PORTLAND, OR – Chad Wolf, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, isn’t paying any mind to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s comments telling federal officers to “pack up and go home,” with regard to DHS getting order restored in Portland.
In fact, Wolf’s response to that notion made by the mayor is the following:
“That’s just not gonna happen on my watch.”
Well this should get interesting.
Thanks, DHS. All the best of luck and heartfelt prayers for your success.
DHS chief looks to 'restore order' in Portland whether mayor likes it or not https://t.co/yLXfeTH7i4
— ChaniseKobolowski (@chanicekobo) July 17, 2020
On July 16th, Wolf attended a meeting in Portland that consisted of federal law enforcement officials to discuss a means to address the rioting happening in Portland. Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and several other agencies were said to have joined in on the meeting.
Recently, Wolf has reached out to locally elected officials within the city and state to see about garnering support for Homeland Security’s efforts to get things under control in Portland, since the riots and protests have been transpiring nearly 50 days at this point.
Yet, an appearance on Fox News Channel’s show Hannity, Wolf stated that the local government in Oregon isn’t looking for the federal government’s help. In fact, local officials are suggesting that the feds leave town completely.
Wolf spoke of a conversation that he had with both Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, in an effort to offer support in getting things under control in the city.
However, Wolf stated that they were quite insolent in their refusal for assistance:
“Their only response was, ‘Please pack up and go home.’”
Well, it turns out that Mayor Wheeler essentially owned up to those very words, tweeting out the following on July 14th, making reference to the very conversation with Wolf:
“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. We do not need or want their help.”
The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether. Our goal is to end these violent demonstrations quickly and safely. And in the meantime, I asked him to clean up the graffiti on local federal facilities.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 14, 2020
“The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether. Our goal is to end these violent demonstrations quickly and safely. And in the meantime, I asked him to clean up the graffiti on local federal facilities.”
Anarchist sympathizers flooded the comments of Mayor Wheeler’s post, alleging that somehow the feds have been committing violent acts against “peaceful” demonstrators and are upset that the local police force hasn’t stopped them.
While the characterization that federal authorities have been violent toward those “peaceful” demonstrators is quite the wild accusation, it wouldn’t be crazy to think that the local police wouldn’t be going to bat for the group of folks that set fire to their police station the evening of June 25th.
I don't know, maybe police don't wanna help you dum dums since you tried burning down their police station with people inside of it. But yes….so peaceful.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) July 17, 2020
Nonetheless, Wolf is not the least bit deterred on whether he gets the blessing of either Portland’s mayor or Oregon’s governor – because he’s going to abide by Homeland Security’s mission either way:
“We’re not going to abdicate our mission, our responsibilities.”
According to a statement released online by the DHS, which was authored by Wolf, it further outlined that Portland is in dire need of federal intervention due to the lack of action taken by local elected officials:
“The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city. Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.”
The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 days straight by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city. @DHSgov stands ready to assist to bring this violent activity to an end. https://t.co/TgqY6yqFM1
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 16, 2020
The statement documented just some of the acts of rioting, vandalism, and violence that the city has seen in recent weeks – making note of the days that they happened as well. Nearly 90 instances of riotous, criminal acts were documented in the release.
Wolf’s statement on the release simply concluded with that if local officials simply did their job, the madness could be quelled:
“This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them. Again, I reiterate the Department’s offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists.”
At least DHS is trying to do something to save the city – since Portland officials seem to have no interest in doing so.
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Here’s another one of our recent reports out of Portland.
It’s the kind of story that makes you wonder if these politicians believe in law and order at all.
On Tuesday, Mayor Ted Wheeler lashed out at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) via his Twitter account.
Throughout a handful of tweets, the Mayor is seen urging federal agents to “stay inside” or “leave” as the city faces its 6th straight week of protests against racism and police brutality.
According to FoxNews, DHS deployed officers from multiple federal law enforcement agencies this month to help protect government installations, including the courthouses. Demonstrations have taken place from coast to coast after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Since Floyd’s death and the protests, city businesses have reported $23 million in losses due to looters and rioters. This is happening amid a coronavirus pandemic that is already causing massive economic damage to businesses around the country.
Businesses all over the country are trying to figure out how and if they can survive both the pandemic and the protests.
In Portland, chaos has broken out in the city’s streets, often aimed at federal property as activists and some local leaders have objected to the presence of federal officers. According to FoxNews, over the weekend, a 23-year-old demonstrator allegedly struck a federal officer in the head with a hammer outside the courthouse.
This same demonstrator is accused of beating a hole into the building’s door with the hammer before officers came inside. According to the Portland Police Bureau, the demonstrator then struck the officer in the head and shoulder with the hammer before being taken into custody.
According to Wheeler’s tweets:
“The best thing they can do is stay inside their building or leave Portland all together.”
He also criticized DHS for not cleaning the graffiti of the federal buildings by saying:
“While we’re busy cleaning our streets and buildings, the two federal buildings are covered with graffiti that has been there for weeks on end.”
According to the Portland Police Bureau, they have been struggling to contain the unrest. Their department’s official Twitter account shows images and videos of the demonstrations that have been going on for weeks on end. Some of the videos and images shared shows projectiles hurled at police, crowds refusing to clear out, and weapons seized from protesters.
Police officers have been injured in a number of incidents on multiple occasions due to protesters throwing fireworks at them. Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement:
“Our officers are tired, but they are resilient. Our community deserves better than than nightly criminal activity that destroys the value and fabric of our community.”
In contrast, other city leaders are exploring ways to reform the city’s police with proposals such as establishing a civilian board of commissioners or a community-controlled oversight board.
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