Portland Mayor tear-gassed by police during protest photo op
Portland’s Mayor was tear-gassed late Wednesday night as he stood with protesters against the presence of federal agents in Portland.
“A riot was declared in Portland just after midnight Thursday morning after Mayor Ted Wheeler’s tense visit with protesters — where he was booed, told to resign, given a list of demands and tear-gassed by federal agents,” says Fox News.
Wheeler, who has opposed President Trump’s surge of federal agents into Portland to put down rioting, accused the agents of making the situation in Portland worse.
“They are sharply escalating the situation. Their presence here is actually leading to more violence and more vandalism. And it’s not helping the situation at all,” Wheeler said on CNN’s State of the Union, according to the Associated Press.
Wheeler joined the protest to hear the grievances of the crowd who say they have been “violated repeatedly” by Portland Police and federal agents.
But as protests grew out of hand — throwing projectiles, fireworks and starting fires — Portland Police declared a riot and ordered the crowd to disperse just after 12:30 a.m.
CNN for one said that the federal response was “measured” and that tear gas was used to combat fires that had been set during the riot.
“CNN witnessed a noticeably more measured response by federal agents compared to previous evenings. Rather than lining up in formation to march protesters back several blocks, federal agents used crowd dispersant projectiles and tear gas long enough to extinguish the flames that had been set, before retreating back into the federal building,” said the network.
President Trump says he’s not backing down and will send police resources anywhere they are needed in America.
“We’re going to have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you,” Trump said Monday. “In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve been there three days, and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time.”
Over the last two months, the country, including Portland, has witnessed a severe degradation of America’s ability to police itself.
“The average police response time in June and July for high-priority burglaries,” for example, “increased 150 percent, to 16 minutes this year” in Portland says Fox News.
“In June and July of 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively, it took officers an average of 6 minutes to respond to such calls.”
The problem is that police are too busy taking care of Mayor Wheeler’s protesters– and protesters in other cities– to do the job of day-to-day policing.
And ten minutes feels like an eternity when waiting for the police to come.
Unfortunately for some Americans who have been victims of violence over the last few months, eternity came too early.
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