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.
But Mayor Wheelernow says he stands by the decision to keep police out of it.
“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:
I was appalled by what I saw in that clip and I support the decisions of the @PortlandPolice. I trust them. I believe them as the law enforcement professionals who have to weigh complex legal and safety issues, not only for the people on the streets but also for themselves. -TW
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) October 12, 2018
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.
We loved frequently visiting downtown, having dinner, and shopping on the weekends. No more. You won’t protect us. You give your streets over to the violent anarchist group Antifa, and we are to follow their direction or be assaulted while police stand down?! You are pathological
— americana4zion (@americana4zion1) October 14, 2018
You should be removed from office. Your first duty was to protect the safety of citizens and ensure civil order. You purposely failed to do either.
— Mitchell Alex (@Vadermitch) October 14, 2018
You actively ceded Portland to masked terrorists who prey upon all who do not agree with them, including the elderly. We trust the police when you, the Commissioner, allow them to prevent Portland from becoming #Antifastan. @MrAndyNgo @BenShapiro
— Deb-U-Taunt (@Revel8Now) October 14, 2018
You are an example of what is wrong with American leadership today. #AntifaTerrorists are confused about what #protest is and encompasses. This is not protest. You should be impeached for abandoning your office. PPD officers that permit this should be terminated.
— Swannie (@bigalfromcal) October 14, 2018
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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