Oregon Leftists Think Barry Washington Shooting VIDEO is Racist, Watch & You Decide

Multiple radical left Oregon groups called for the takedown & removal of the shaky cell phone video of the described self-defense shooting of Barry Washington. Jump to the bottom of the article and see for yourself. Then tell us in the comments if this video is racist? Yes or No?

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)-– Ian Cranston is a 27-year-old machinist employed at the world-famous Nosler bullet-making company in Bend, Oregon.

On September 19th, 2021, Ian Cranston was with his fiancee, Allie Butler, when he was attacked causing him to shoot and kill 22-year-old Barry Washington outside a bar in Bend, Oregon.

Washington had been acting erratically earlier that night. Washington had propositioned Cranston’s fiancee, inside the bar. After a second proposition had been rejected, outside the bar, Washington attacked Cranston. Cranston displayed his firearm to deter further attack. Then Washington attacked Cranston’s friend and started to come at Cranston and his fiancee again. Cranston fired one shot. Washington went down.  Reportedly Cranston immediately attempted to apply first aid, but the shot proved fatal.

There is said to be video evidence from multiple angles. From ktvz.com:

In a statement to media, Sali added: “On behalf of Mr. Cranston, and particularly in light of the false and inflammatory public statements made previously by the District Attorney’s office, we are immensely grateful that the events of that evening were comprehensively and accurately captured on video by multiple cameras. For our part, we will continue to make our case in court, where it belongs, and based on the evidence, as it should be.”

Cranston’s lawyer gave a summation of the events shown in the video, which has not been released to the public.  From ktvz.com:

Shortly after midnight, Sali said, “Washington suddenly and without any provocation attacked Cranston … with two powerful, closed-fist blows to the head,” causing a head injury. The lawyer said “Washington raised his arm and made a series of threatening gestures toward him,” by which time Cranston – who had a concealed handgun license – was holding his gun, and displayed it to Washington to “deter … the assault.”

But the threats continued, he claimed, and Washington “lunged towards (Cranston’s friend) and punched him in the face.”

“Then, Washington turned at and squared toward Cranston, who was standing only a few feet away, with his handgun still drawn and visible,” the motion states. “It was at this point that Cranston finally fired a single shot at Washington. The round struck Washington in his midsection, stopping the assault.”

“Once it became clear that the threat had ended, Cranston immediately moved to Washington and began rendering aid and calling for help,” Sali stated.

Cranston was arrested for manslaughter by the Bend police. It appears this occurred before video evidence was analyzed.

From a media release by theDistrict Attorney, John Hummel:

Barry Washington was shot and killed on a downtown Bend street by Ian Cranston,in the early morning hours of September 19, 2021. Bend Police officers quickly responded and arrested Mr. Cranston for the crime of Manslaughter in the Second Degree. Shortly after his arrest, Mr. Cranston paid the bail amount previously established by the Deschutes County Circuit Court for people charged with the crime of Manslaughter in the Second Degree and he was released from jail on the condition that he appear in court on October 5, 2021 at 9:00a.m.

To date, no official security video has been made public. The security video has only been available to the prosecutor and the defense.

Another video of the incident that was initially made available to the public was from the cell phone of Cranston’s fiancee.

A far-left activist group, the Central Oregon Peacekeepers, stormed the office of the Central Oregon Daily News and demanded the video be removed from public access.  From linkedin.com:

 The cell phone video taken by Mr. Cranston’s fiancee was first aired by Central Oregon Daily News. In short order the Central Oregon Peacekeepers stormed their offices in protest, an action requiring the Bend Police Department to respond. Then, during the Cranston arraignment, the same group led by Mr. Luke Richter, then targeted a CODN film crew covering the arraignment and aggressively, both physically and verbally, attacked them.

Far-left activists successfully pressured Central Oregon News into taking down the phone video of the incident. They applied further pressure on the Central Oregon News crew which appeared at the Courthouse. From centraloregondaily.com:

Outside the Deschutes County Courthouse Friday, as Ian Cranston was arraigned on murder and manslaughter charges for the shooting death of Barry Washington Jr., a crowd of roughly 125 people gathered.

It was peaceful, with cheering when the judge announced that Cranston would continue to be held without bail.

But chaos erupted when Luke Richter, a leader with the local group the Central Oregon Peacekeepers, singled out a Central Oregon Daily News crew.

The far-left activist group claimed the incident was one of racism, and that Washington was murdered simply because he complimented Cranston’s fiancee. They did not mention the attack on Cranston and his friend, or that Washington had a blood alcohol level of .195.

In a comment section of an editorial considering possible conflicts between DA Hummel and Police Chief Kranz, Hummel is characterized as having ” ridiculously far left-wing views”. From bendbullitin.com:

Aug 8, 2021 8:20am
As a long-time Bend resident and tax payer, I support Chief Krantz and his policing decisions. Mr Hummel should keep his ridiculously far left wing views in check and represent the people of Bend that want the law, order, respect, cleanliness, and sense of community that is Bend. If Mr Hummel wants to destroy communities by undermining police and letting criminals ignore police direction and watch the city go to ruin, he should move to portland which is our liberal icon of how poorly that model works

District Attorney Hummel took the side of the far left.

He framed the incident as one of racism where a white man killed a black man for complementing his fiancee.  He openly takes the side of the far-left activists in this youtube video.

Here is a partial transcript:

To the hundreds of people who have been advocating on behalf of Barry; Thank you, keep it up. Our Community needs you. Know this, justice will be done in this case.”

District Attorney Hummel links the case to historical attacks on black men although there has not been any evidence shown of racial animus in this case. From bendsource.com:

“Our country has a disgraceful history of denigrating, prosecuting and lynching Black men for talking to white women. Over the last week, literally hundreds of people called and emailed me to remind me of this history. I responded to every one of you,” he said. “Racism didn’t only happen back then. And down there. It happens right here. And right now.”

District Attorney Hummel did not find evidence of racism to charge Ian Cranston with a hate crime. He encouraged the activist group to continue scouring social media to find something he could use to prosecute a hate crime. From bendsource.com:

The grand jury did not charge Cranston with a hate crime, but Hummel said there’s an ongoing investigation of Cranston’s motives. He said the public has been helpful collecting evidence, particularly the activist group Central Oregon Peacekeepers, and asked anyone with relevant information to send it to his office or Bend PD.

The District attorney was able to convince a grand jury to find a reason to charge Ian with murder after considerable pressure from the leftist activist groups. From lawandcrime:

Hummel’s announcement of the murder charge was met by cheers and applause after community activists and local officials previously complained that Cranston, who is white, was getting off easy for the alleged murder of Washington, a 22-year-old Black man. Cranston had initially been charged with manslaughter and was released after posting $10,000 bond.

There are claims of racism in this case on Facebook. It appears there isn’t any evidence to support those claims. Even DA Hummel admits there is no evidence of racial animus: From the Daily Mail:

He said: ‘If we obtain sufficient evidence to prove that this shooting was at least partially motivated by race, we will go back to that grand jury and ask them to add the charge.”

District Attorney Hummel has decided not to run for re-election after the end of his term in 2022.


This case seems to be following the Trayvon Martin media model. A young black man attacks a white man, who is armed and defends himself.

He is charged. Then leftist activists claim racism, without any evidence.  The leftist activists make up claims, which are repeated in the media. A left-wing activist DA then overcharges, to placate the leftist activists, who pressure the media into removing evidence from public scrutiny.

For example, activists claimed the “N” word was used. No mention of any N-word usage was presented by the District Attorney. If there had been N-word usage in the video (below) or elsewhere, the DA would have pounced on it.

The DA pushes hard for no bail, in spite of the clear self-defense claims, video evidence, long-term ties to the community, and no criminal record on the part of Ian Cranston.

Just because a person is unarmed doesn’t mean they are not deadly a threat.  Hundreds of people are killed with “personal weapons” (hands, feet, fists, etc.) every year.

As in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, the attacker, Washington, appears to have ignored the fact that Cranston was armed.

A major difference, in this case, is a large amount of video evidence is not available to the public. The job of the jury becomes more important, as the public has been making decisions on little evidence.

In the Rittenhouse case, there was an enormous amount of video evidence available to the public. In the Cranston case, the Left is doing all it can to make sure the public does not see video evidence. They are doing all they can to convict Cranston in the media.

People who are inebriated often make bad decisions. Making repeated unwanted advances to a man’s fiancee, in front of him, an unprovoked attack is a recipe for bad consequences.

At the time this post was filed this correspondent has not seen the video.

Update: An undisclosed source has provided AmmoLand News with the “Racist” video in question.

The video is embedded next. The shot happens at about 8 seconds in. The action is very difficult to follow but is this grainy-shaky-video itself racist as radical Oregonians skreed? Let us know in the comments below.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Political prosecutions have become a way of life in some left leaning communities.

Punishment by process.


and no one arresting them and charging them with title 18 violations does not help they need to pay for malicious actions


The problem is that CRT and all the other woke ideologies assume that the system, and thus the actions of anyone white, is racist. To argue against that is seen as your racist privilege and any evidence to the contrary is seen as your perpetuating and participating in the racist system. It is a perfect ideology for the radical left – they can keep dismissing everything as racist – even when a black man speaks up it is because he internalized his place in the racist system. This has become like a dystopian new religion and the only way to… Read more »


I didn’t watch the video and I don’t care who thinks it is racist or not. The fact remains that this is evidence and no evidence at any time should be withheld from any case or the people. I think that it is discriminatory to keep evidence out regardless of anything! Since the Kyle Rittenhouse trial ended, leftist actions and the news media keep the lies alive rather than accepting the truth based on the facts and evidence like (hands up don’t shoot) Since your groups show a propensity to support these actions, I have a strong hesitance to believe… Read more »


More trumped up BS from a liberal city attorney.


I believe the correct word is: communist

Dry gulched

If washington wanted a White woman he should have gotten a job making television commercials.




Isn’t that the truth!




go to rich collage town , and remind those liberals they owe him he is black


I live in the ridiculous state of Oregon. Next election will have a ballot initiative banning all but two of the completely ordinary firearms I own, including one I have owned for 30+ years. I have some strong ties here, but I find myself looking online at property for sale in jurisdictions run by adults. By the way, Bend used to be solid conservative country, but it has swung left due to rich Californians retiring there and electing the same sort of people who made California the kind of place they wanted to leave. I hate migrating Californians. They will… Read more »


Bears a strong resemblance to refugees fleeing a plague stricken city, and taking it with them.


I am a kommiefornia escapee and I totally agree with you. Not all but most of them destroy wherever they go. Montana is having problems with rich kommifornians too in Missoula, Idaho is Boise, Wyoming is Laramie. All big cities and watch out for universities. I wish all this anti-gun stuff would stop. I loved this state when I served here but it is not the 70s anymore and this state has changed because the people changed with the merger. Kommiefornians are buying up property just for resale and profit. I saw a for sale sign the other day, called… Read more »


it is the brains that are being destroyed, but oh no pot is safe, opium is safe


They stay the hell away from Michigan, thank God!


Thats what happens when the thug class is allowed to run loose


EXACTLY – And the Radical leftist / libs want civil unrest ! they thrive on the drama! they are “sick in their morals” ! why can’t people STOP WITH THE “RACE CARD B.S.? If you look into the governments Past ( fed & states) You will see a DEFINITE PATTERN from the Leftist / libs !!!!!! they are the ones FUELING THE FIRES! Our country , the past 25 years , has gotten worse , IMO – indoctrination By Schools & Colleges (teachers / professors) are the Very Ones ACCOUNTABLE – Along with Admin. of Schools And Colleges! They are… Read more »


They’ve been emboldened beyond belief. Go around punching people in the mouth… get what you deserved.

Deplorable Bill

Be thankful for cameras on cell phones. This is not the first time nor will it be the last time that video evidence will prove the innocence of someone who responded while under attack. Things are bad enough that I, as part of my e.d.c., carry a police body cam and a cell phone. Another lesson is found in the CORRUPT D.A.’s office trying to prosecute OBVIOUSLY innocent people. Why is Hummel doing this? Why is he doing this in light of the video and audio evidence? Why has the case not been thrown out? I don’t know anyone who… Read more »


There WILL be a day of reckoning, the Lord God guarantees it . Never forget those that trammel on justice, they will answer for it.


the reason for title 18 is to jail prosecutors like this, dont see anyone doing their job , anyone wonder why police are not trusted


I had to look up what Title 18 is. It’s a Federal statute designed exactly for the likes of the corrupt/ideologue masquerading as a district attorney Hummel. Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. He should most definitely be charged. However, because this is a Fed issue the only one who can file the charge would be a bold and brave US Attorney but I don’t think there’s a snowballs chance in Hell… Read more »


What evidence is there that the shooting was racially motivated?

Just because Cranston is white and Washington was black?

How many other blacks has Cranston shot?


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DA Hummel needs charged and prosecuted for stoking race wars . He is a complete idiot that does not have a case so he goes out dredging for something racial to make his case with false narratives. People like him need to be taken out to sea and fitted with cement shoes and given a lesson in underwater water treading ! Sharks need to eat too !


better put him in garbage dump dont pollute


Dean, your article does not say if Hummel was supported by a Soros organization. Since Hummel is not running for re-election, keep tabs on the race for us and let us know if Soros money enters the picture.

Wild Bill

Yes, and Dean … please!

Pa John

No American born here has pledged allegiance to a democracy. Before anyone objects, let’s review the words to the Pledge Of Allegiance that we all grew up reciting: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all”.  The following quote well captures the general consensus of those who created our unique American form of government, people who studied and understood history very well, and who thus well understood that pure democracy is nothing more than mob rule: “Remember,… Read more »




and all they dont teach because knowledge is power


“An armed society is a polite society manners are good when one may have to back their actions with their life.”
Robert Anson Heinlein from ‘Beyond This Horizon.’ 1942
I guess Mr. Washington never learned or understood this concept. Too bad! It cost him his life.


it is not too bad.


Not to worry, Mr. Washington’s family will sue the bar and the county and get paid.


not when the people see! unless the govt. gives out money like they do in los angeles!


this video shows nothing! therefore nothing is racist!


Too many lack comprehension of how fast violence occurs. In video you can hear crowd in background talking and laughing as though nothing has happened. I suspect many if not most of the bars patrons only became aware through the news. Video is necessary because even in a crowd, few are observant enough to witness anything.


YOU act like a JUNGLED MONGREL with-out ANY manners you get DEAD…THATS ALL!


Look I won’t say that the N world was used but if it was then yeah he should have got his ass kicked. We all have won or lost a fight in our day. And for complementing his girl…smh. Be thankful your girl is desirable. But cowardly pulling out a gun and using it under the circumstances is a disgrace. Yes clearly murder but not sure on it being racially motivated but Emmett Till did the same and looked what happened to him! Stand your ground laws are so barbaric!! Bet if a big ass Great Dane is after your… Read more »


if you see a gun————STOP what you are doing!


I am not sure what “emenate danger “ is, another woke phrase? However, you sir, or whatever pronoun you prefer, are living in La La land if you believe your comments are true. But, it must be easy to run away if you never leave your basement.