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Black leaders demanded action in Portland before DHS arrived

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The acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Chad Wolf, said on Monday that the protesters in Portland were violent before federal troops arrived in Portland. Local and national press reports prior to the Fourth of July confirm Wolf’s characterization of Portland as a city of the edge.

Wolf was responding to accusations by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler that the presence of federal police was to blame for the increased violence.

“What we know is, before July Fourth, where we saw an escalation of violence in Portland, before that time there was violence ongoing and DHS had very few officers in the city,” Wolf said.

Wolf added that federal police are staying in Portland no matter what the local politicos say.

“DHS is not going to back down from our responsibilities,” Wolf told Fox News. “We are not escalating. We are protecting, again, federal facilities. It’s our job.”

In fact, an Associated Press (AP) report on July 3 confirms Wolf’s memory. Media reports, including the AP report, said Black leaders were arguing that the mostly white-led violence was detracting from their message.

“It has nothing to do with helping Black people. These hoodlums are needlessly scaring neighbors and their children,” said Ron Herndon, a Black activist upset with violence. “At some point, enough is enough.”  

The AP report also cited a letter from an unnamed Black leader who condemned the violence by predominantly white protesters.

“He said the problem was with ‘elements’ that were ‘99% white’ and did not represent the Black Lives Matter movement,” reported the AP.

“People in that neighborhood were upset. That’s not something they’re going to tolerate … and they came out and were very vocal,” said Police Chief Chuck Lovell. “I think people sometimes look at the protest movement as one homogeneous group — and there’s definitely a segment here that is very violent.”

In fact, the week prior to the Fourth of July holiday, the Portland Police Bureau said that the protests were growing “more aggressive and violent than those seen in weeks past.”

The comments were a result of an arson attempt on Portland Police Bureau’s North Precinct while people were still in the building. The protesters also set fire and damaged Black-owned buildings during clashes with local police, says KGW8.

Black leaders called a press conference to denounce the violence.

“We’ve got to call terrorism, terrorism,” said Pastor Steven Holt. “A distraction from owning the systemic racism that’s brought the community to this point.”

OregonLive said white politicians prefer to “duck the issue” and put out “detached statements that seem to treat Portland as an island unto itself as opposed to the state’s largest city.”

Their lack of leadership has left Black leaders on their own, increasingly anxious about the message the country is seeing in Portland.

“This is NOT the Black Lives Matter movement. This is chaos,” said police reformer Kali Ladd.

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    Julia Ousley July 20, 2020

    MAYOR WHEELER OF SEATTLE NEEDS TO BE ARRESTED FOR NOT STOPPING THIS SHIT.THE FEDS NEED AND HOME LAND SECURITY NEED TO START MAKING ARREST NOW BE DONE WITH THIS BULLSHIT . ENOUGH IS ENOUGH..I LIVE IN MICHIGAN AND IM FED UP WITH THESE DAMN AS DEMORATS ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN..START SENDING IN THE NATIONAL GUARD CHARGE EVERYONE ON FEDERAL LEVELS ON FELONIES INCLUDING MAYOR AND THE GOVERNOR IF NEED BE .SHUT DOWN ALL FEDERAL AID TO SEATTLE INCLUDE WELFARE FEMA.ECT

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    Jane Stacy July 20, 2020

    time to have homeland decurity just shoot all these assholes start wiping them out

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    Alex Czeranko July 20, 2020

    The Feds are there to protect Federal Property in the city. This fact is not being told by the Main Stream Media. We tax payers want to protect what our tax dollars are paying for. If the Democratic Governor and Mayor want the anarchists to destroy their city, let them. Just don’t come to President Trump and ask for money to re-build the city you let get destroyed. Use YOUR tax dollars for YOUR city

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    Bobby Sexton July 20, 2020

    I have nothing against any person of any
    color. The only i ask of any man is if you
    Are able, Work be honest and love thy neighbor. I think the govt should fund inter-
    grated housing. I cant understand why all people of color live in the same neighbor-
    hood.

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    Bobby Sexton July 20, 2020

    ITS TIME TO GET OUR SHIT TOGETHER
    WASHINGTOND.C.
    AND THEVREST OF YOU ASS HOLE FREELOADING BAS—-S.

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    Damon Lindkvist July 20, 2020

    Clearly you need some insight on how the Democratic Party likes the fact that lower income people or Black people live in certain areas. They use them for Votes, Federal Funds that Never seem to uplift those people???.. Yet this is what they sell to the Black people, Vote for Democrats and we will make your life better????… In some places in this country they have been in control for 50yrs or more!!! NOTHING HAS CHANGED!!! Don’t take my word Look on the Computer and see who’s been running the areas and Year after Year they get Worse and Worse with Gangs, Drugs, Death and yet they still follow these Looser Democratic Party???… The Democratic Party Want Segregation they have been the Plantation Owners of today! Look up online at the following states that have the most problems: Maryland, Chicago, Mishigan, California, New York, New Jersey. These States get BILLIONS of TAX PAYER DOLLARS to help those areas for Many Years and they still Look NO Different today than they looked 10, 20, 50 Years ago???…Some look even Worse and No one will look at the FACTS that the people Running the show are Doing Nothing for those People!!!…

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    GeorgeC July 21, 2020

    What to say about Portland, the lack of leadership over the years has ruined a good city. Far to liberal and totalLy gotten away from ground stable American values. Spare the rod, spoil the child.

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    Keith July 21, 2020

    The total cost of damages done should be divided by the number of people arrested and that should be the cost of their bail. Someone has to pay for the damage that work done by these rioters.

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