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Portland mayor calls protest arson ‘attempted murder’ as video surfaces of elderly assault

The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler (D), after months of denying the violent intent of protesters occupying an area downtown, last night called an arson attempt at the city’s East police precinct, “attempted murder,” as videos on social media show the alleged arsonists attacking an elderly woman putting out a fire.

“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people that you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating. You are attempting to commit murder,” Wheeler said, finally coming around to the Trump administration’s view that a crime is a crime, no matter the political views of the perpetrators.

Wheeler condemned the violence after videos appeared on social media of fires being started by protesters outside the precinct and attempts being made to break into the police station.

Video also shows protesters attacking an elderly woman outside the precinct who was trying to put out a fire with a small extinguisher.

“We have people who are intentionally planning to go out and attack precincts,” said Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell. “These senseless attempts to injure officers and destroy police facilities are reprehensible and need to stop.”

“I feel that lives hang in the balance,” he added.


Previously, the Trump administration mobilized federal agents to combat the violence but withdrew the federal police when local officials such as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) and Wheeler agreed to uphold the laws against violent protests.

Still, local TV station KGW8 went out of its way to say that protests have been peaceful, even after this latest incident, and condemned the “200” or so protesters who are violent night after night as the main cause of the trouble.

“Portland’s protests and rallies have mostly been peaceful, with thousands of people gathering in downtown Portland to chant, listen to speakers and call for change,” said the TV station.

“There has also been a small group, usually of 200 people or fewer, who have gathered late each night outside the Justice Center, federal courthouse, and Portland police precinct and union buildings. They’ve smashed windows, lit fires, and thrown objects at officers, including fireworks, rocks and bricks,” it concluded.

In July, Wheeler described the deployment of federal agents as an occupation, saying the feds’ attempt at arresting the 200 protesters that KGW8 tagged as causing the violence was a distraction from the Black voices yearning to be heard.

“The daily coverage of their actions [arresting protesters] has distracted our community from the Black voices at the center of this movement, and the urgent work of reform. I appreciate Governor Brown’s leadership in this discussion and her willingness to step in with State resources,” Wheeler said.

Let the reform continue.

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  1. Richard R. Pope August 7, 2020

    These aren’t protesters. They are violent insurrectionists and they need to be treated as such. They are a Clear and Present Danger to the Security of the Country and to the Safety and Welfare of Law Abiding Citizens. Deadly force is called for and it is justified.
    America: Love it or Leave it!
    All lives matter!
    The thin blue line matters!
    I stand for the flag and I kneel only for Jesus!
    GOD Bless and GOD Help us,

  2. Therese Breen August 7, 2020

    BLM is not about black lives. It is about throwing over our government and setting up a socialist one in its place. Defund the police, denounce the nuclear family all is they are chanting and burning bibles. F that. This is America and always will be. We wil defeat you commies. All lives matter.

  3. Alex Czeranko August 7, 2020

    It does not matter if it 2 or 200. The point is the protesting that took place was NOT peaceful. When will these Democrat governors and/or mayors realize that they are allowing these “thugs” to control their cities and/or states. When will the MSM also realize this is going on as well. Vote these left wing governors and mayors out of office. TRUMP 2020

  4. Dan Murphy August 7, 2020

    it’s time to put a stop to it, Ya think? It’s time to kick their fascist little a**’s!

  5. Fhockey August 7, 2020

    But the mayor insisted that everything was “peaceful”. What happened?!

  6. Fhockry August 7, 2020

    Get rid of the mayor and staff and let the chief of police do the job!

  7. Fhockey August 7, 2020

    Get rid of the mayor and staff and let the chief of police do the job!

  8. Billy Bob August 8, 2020

    A protest is only “peaceful” if it is 100% peaceful from start to finish.

    Cut the crap, there are bad actors in every protest. All protests without a permit should be stopped, and if anyone breaks the law should be arrestd , jailed, and sentenced, COVID-19 be damned.

    Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

  9. The Great Gearoni August 10, 2020

    The Governors, Mayors, Senators, et al DO realize it. They’re just playing dense much like Mao did during his cultural revolution where “University students” were purging anyone or anything Western. When asked to stop them Mao said “They don’t work for me!”.
    After the job was finished Mao called the student leaders into see him….it stopped that day. Hummm.

    The MSM do realize what is going on as well. They A PART of it. They are the disinformation arm of the Socialist/Democrats. As Mr. President Trump said “They are the enemy of the people.” and they are! Even their silence is misinformation.

    Putin and Xi are stunned and delighted that the MSM, Democrats and “Woke, cancel” culture is doing in spades what neither of the, in concert could have done.


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