Portland Mayor Stands By Orders to Police to Stand Down as Dangerous Antifa Rioters Attacked Citizens

Ted Wheeler, the hardcore, leftist mayor of Portland, Oregon, is standing by his decision to tell the Portland Police Department to stand down from stopping dangerous Antifa rioters from attacking Portland citizens last week.

Video burned up the Internet last week showing dangerous Antifa rioters accosting citizens and stopping traffic in downtown Portland. But the police stood idly by and allowed the protesters to do anything they wanted. It was total anarchy and the police did nothing whatever.

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But Mayor Wheelernow says he stands by the decision to keep police out of it.

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“I was appalled by what I saw in the video, but I support the Portland Police Bureau’s decision not to intervene,” he said at a Friday press conference. “This whole incident will be investigated.”

Wheeler reiterated that sentiment on Twitter:

The video Wheeler was reacting to was posted by a local journalist, according to the Washington Times:

The video posted by journalist Andy C. Ngo showed protesters, including members of antifa and Black Lives Matter, blocking an intersection and attempting to direct traffic at while officers on motorcycle watched from a block away.

At one point, the activists chased down 74-year-old Kent Houser after he made a right turn against their wishes, pounding on his silver Lexus and breaking a window. The car sustained thousands of dollars in damage, he told the Oregonian.

Even so, Mr. Wheeler insisted that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.”

Demonstrators did not obtain a permit before holding the Oct. 6 march to protest the death of Patrick Kimmons, a 27-year-old black man who was shot and killed Sept. 30 by police. The shooting is under investigation.

Despiteall that law breaking by the leftist protesters, Wheeler says taking no action at all was the best course of action.

But residents are not as sanguine of that idea. Many wonder why the left-wing mayor allowed the let-wing rioters to do what ever they wanted despite breaking numerous laws in the doing.

Wheeler went on to pretend that he was a strong supporter of the police by acting as if he was sticking up for them.

“I’m willing to take criticism all day long from Fox News,” he said. “But I’m not willing to accept criticism from Fox News of the men and women of the Portland Police Bureau.”

Now there is some major spin, don’t you think?

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