Portland mayor refuses help, tells federal officers to ‘stay inside’ or ‘leave’ his city


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Following weeks of continued protests and unrest in Oregon, Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler is thumbing his nose at any offers of federal assistance to restore order.

The defiant Democrat rebuffed the Department of Homeland Security’s offer to help quell violent demonstrations, declaring that his “immediate concern” is actually with the violence by federal officers. Wheeler declined the offer and told federal agents to “stay inside” or “leave” the city.

(Image: KPTV screenshot)

Wheeler continued his criticism of federal officers and the “life-threatening tactics” they use in messages on Twitter Tuesday, following the intervention of federal law enforcement agencies which dispatched officers to protect federal buildings and personnel as unrest in Portland continues since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

“Today the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security asked to speak with me about demonstration activity in Portland. He expressed his concern about ongoing violence and asked how his agency can help,” Wheeler tweeted, referring to Chad Wolf, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

“I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use,” Wheeler added. “We do not need or want their help.”

Despite the massive destruction to property amid the violent protests, and the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Portland residents, the Democrat seemed more concerned about law-breakers being confronted by law enforcement.

Over the past weekend, a demonstrator allegedly trying to break down the door of a federal government building with a hammer used the instrument to strike a federal officer in the head.

Last week, President Donald Trump praised DHS efforts to quell the violence in Portland, remarking that federal officers were dispatched to deal with property destruction at the federal courthouse because “the locals couldn’t handle it.”

Wheeler responded Sunday by calling out the federal officers’ actions which “escalated” the situation and led to the injury of a protester.

“A person was seriously injured in Portland last night. This should not have happened,” Wheeler said. “I’m concerned that the actions of federal officers last night escalated, rather than deescalated, already heightened tensions in our city.”

But with reportedly millions of dollars in losses facing businesses in the city which has been under siege for weeks, the mayor on Tuesday reiterated that he does not want federal intervention and even gave an added jab about the graffiti on federal buildings left by rioters he won’t control.

“The best thing they can do is stay inside their building,” Wheeler wrote Tuesday. “Or leave Portland altogether.”

As Portland’s leaders huff about federal assistance, and look for ways to “reform” their police department, residents have had enough of the games.




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