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  • Alyssa Spencer

Jury Rules In Favor of Antifa In Andy Ngo Case After Startling Admission From Antifa Lawyer

Members of the Great Lakes anti-fascist organization (Antifa) fly flags during a protest against the Alt-right outside a hotel in Warren, Michigan, March 4, 2018

The jury presiding over the case of Andy Ngo, who is the senior editor for The Post Millennial, claims he was assaulted by members of Antifa while he was acting as an undercover reporter to expose Antifa’s actions, has ruled against Andy Ngo. 

This verdict came after the lawyer for the defendants admitted to being Antifa and claimed she would “remember each one of their faces” in reference to the members of the jury.

Andy Ngo filed a lawsuit in Portland, Oregon in 2020 claiming that he was assaulted and injured by members of Antifa, while he attempted to record and report on various attacks by them. On May 7th, 2019, defendant John Collin Hacker allegedly poured an unknown liquid on Ngo at a 24 Hour Fitness before stealing and breaking Ngo’s phone while he was attempting to record the attack. 

This attack was allegedly followed by another on June 29th, 2019 where Rose City Antifa members allegedly threw “concrete-infused” milkshakes onto Ngo causing brain injuries that led to him undergoing months of cognitive therapy.

The other defendant, Elizabeth Renee Ritcher was recorded allegedly screaming, “I can’t wait for you to come out, Andy!” and “You thought the milkshakes were bad last time? We are going to beat the f*ck out of you b*tch.”

Ngo chose to sue for 1 million dollars in damages, and made this statement after the shocking verdict was given:

 “Since July 31, I've been the plaintiff in a trial in Portland to hold what I still consider to be a violent extremist group and its members accountable for their harmful activities, Andy Ngo v. Rose City Antifa, et al. Today, the jury returned a disappointing verdict finding John Colin Hacker and Elizabeth Renee Ritcher not liable for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. 

This case has been frustrating in its complexity, with several defendants settling or being defaulted before they could be made to answer for their repeated assaults against me. The court dismissed Rose City Antifa on July 14 on the grounds that a nonlegal entity cannot be sued under Oregon law. This sends a dangerous message that violent extremist groups can continue to organize criminal activities in Portland. We saw this message play out throughout the trial, with court proceedings being delayed or halted due to threats of violence and the need to seal the jurors' identities following serious concerns over outside efforts to identify them.”

Andy Ngo also confirmed that he is considering his legal options despite the disappointing verdict in his case. 

Katie Daviscourt, a reporter from The Post Millennial, who covered the reporting for the trial made this statement: “Jury finds Antifa defendants NOT GUILTY in attacks against @MrAndyNgo, despite substantial evidence produced by during trial. Antifa will be more emboldened now. The city of Portland decided that attacking and doxxing journalists is okay.”


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