Citizen Journalist Awarded $300K in Civil Damages

( – A court has awarded $300,000 to journalist Andy Ngo following an attack by members of the extreme left-wing group Antifa. The incident occurred in June 2019 when Ngo reported from an Antifa rally in Portland, Oregon, and was pelted with objects and beaten. The citizen journalist and author, who specializes in writing about violent left-wing groups, filed a civil suit against his attackers and described the outcome as a “victory” and “small vindication.”

All three of his assailants identify as transgender. They are Corbyn Belyea, Madison Lee Allen, and Sammich Overkill Schott-Deputy. They were found liable for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Andy Ngo testified during the trial saying he underwent physical and cognitive therapy after the attack and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. The writer admits it will be an “uphill battle” to get the defendants to pay the money they owe.

The victory came soon after a separate trial in Multnomah County, Oregon, ended in defeat for Mr. Ngo in a shocking case during which an attorney told the jury, “I am Antifa.” John Hacker and Elizabeth Richter were found not liable for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, in relation to the same incident. Ngo and his attorney Eric Sell later spoke about the disturbing trial.

Ngo said there were several security incidents, and jury members reported intimidating behavior from Antifa both inside and outside the courtroom. The defense attorney’s conduct, however, was perhaps most alarming. Lawyer Michelle Burrows appeared to threaten the jury during her closing arguments, during which she addressed politics rather than law.

“There is a villain here in this case. And I don’t think it’s Antifa,” she said. She essentially admitted that her clients had beaten Mr. Ngo, but this was justified because “resistance is never peaceful.” Finally, she said she would retire from the law, buy an Antifa t-shirt, and then shockingly told the jury, “I’m going to remember every one of your faces.”

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