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Portland Mayor is Fed Up with the Protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) has had enough of the protests.

“The community is sick and tired of people engaging in criminal destruction and violence and doing it under the guise of some noble cause,” said Wheeler on Monday following an incident at the courthouse that resulted in property damage and several arrests. The city has already had to erect fences and call in federal officers to protect the courthouse after spending $1.5 million to repair damage caused by protestors.

Scott Erik Asphaug, a lawyer who works inside the courthouse, says he isn’t “intimidated” by the graffiti and broken windows. “We do not confuse the voices of the many with the shouts of the few who hope to hold our city hostage by petty crime and violence.”

The protests in Portland began last summer with the killing of George Floyd.

They have occurred on a regular basis ever since. More often than not, the incidents involve arson, property damage, and assault.

Ironically, the protests in Portland are calling to defund the police even as they commit crimes that require police interference. But according to authorities, the perpetrators are part of a small, anarchist organization that has nothing to do with the peaceful protests that also take place in the city.

“This was not a protest group,” Assistant Police Chief Chris Davis confirmed. He was referring to the incident at the courthouse last week. “This was a group of people who have come to believe that they are entitled to damage other people’s property, threaten community members, and assault police officers.”

Police were able to control the situation at the courthouse using a technique called “kettling.”

This is when police corral protestors into a small area and identify them one by one as they escort them out. Using this method, police were able to identify and confiscate an array of weapons. They found smoke bombs, loaded guns, a dagger, a slingshot, and spray paint.

“My observation is that tactic was used successfully, it was used peacefully, and it ended what could have been further criminal destruction in the city,” said Wheeler.

The ACLU says kettling is “aggressive” and “indiscriminate.” Though in my opinion, anyone who participates in protests should prepare for the worst. 

“I feel bad for the peaceful protestors, but I think you should know if you are in a situation where people start doing things that are illegal, your First Amendment rights will not magically save you from being asked to give identification,” explains Laura Appleman, a law professor at Willamette University.

Moving forward, Wheeler has urged residents to denounce the violence no matter what their political views. “I don’t care if you’re on the political left or the political right. If you’re engaged in acts of violence or criminal destruction, that is unacceptable,” he said.

Wheeler is working closely with police and the District Attorney’s office to hold criminals responsible. He has asked lawmakers to approve harsher penalties for protestors. “My good-faith efforts at deescalation have been met with scorn by Antifa and anarchists bent on destruction…It’s time to push back harder.”

Sources:

Portland Mayor: Community is ‘sick and tired’ of criminal destruction, violence

Mayor of Portland: Violence, criminal destruction is ‘unacceptable’

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Demands Harsher Criminal Penalties for Property Destruction

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  • robert adams
    21 March 2021 at 8:13 pm
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    How long did it take you to come to this conclusion. Woh long ago did the first riot happen? )h – you can’t remember that long ago. It’s a shame you can’t blame Trump anymore. Now that riots in your town are the normal – what are you going to do? Oh – I know your goingto hide in your basement.

  • Cliff
    21 March 2021 at 8:13 pm
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    This is what happens when you allow communists to “win” elections,”de-fund” your police forces, allow people like soros (and other anti-America billionaires) to hire these “groups” to destroy your cities. This further divides the people, which is the “ULTIMATE GOAL” of the communists, and these foolish brainwashed indoctrinated, greedy MORONS, fall for the BRIBERY $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ being given to them.
    My “solution” …Send a few or MANY to a permanent “dirt nap”., and perhaps they MIGHT get the “idea” that those $$$$$$$$ are not worth DYING for, and will head back to mommy and daddy’s basement “safe space” and back to their hot cocoa, coloring books, and crayons.

  • robert adams
    21 March 2021 at 8:14 pm
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    Another site that won’t post replies!

  • Tom
    21 March 2021 at 8:16 pm
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    It is NOT politics in Portland, Seattle. It is methamphetamine addiction that has intensified by legalizing marijuana. The methamphetamine drug demands violence.

  • Frank
    21 March 2021 at 8:35 pm
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    These animals are just doing this because they keep getting away with it start taking action against them and let them know enough is enough already,I don’t know how the citizens aren’t doing anything,this total BS

  • Edward
    21 March 2021 at 10:03 pm
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    No, but he is making our country vulnerable to anyone who wants to come in via OPEN BORDERS….

  • Doug Swoyer
    21 March 2021 at 10:24 pm
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    Why is the mayor fed up with something he/she has allowed to go on for months totally out of control. If they are fed up, put a stop to it. That’s what police & national guard are for. These lawbr4eakers should have been nipped at the start, and not allowed to continue for all these months. Lawbreakers should be jailed or run out of town.Start respecting the good, law abiding citizens and businesses who have spent their life trying to build a good life in their local community.

  • mark
    22 March 2021 at 12:27 am
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    lol reap what you sow enjoy the coming summer when it gets worse …

  • Louise Gitzlaff
    22 March 2021 at 1:34 am
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    I am not a sheeple. I do not worry about what a cheat, traitor, and a thief thought of me. The vaccine gives an opening for
    Us to be manipulated by other viruses to control population and other sects of our country. We will be controlled by the threat of one after another of vulnerabilities. When they talk of herd a immunity the word to be very cautious about is HERD. That is what they do to control cattle and sheep. It is also a great distraction to keep us from openly observing what the current administration is doing to what used to be our freedoms. It is also a great deal of a tool to turn us against each other. There has been no greater division by the American government that started with the Obama’s and “I am finally proud to be an American” because they voted for a black man. Then after raping our country with frivolous travel and schmoozing with the pretty people making race a huge division and inviting multitudes of FOLKS that think we are infidels to be obliterated they are now again pulling the pulpit strings.
    No I am not at all worried about the pot calling the kettle black.
    .

  • Donna
    22 March 2021 at 3:18 am
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    I have deep respect for any person standing up for what is right when it’s said to be wrong to do so. He is protecting his people of his city if all would do this it would stop the violence or at least slow it down👏🙏🇺🇸

  • Donna
    22 March 2021 at 3:21 am
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    I have deep respect for any person standing up for what is right when it’s said to be wrong to do so. He is protecting his people of his city if all would do this it would stop the violence or at least slow it down👏🙏🇺🇸 God bless America

  • lonkido
    22 March 2021 at 3:51 am
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    When the looting starts the SHOOTING starts!!!

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