Doubling down: As mayor attacks feds, protects protestors… elite Border Patrol Unit sent to Portland

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PORTLAND, OR – The message from President Trump is pretty clear.  If you won’t clean up Portland, Mr. Mayor, I will.

President Trump recently sent out federal law enforcement officers to Portland to respond to the chaos that has been occurring since the murder of George Floyd. 

Local leaders have allowed the riots and lawlessness to continue over 40 straight days and the federal government has now stepped in to bring an end to the chaos. 

The Department of Homeland Security and a crew from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) has been deployed in Portland according to the New York Times. 

Reuters also reports that members of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers are also in Portland assisting.  According to Reuters:

“A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokeswoman said on Friday agents had been deployed to Portland to support a newly launched US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unit, tasked with enforcing last month’s executive order from Republican President Donald Trump to protect federal monuments and buildings.”

Once in position, this unit began working to bring calm back to the area and protect the federal properties in that location as well as the federal officers.  Although this may be comforting to some, there are of course those who allege wrongdoing on the part of the federal authorities. 

One of the complaints is the arrest of a protestor for unknown reasons.  The people in the crowd assume that the officers have no probable cause to arrest them, probably because they have no knowledge as to why he was taken into custody or if they did would never say it in a public or official setting. 

The people then claim that the person was “kidnapped,” which, if the studied law at all or even had a basic knowledge of the law they would know that if an officer makes an arrest and transports that person from the scene, it is not kidnapping, it is an arrest. 

Explanations for what an arrest is versus a kidnapping are available on the internet or in law books, perhaps this woman and the House Speaker should look them up.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are among those that are unhappy with the federal forces moving in to stop the riots.  Pelosi tweeted:

“Unidentified stormtroopers.  Unmarked cars.  Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti.  These are no the actions of a democratic republic.  @DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission.  Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.” 

Pelosi’s remarks are akin to a ‘dog whistle,’ a term widely used by her and her democratic colleagues, in an effort to compare President Trump to Adolf Hitler.  To compare a President who takes actions through courts and one trying to end over a month of riots to a dictator who brutally murdered millions, is a head scratcher. 

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf for the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement:

 “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.  

“A federal courthouse is a symbol of justice – to attack it is to attack America. Instead of addressing violent criminals in their communities, local and state leaders are instead focusing on placing blame on law enforcement and requesting fewer officers in their community. This failed response has only emboldened the violent mob as it escalates violence day after day. 

“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.”

Is Seattle next on the list for DHS?  We sure hope so after what happened Sunday night.

At least a dozen police officers were injured, and one taken to the hospital after rioters wreaked havoc on the streets of Seattle on July 19th. 

Protests began between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. The protest quickly turned into a riot as people began looting stores and damaging buildings. 

The Amazon Go building was the more notably damaged building with windows being smashed and walls being spray painted. 

 Seattle journalist Katie Daviscourt tweeted: 

“Antifa Militants and Black Lives Matter rioters are breaking into Amazon Go Downtown Seattle, This protest has turned into a riot.”

Rioters then set their sights on a Police Precinct, smashing several windows, and throwing in a device that started a small fire. Thankfully no officers were injured in this attack, and it is under investigation.  

A path of destruction was left in the wake of July 19th’s not so peaceful “protests” as “protesters” went from Westlake Park to the Municipal Courthouse before heading back to the West Precinct. Two people were arrested outside the precinct around 5 p.m.

Rioters began throwing rocks, bottles and other objects at officers which resulted in at least twelve officers being injured, and one taken to the hospital for injuries sustained to the neck KOMO news reported.

This night of destruction has left behind countless dollars in damages, that will now fall on the taxpayers, but more importantly the officers who were trying to protect and serve were injured in the process. 

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This comes at Seattle officials are pushing to defund the police:

SEATTLE, WA – Responding to pressure from activist groups, seven of nine Seattle city council members agreed to a plan that includes defunding the Seattle Police Department by 50%.

Activist coalitions Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity now called for a 50% reduction in Seattle’s 2021 police budget, as well as a 50% reduction in the budget for the remainder of year 2020.

In addition, the groups presented a proposal calling on Seattle to:

  • Remove Seattle’s 911 dispatchers from police control
  • Scale up community-based solutions to public safety
  • Fund a community-led process to “imagine life beyond policing.”
  • Invest in affordable housing

 

Several of the council members backed the above proposal in addition to the 50% defunding, but no council members said exactly where the 50% of funds removed would go.

As we previously reported, a seven of nine majority on the council means that defunding can proceed without the approval of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

These ideas are not going over well with Seattle Police Department.

Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan told Fox and Friends that Seattle citizens would find themselves “plagued with crime” as a result of defunding. 

He spoke of how he saw a socialist bent on the council as dangerous to their constituents:

“The insanity and the unreasonable activism continued with the Seattle city council, where certain socialist-leaning council members have control of the public safety discourse in our city. 

“And the reality is that they have our entire reasonable majority of citizens of Seattle hostage by their activism….

“And this is a significant problem, where crime will rise significantly, and over half, if not more of the police jobs in our city will be eviscerated.” 

On the Jason Rantz show Friday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best pulled no punches, calling council’s move “reckless,” and “dangerous.” 

She told the host:

“I think… the word ‘plan’ is rather loose here.  They haven’t got a plan.  All they’ve shown us, that they want to reduce the budget by 50%, I haven’t seen any real planning in that, and the real tragedy of doing that, you know, is that we will lose 1100 employees. 

“That’s 50% of our total workforce, because most of our budget is made up of our personnel costs.  And it would be a tragedy.  I think that it’s the height of recklessness for them to decimate the public safety of the city of Seattle without being thoughtful, and encouraging public engagement on this issue.”

When asked about the proposed civilian takeover of the 911 call system, Chief Best pointed out that already there is a system in place wherein “well trained” civilian dispatchers take those calls and “do a wonderful job.”    

Regarding the council’s idea of replacing police control with civilian control of 911, she added:

“I’m not sure what the council has in mind for that, but I can tell you the idea of gutting the police department and thinking we’re going to maintain public safety is absolutely the height of untested theory, and it’s a lot of political posturing, and we’re trying to really deal with public safety. 

“It just shows that they don’t know the facts.”

On the show, Best and Jason Rantz also compared the council’s proposed path to the “complete disaster” of CHOP.   

Best stated:

“It was a place where they were actively keeping police out of the area, and now we have our city council actively keeping police out of all the neighborhoods, and we saw the response and what happened when that happened:

“A complete area of lawlessness. 

“So this is really, I cannot overemphasize how critically dangerous this is for the people who live and work in the city. 

“I come out emphatically because it really is untested theory and other than the CHOP, untested theory, and it’s political posturing, and it is incredibly reckless.”

 

Chief Best told the host that she and Mayor Jenny Durkan are “perfectly aligned on this,” saying:

“Neither the mayor or certainly not myself wants to see this 50% cut be done without having great discussion about what public safety looks like in the future of this city and without including the community.”

Mayor Durkan herself describes her relationship with Police Chief Best as “excellent,” though she has called for $20 million in budget cuts to the police, the most from any department, as part of addressing the city’s $300 million budget shortfall as a whole. 

Durkan did raise concerns that an immediate 50% reduction in the police budget would mean “eliminating police response on all regards because the year is half done.” 

She is, however, in favor of shifting funds from police to social programs.

In a Twitter video message to the Seattle Police Department, Police Chief Best declared:

“I do not believe we should ask the people of Seattle to test out a theory that crime goes away if police go away.  That is completely reckless.  It’s an abdication of the duty every leader of the city swears to when they take their oath of office.”

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