FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, a Department of Homeland Security officer emerges from the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse after demonstrators lit a fire in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
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Portland authorities scrambled to break up angry demonstrators this week as they continue to attack federal buildings and target law enforcement.
According to reports, police deployed tear gas and stun grenades outside a local ICE building on Thursday night after rioters surrounded and attacked the facility the night before. Hundreds of angry anarchists blocked off traffic, set dumpsters on fire and threw rocks at police.
In a statement, police confirmed some officers had sustained minor injuries from the projectiles. Two demonstrators were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following the incident.
Meanwhile, local police have reported at least 500 arrests stemming from the violent protests since the end of May. Portland Police Department revealed those figures Thursday after months of unrest in the Democrat run city.
FILE – In this July 31, 2020 file photo, Black Lives Matter protesters gather at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
According to officials, “when criminal behavior occurs,” law enforcement has a duty to respond.
One Portland resident has challenged the number of arrests. She took aim at a CNN article for conveniently leaving out key details.
Few if any figures in VFL/AFL history can have left such a legacy at a single club as Kennedy has at Hawthorn.
Kennedy, born in nearby Camberwell, made his debut for the Hawks in 1950. Unfathomably given the powerhouse they would become, Hawthorn had never previously made the finals since entering the competition in 1925. Kennedy played all 18 games in his first season. They all resulted in losses.
He would win four best and fairests at Glenferrie, but tasted precious little team success as a player, appearing in just two finals – the club’s first two – in 1957.
Having filled in for one game as coach that season, Kennedy retired after 164 matches at the end of 1959, taking over immediately as senior coach.
It was in that role that he transformed the traditional easy-beats into a force that would prove to be comfortably the most successful club since.
A school principal by trade, disciplinarian Kennedy placed unprecedented emphasis on the fitness of his players, hardening their bodies by putting them through a boot camp by the bank of the Yarra at Bulleen. Famously dubbed “Kennedy’s Commandos,” the new-look Hawks left their miserable past as a speck in the rear vision, claiming the 1961 premiership before losing the 1963 grand final to Geelong.
Kennedy stood down after that defeat but returned to the post in 1967, winning two further premierships including victory in the epic 1971 decider against the Saints. In 1975 he made the agonising call to overlook captain Peter Crimmins – on the comeback trail from cancer – from the grand final side that lost to North Melbourne. Twelve months later, the Hawks turned the tables on the Kangaroos, taking the premiership cup to their ailing champion, who would die only days later.
That would prove to be Kennedy’s last match as Hawthorn coach. But he had paved the road for David Parkin, Allan Jeans, Alan Joyce and Alastair Clarkson’s ruthless Hawthorn teams of years to come. The Hawks now have 13 flags, and counting.
An intimidating figure, Kennedy’s booming voice, captured in his timeless “don’t think, don’t hope, do!” speech is iconic. So too is his classic overcoat, immortalised in the statue of him, which overlooks the Hawks’ Waverley fortress.
He would return to coach North in the back half of the 1980s before taking up the top Commission role.
His son, John Junior, is himself a four-time premiership Hawk, while grandson, Josh infamously left Hawthorn to become a star midfielder and captain at Sydney.
While tremendously proud of his grandson, Kennedy Sr’s blood bleeds brown and gold. Ahead of the 2012 grand final, which pitted the Hawks against Josh’s Swans, Kennedy told the AFL website that he’d be happy for Hawthorn to win, and then consoled Hawks players on the ground after the game instead of lapping up the victory of his own flesh and blood.
His contribution to the game had already been recognised by the AFL’s decision to name their lifetime achievement award – given to the likes of Lou Richards and Neale Daniher – after him.
“Our game has not seen any event in our history that has forced us from our ovals and fields for this length of time, and the current temporary absence of football has reminded us of why we love Australian football and we are desperate for its return,” AFL Commission chairman Richard Goyder said.
“This time has also reminded us of those players, great moments and unforgettable matches that first drew us as fans to the game, the heroes who captured our imagination and the great teams and players to whom we tied our allegiances for life.
“In the Australian Football Hall of Fame, our legends stand above our greats and, on behalf of the selectors, it is my great honour to declare John Kennedy was elected as a legend, recognising his six-decade contribution to our game,” he said.
Kennedy also captained and coached Victoria.
Hayes, 40, has been honoured for a 297-game career with the Saints. A ferocious midfielder, he overcame two knee reconstructions and heart surgery during a storied career, which featured three best and fairest awards and the 2010 Norm Smith Medal for his performance in that year’s drawn grand final.