Portland mayor moving from condo, apologizes for putting neighbors at risk
Portland’s Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler has issued an apology to the residents of the 16-floor high-rise tower that his condo occupies, saying sorry for the violence and announcing his move.
“I want to express my sincere apologies for the damage to our home and the fear that you are experiencing due to my position,” according to a screenshot of the email sent to The Oregonian/OregonLive. “It’s unfair to all of you who have no role in politics or in my administration.”
Wheeler’s condo has been the target of fires, vandalism, firework attacks, broken windows and harassment by Black Lives Matters protesters in Portland for several weeks. Although the mayor and the condo enjoy private security, the police have found themselves unable to respond to repeated calls about the violence at the tower.
Wheeler is now a man without a city—and a condo—after repeatedly condemning both police and protesters for “violence.”
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell, who is Black, has demanded that local politicians stand up against the night-after-night violence in the city.
“As I’ve stated repeatedly,” said Lovell in a statement, “the nightly violence is coming at increased cost. It is not only that occupied buildings are being targeted. Gun violence is skyrocketing. Emergency calls for service are not being answered. This is impacting the safety of our entire [c]ity and urgent action is needed. Our elected officials need to do their part to draw a line in the sand and to hold people accountable. The violent behavior must end.”
Wheeler agreed, but blamed police after a video surfaced of a cop arresting a protester and punching the protester in the head repeatedly after the protester punched the cop in the face so hard the cop lost his helmet.
“These acts range from stupid, to dangerous, to criminal,” Wheeler said about both cops and criminals. “The violence must stop. None of this should sit well with any thinking Portlander.”
No wonder cops are slow to respond to Wheeler’s calls at his condo.
Yet, there are more innocent lives at stake there, too.
“The [other] families that live inside [the mayor’s building] have done absolutely nothing to provoke a threat to their lives,” Lovell added.
Thus, Wheeler thinks it’s best for him to leave, since he won’t protect his neighbors, his city or even himself.
“As much as I have enjoyed living in our building and being your neighbor, it is best for me and for everyone else’s safety and peace that I move,” Wheeler wrote in his email, according to local KPTV Fox 12.
One neighbor at least is glad to see him go.
“I was happy to hear it. It’s more sleep for us and less anxiety. When you live in a condo, you have to protect the other residents,” condo tower resident Bob Garsha said.
Unspoken by Garsha and Lovell is that you’re supposed protect everyone when you are mayor, even if Wheeler can’t understand it.
Or perhaps Wheeler does understand it and it means Wheeler will also leave Portland soon, too.
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