Oregon’s long history of racism was what brought Sean Kealiher and so many protesters like him to the streets. The fights between anti-racist skinheads and neo-Nazis in the 1980s and ‘90s set the stage for Portland to found America’s first official Antifa chapter. And Laura Kealiher says the way police are intertwined with those past fights makes her skeptical they will ever solve Sean’s homicide.
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In this episode, we look at who was in the streets leading up to one of the most significant years in American protests, and what brought them there.
Sean Kealiher was killed Oct. 12, 2019, near a popular bar for Portland’s anti-fascist scene. An SUV ran him over and crashed outside the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters. Gunshots rang out through the night sky, and whoever was driving fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind. Now, almost two years later, his mother Laura Kealiher is demanding police answer why his killing remains unsolved.