$13M Lawsuit Filed Against Portland, Mayor Wheeler in Murder of Trump Backer

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The City of Portland, Oregon, its Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt are named as defendants in a $13 million federal lawsuit filed by the family of Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was fatally shot on a downtown street Aug. 29, 2020, of last year by a self-proclaimed Antifa member during last summer’s unrest.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

The suspect in that murder, Michael Forest Reinoehl, was shot dead by law enforcement officers less than a week later in Lacey, Washington, about 150 miles north of the Rose City. There were conflicting reports about whether he was armed at the time. Earlier this year, the Thurston County, Washington Sheriff’s Department concluded its investigation of the fatal shooting and concluded Reinoehl “initiated” the exchange of gunfire. He was armed with a .380-caliber pistol, which was found in his pocket, but there was a single spent casing found in the vehicle in which he was seated.

According to the Portland Oregonian, Danielson was killed following a pro-Trump rally. The newspaper said “a ‘hands-off approach’ to political demonstrations and counter-protests in Portland fostered a “culture of vigilante policing” between opposing factions that filled the void and led to the killing.”

By remarkable coincidence, a man identified as Justin Dunlap was nearby live streaming the nightly protests and captured the shooting on video. A gunman can clearly be seen from the rear, and two shots are audible, and there is a visible muzzle flash and what appears to be a cloud of spray that another video appears to show Danielson releasing. The suspect immediately races away and Danielson can be seen staggering a few steps before collapsing.

Ironically, Portland is where most of the Beaver State’s gun control extremism originates.

In a narrative found at Wikipedia, Danielson was reportedly holding a can of bear spray and an expandable metal baton. One of the two shots fired allegedly hit the can, releasing the spray. The other bullet struck Danielson in the chest.

Wikipedia also noted that at the time of the shooting, Reinoehl “was wanted for failing to appear in court for a June 2020 speed racing case.” When police arrested him in that incident, they found a loaded pistol in the car for which Reinoehl did not have a license. In July 2020, Reinoehl was shot in the arm during an altercation in Portland, in which he had intervened. One of the people in that altercation was armed, according to the report, and there may have been a scuffle over control of the gun. Earlier, on July 5, 2020 he had been arrested in Portland for “for resisting arrest, interfering with an officer and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place,” according to NPR.

Oregon Public Broadcasting earlier this year posted a collage of videos, taken from different angles, that show both Reinoehl and Danielson walking near an intersection. Reinoehl can be seen crossing the street ahead of the approaching Danielson, and then moving into a parking garage, reaching into a pocket, emerging and coming out behind Danielson. Reinoehl appears to have been watching Danielson pass. Danielson moves into the street.

Reinoehl appears to have circled around to move ahead of Danielson and the deadly confrontation erupts.

Last year in Portland, the Police Bureau logged 55 homicides, according to the Portland Oregonian/Oregon Live. That surpassed Seattle, Washington—another liberal Pacific Northwest city where, like Portland, 2020 saw violent protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd while being restrained by police in Minneapolis, and local officials have taken what many critics see as a soft-on-crime, hard-on-police approach to public safety—where more than 200 officers left the force over the past 16 months and there were 52 murders.

According to KOIN News in Portland, as of Aug. 22, there had been 60 homicides, which puts the Rose City on track for setting a new murder record. It’s a stark contrast from the city’s traditional image as a laid-back bastion of liberalism in Oregon.

The multi-million-dollar lawsuit reportedly alleges Portland police officers “were instructed to avoid involvement in disputes between opposing political groups,” according to Fox News. But last year saw “violent clashes” between groups more than once.

The lawsuit, said the Oregonian, seeks $1.5 million in economic damages, another $1.5 million in “non-economic” damages, and up to $10 million in punitive damages.

On Aug. 22 there was another “clash” between opposing groups during which the city reportedly used a “hands-off approach” which Wheeler subsequently acknowledged was “not the right strategy,” Fox News reported. Nobody was shot, but some participants were reportedly armed with baseball bats and paintball guns. Police reportedly “monitored” the confrontation from an airplane!?

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Deplorable Bill

The governor and the mayor were complicit with the rioters thus enabling the rioters to do pretty much whatever they wanted, burning, looting, raping and in this case murdering. So the governor, the mayor and the rioters are legally tyrannical murderers. The mayor actually “protested” with the rioters, declined to keep them in jail, told the cops to back off for months leaving the innocent unprotected and vulnerable to a riotous mob. There is a penalty for tyranny, it carries the death penalty and rightly so because it undermines the government, lives, the family, the very fabric of the SCRIPTURE… Read more »

Henry Bowman

I see a couple trolls downvoted you for saying the right things. I upvoted you just the same! You know you’re over the target when you take flak.


just nail them to the tree. tree hugers will be happy there are nails enbeded so you cant cut it down tree will get fertilizer


I flew to Portland, OR back in 2014 to buy a classic SAAB900, drove to the coast afterwards. What a beautiful state, now polluted with leftist anti-first-amendment types. Unfortunately I will not be visiting it again. I’ll keep my business in pro-second amendment states, as I have been. I hope the family prevails in their suit.


Agreed Washington is a beautiful state; won’t be back any time soon. Until they push some of the crap into ocean along with the other sewage. Crap being Ted and Mikey, the antif–k losers. Add to that stench pile, Nicole Thomas-Kennedy wanna be city attorney and avid supporter of antif–k. Her (if that’s what she claims) platform, – “Property destruction is a moral imperative.” unless of course it’s hers.

Last edited 1 year ago by macdog

Smart move to sue Princess Theodore and Schmidt personally. A completely dysfunctional city, ran by incompetent “woke” leftists. Oregon is barely a shadow of the wonderful state it once was, thanks to the city of Portland – the shining turd on the hill.


I see two ‘problems’ wit this suit – should have been or a lot higher dollar figure and even if it is successful those individuals named will NOT be held personally accountable, either financially or criminally. If they go broke and then spend a long time in prison it ‘might’ make others who follow the same tactics rethink their actions. Under our current system they suffer little to no personal accountability – THAT is what must change.. If we as individuals have to pay a price for our actions, so should the political figures. A few of them do –… Read more »


Since 1962 I’ve been visiting Oregon and Washington state. Beautiful places to see and lots of fun to be found in both states. Last visit about 15 years ago, things were different. People not as friendly, trash in the streets, “homeless” living on the sidewalks. I no longer felt safe in the big cities out there. I have some good memories of past visits, but I’ll never again set foot in either state.

The Wall needs to run from the Mexican border to Canada, and separate California, Oregon, and Washington from the “Real” USA.


leftists have only themselves to blame for the murder rates in these places, which are controlled by leftists. they don’t want to hold a person accountable for their actions, but blame an inanimate object. you can’t let wild animals run loose in your cities without an increase of crime, duh. i would love to be on the jury, the stupid voting citizens of portland would be paying out the @ss for their votes. you got to pay for stupid.