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‘Need something different’: Portland mayor bans tear gas usage by police amid over 100 days of rioting

Jake Dima on September 11, 2020

Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Thursday banned the use of tear gas on rioters in the Oregon city.

Wheeler, who is also the Portland police commissioner, banned the use of tear gas munitions on rioters, despite ongoing riots in the city that have surpassed the 100-day mark, according to a press release from his office. Wheeler wrote that the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police have been using the gas to quell riots over the nearly 4-month period.

“We need something different,” the Democrat wrote. “We need it now.”

“It’s time for everyone to reduce the violence in our community,” he continued. “We all want change. We all have the opportunity and obligation to create change. We all want to focus on the fundamental issue at hand – justice for Black people and all people of color.”

Wheeler said his administration and the state legislature are seeking “safer alternatives” to the non-lethal gas.

“I commend the work that the Oregon State Legislature and Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform have done to date to convene experts to evaluate the use of gas and what safer alternatives may exist that prevent the need for greater force,” he said. “I commit the City of Portland to full participation in these reforms and encourage the Legislature to take up this issue as soon as possible.”

The Portland Police Bureau condemned Wheeler’s decision to ban the use of the gas and they challenged an alleged misconception saying that the gas is used for crowd control, according to a press release.

“CS gas is a tool which has been used sparingly in the last 104 nights,” the bureau wrote. “We want to clear up a misconception that it is being used as crowd control. It is not. It is being used to disperse crowds only when there is a life safety event. Most recently, it was used to disperse a crowd from which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at officers and ended up injuring a community member who was on fire.”

“Banning the lawful use of CS will make it very difficult to address this kind of violence without resorting to much higher levels of physical force, with a correspondingly elevated risk of serious injury to members of the public and officers,” the bureau continued.

The mayor condemned criminal behavior from rioters and he expects “the police to arrest people who engage” in violence.

“Arson, vandalism, and violence are not going to drive change in this community,” he said. “I expect the police to arrest people who engage in criminal acts. I expect the District Attorney to prosecute those who commit criminal acts. And I expect the rest of the criminal justice system to hold those individuals accountable.  We must stand together as a community against violence and for progress.”

Riots have continued in Portland since the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes. Nine rioters were charged Wednesday for crimes ranging from launching mortars at federal buildings to injuring a law enforcement officer, according to KXL 101.

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  1. Alex Czeranko September 12, 2020

    Another example of a Democrat, who has been elected to run a city, and they have NO CLUE what to do. When will the people who have continued to elected these incompetent individuals wise up and make a change. This is not just in cities like Portland, but Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore and others. VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE TRUMP 2020

  2. Mit September 12, 2020

    Use giant fans to blow feathers at the rioters…….. They will be so tickled and they will be laughing so hard their riot will be under control in no time… That’s about as good a plan as Ted came up with…. Heaven forbid you make the rioters uncomfortable…. better yet….use the fans to blow cash at them…. that will make them scatter…

  3. Gary September 12, 2020

    I agree with the mayor. Tear gas is nasty and offensive. If it was up to me, I would use something less obtrusive like automatic rifle fire or hand grenades.

  4. A. D Roberts September 13, 2020

    Wheeler, the radical leftist Democrat says that tear gas is not getting the job done. He is right. I say arm each officer with AR15s and REAL bullets. When they start to throw ANY objects at the LEOs, start shooting and don’t stop shooting until everyone is out of sight. You see, IF you want to stop them, you have to show them that YOU MEAN BUSINESS. And when attacked with deadly assault, it is time to USE DEADLY FORCE. These criminals are cowards and will run if they know they are likely to die. Like their commander who cried like a baby when arrested.

  5. Michael Wilkinson September 13, 2020

    Yeah, you are absolutely correct, Wheeler. Portland does need something different….a new Mayor! You’ve shown that you couldn’t lead a platoon of fleas to hike their legs in unison! So typical Dumbocrat!

  6. Rob September 13, 2020

    Mr Wheeler. All people of color. WHITE is a color too you ignorant fool.

  7. A.G. September 14, 2020

    I concur with Mr. Roberts. In every one of these so called instances of “police violence,” some degenerate was breaking the law & got caught. At that point they had the opportunity to comply with the officers & chose not to. There hasn’t been one that didn’t have priors & several have been hopped up on a multitude of substances. Where’s the mystery here? Apparently our way of thinking is antiquated. If these retards in the streets are any indication of what we have in store for us if they’re let to run amok the way they have thus far… I say take the gloves off.

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