A bunch of Portland dads grabbed their leaf blowers and headed to a protest where they used their lawn tools to help shield demonstrators from being hit with tear gas from police, Newsweek reports.
The group calls themselves the “PDX Dad Pod,” according to a Twitter account.
Photos of the leaf blower wielding dads have been posted all over social media.
Their mission is similar to the one of the “Wall of Moms,” an organization that has been helping protect protesters from police by creating a chain of interlocking arms and acting as a wall.
According to the Wall of Moms website, the group is a "PDX-based network of womxn [sic] and non-binary mother-identifying folx [sic] dedicated to supporting the current civil rights movement to end police brutality by defending and supporting BLM protesters on the front line and online."
On Monday, the moms formed their wall to help protesters outside the Portland federal courthouse, when law enforcement deployed "CS gas," according to the Portland Police Department.
After the incident, the group of dads posted a picture of a leaf blower on Twitter with the caption: "did somebody say dad jokes?? What do [you] get when you cross a skunk with a police?......Law and odor!"
Before the start of a protest on Tuesday, the PDX Dad Pod Twitter account posted: "come stand up for your town, your neighbors, your kids. Look for the other orange shirts, use the buddy system. And remember, safety first."
Fox 12 news in Oregon reporter Drew Marine posted a video of the Tuesday night protest with a caption that read, "a line of @WallofMoms and @pdxdadpod stretches from the front of the courthouse to the justice center."
Protesters have been calling for racial justice and police reform since the death of George Floyd, a Black man, who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
President Donald Trump has sent federal law enforcement agents to quell the ongoing protests. Portland officials have asked Trump to withdraw the federal forces.
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