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PORTLAND, OR– Since the end of May, Portland has seen an exuberant amount of violence on its streets. Protesters are venturing out daily to stir up trouble wherever they can. This is in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Due to the fact that it is currently taboo to allow law enforcement officers to actually do their jobs, Portland City Officials have decided to take a back seat, and let their citizens run amuck.
It is not hard to see that politics is playing a large part as to why the city is still facing so much crime. Portland mayor Ted Wheeler has told officers to step back and allow the protests to take place.
Here’s what to know about Portland Mayor/police comissioner @tedwheeler. Since coming into office in 2017, his policing directive is to pull law enforcement back to allow the far-left to violently protest, occupy and riot. https://t.co/1S4A1yPLbh
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 16, 2020
If these protests were peaceful, it would be one thing, but they are violent and out of control. They have now lasted 47 consecutive days- days (and nights) full of crime and looting is too much for any city, and the people living there.
These “protesters” are defacing and destroying buildings and property, attacking police officers, and creating havoc for the law-abiding citizens who live there.
Portland protest day 49 pic.twitter.com/6vWtP4Kb0Y
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) July 17, 2020
In a statement this week, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said:
“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.”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 12, 2020
President Donald trump has promised to “quell” the violence, and take matters into his own hands since Portland officials refuse to do so.
This week, he did just that.
Since at least July 14th, Federal agents wearing camouflage and masks have been approaching unruly protesters in unmarked vehicles and whisking them away.
Anonymous federal agents in camouflage are rounding up American citizens right now. https://t.co/EeLz4RSlt7
— The Nation (@thenation) July 17, 2020
Oregon public broadcasting said in a statement this week:
“Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14.”
These unidentified Federal Agents are taking people off the streets without any warning, and detaining them at the courthouse.
It goes without saying that left-wing media groups are claiming this is a violation of peoples rights. However, it is becoming an effective way to control the chaos and crime that the Portland political officials are choosing to ignore.
Federal officers have stormed Portland's streets as part of President Trump's promised strong response to ongoing protests. Civil rights advocates suggested the Trump administration is testing the limits of its executive power. https://t.co/U7y7kxQbpR
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) July 17, 2020
While some of the people taken are being charged with the crimes they are committing, others are detained, questioned, and released just as fast as they are taken.
Even if they’re actually booked into jail, they’re let out almost before the riot they’re participating in is even under control.
What's taking place in Portland with the 6.5 weeks of daily violent protests should serve as a warning to the rest of the country of what happens when weak politicians coddle antifa and the far-left. Listen to my radio interview: https://t.co/T8O3E0IXZA pic.twitter.com/ThMAWJ24i6
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 16, 2020
Oregon public broadcasting said:
“Federal officers have charged at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests so far, while others have been arrested and released.”
The Department of Homeland Security has recently released an extensive report that documents the violence occurring during these protests.
Here are some of the events that happened just this week:
- Six violent anarchists were detained and cited.
- A mob of 300 refused to comply with directions not to trespass on federal property.
- Another mob of 200 individuals armed with sledgehammers, tasers and/or stun guns, gathered in Chapman Park across from the Hatfield Courthouse.
- Violent anarchists launched fireworks, threw fecal matter and large objects, and pointed lasers at federal law enforcement officers.
- Violent anarchists deployed a plywood blockade while graffitiing the Edith Green-Wenell Wyatt Federal Building, before firing wrist rockets at the facility.
- When an arrest team was deployed to apprehend a rioter who encroached on a police barrier and refused to leave, they were assaulted by violent anarchists.
- A rioter trespassed on the steps of the Hatfield Courthouse and was confronted by federal law enforcement Officers, then swallowed a large amount of narcotics. Law enforcement called medical services after the individual started to convulse.
- Despite more orders to stay off of federal property and to cease unlawful activity, FPS was forced to push back violent anarchists. The Portland Police Bureau declared the mob an unlawful assembly.
Federal law enforcement officers used tear gas & flash bangs to disperse the crowd. Dustin Brandon, who has been out every night to protest, explains to @JenDowlingKoin6 how this was worse than what was deployed by Portland Police. #PortlandProtest #Teargas #koin6news pic.twitter.com/Mv5F3cjb4W
— Matt Rashleigh (@Matt_KOIN) July 17, 2020
- Violent anarchists released personal information of federal law enforcement officers to the public, publishing names of those in Portland.
- Violent anarchists continued to assault law enforcement officers with lasers, slingshots and fireworks. Others were armed with sledge hammers, tasers, and stun guns, and dragged flaming debris into the scene.
- Violent anarchists set a container of liquid on fire at the Terry Schrunk Plaza.
- Violent anarchists jumped a fence and attempted to breach the Edith Green Federal Building.
- Violent anarchists assaulted federal law enforcement officers with cans and other hard objects while they attempted to unblock the entrance of the Edith Green Federal Building.
- Violent anarchists doxed members of federal law enforcement.
- Violent anarchists attempted to damage the Hatfield Courthouse by throwing objects at it and spray painting it. Numerous fireworks were also lit.
- Violent anarchists trespassed on federal property and destroyed a card reader at the Justice Center.
Given the amount of violence that is taking place each and every day, it is refreshing to have people finally trying to put an end to it.
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Here is more on the violence in Portland, brought to you this week by Law Enforcement Today.
Demonstrations have entered a seventh consecutive week in Portland. This includes a clash that lasted into Tuesday morning in which demonstrators and cops faced off for hours at a police union building in a north Portland.
Tuesday evening, the Portland Police Department took to Twitter to declare the protests a riot, tweeting:
“A riot has been delcared. Everyone needs to disperse immediately and leave to the East.”
In addition to declaring a riot, the Portland Police sent out another tweet saying their officers have been hit with paint, ball bearings, and glass bottles, which the added are criminal acts.
Some of the items thrown at officers include paint, ball bearings, and glass bottles, which are all criminal acts. pic.twitter.com/9ghKqB8urT
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 14, 2020
Police repeatedly ordered the crowd to disperse and threatened to use tear gas, but ultimately did not.
Monday’s events, the latest after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, followed a similar incident over the weekend, when a federal officer protecting a courthouse was hit in the head with a hammer.
Damages reached an estimated $50,000 when rioters attempted to break through the court’s doors, local NBA affiliate KGW reported.
Police were able to arrest a 23-year-old from Texas on assault charges.
The officer injured was one of many federal law enforcement agents called in to help settle the mayhem, deployed earlier this month among a dozen agencies and departments sent by the Department of Homeland Security, Fox News said.
Federal officers from the U.S. Marshals, the Federal Protective Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have moved through the city to protect federal property such as Mark. O Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Pioneer Courthouse, and the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building as well as Terry Schrunk Plaza.
Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler has criticized the decision to send in federal officers, accusing President Donald Trump of escalating the violence.
Wheeler tweeted out that the president did not quell the violence, instead saying:
“His heavy-handed tactics led to a serious injury and enflamed an already tense situation.”
The President did not quell it, he escalated it. His heavy-handed tactics led to a serious injury and enflamed an already tense situation. https://t.co/V1lZeOLWD1
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 14, 2020
Just last week, Portland’s Deputy Chief Chris Davis defended what some have called aggressive tactics by the department.
Refusing to label the demonstrators as “protesters,” Davis referred to them as “agitators.”
“There’s a very big difference between protests and the kind of mayhem that we see every night. You’re going to hear me make a lot of effort not to refer to what we’re talking about here as protests, because protests and this are two different things.”
The press conference, which was organized by Mayor Wheeler’s office, highlighted the divide of many city officials.
Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly have continually questioned police tactics in handling the events of the recent weeks, the police have amped up their criticism of the riots.
Tim Becker, the mayor’s spokesman, mentioned in a statement that the mayor is “supportive of the intent” of Davis’ presentation, which described “what’s happening every night from an operational standpoint.”
Davis offered support for the Black Lives Matter movement and peaceful protesters during his press conference.
He also displayed the infographic for protest roles created by the Hong Kong “freedom fighters” who are protesting to remain autonomous from China’s authority.
We have seen all of this at demonstrations in Portland. https://t.co/jYlZrHKhH8
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 6, 2020
Davis’ presentation followed a press conference in which Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner said the union had issued a no-confidence vote against the City Council to “stop the rioting and looting and protect the safety and livelihoods of all Portlanders.”
“If City Council won’t stand up for Portland, we will.”
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