Twitter accounts linked to the leftist activist group Antifa rejoiced at the news that a Washington state sheriff’s deputy had been shot in the head and killed.
“A @ClarkCoSheriff deputy was shot in the head near Portland (in Vancouver, Wash.) overnight and killed,” journalist Andy Ngo tweeted Saturday along with screenshots of tweets he claimed were linked to Antifa. “The suspect remains at large. Antifa accounts have been celebrating on Twitter in response.”
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The accounts posted by Ngo show users with Twitter bios using terminology such as “ACAB”, which stands for “all cops are bastards,” and responding to the news of the deceased deputy with mocking comments such as, “Cheers, I’ll drink to that.”
Another user reacted to the news with “TAKBIR,” which refers to the phrase “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” Another user with the Antifa logo as its profile photo celebrated the deputy’s death by writing, “I’ll bet his pig family is crying.”
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Calls to defund the police, a move promoted by prominent Democrats nationwide, were also seen in several of the bios and tweets.
The deputy, later identified by authorities as Deputy Jeremy Brown, 46, was shot during a standoff on Friday night and died later at a hospital, authorities said. Two suspects were reportedly in custody in connection with the killing.
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Earlier this week, an Oregon man was convicted of felony arson for throwing an explosive device at a police officer and setting a Portland, Oregon, police building on fire. Some reports referred to the man as a member of Antifa.