 million in non-economic damages and as much as $10 million in punitive damages.
Danielson, 39, was shot and killed on Aug. 29, 2020 after seemingly being stalked by Reinoehl.
“We are seeking justice for the preventable death of a young man, gunned down in a city with a dangerous and deadly hands-off approach to public safety. Time and time again, City leadership and law enforcement have failed to find an effective response to clashing groups of protesters,” Christopher L. Cauble, the property’s lawyer, stated in an announcement.
Oregon Reside reports, “The Danielson estate also accused Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt of playing a role by broadcasting last summer that he had adopted a new policy and generally wouldn’t pursue what he considered public order crimes such as criminal mischief, interfering with an officer or a stand-alone riot charge, and instead would focus on deliberate property damage and threats of force or actual force against others.”
The go well with alleges that the Fast Response Staff, which is accountable for crowd management, have been lower than two blocks from the capturing — however have been advised to not intervene with the dueling protests.
“Given the enormity of the press coverage over the past several years regarding clashes between left- and right-leaning protest groups in the downtown core of Portland, Defendants knew or should have known that violent clashes would occur,” Cauble wrote within the go well with.
Reinoehl was shot and killed by police when a number of legislation enforcement companies went to apprehend him for second-degree homicide and illegal use of a firearm.