Portland ‘leaders’ demand removal of fence around federal courthouse – claim it’s because it “blocks bike lane”

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PORTLAND, OR – For nearly two months, violence has reigned daily in Portland.  “Protesters” have damaged and destroyed property, set fires, attacked other citizens, and assaulted law enforcement.

Despite objections of local officials like Mayor Ted Wheeler, Governor Kate Brown, and AG Ellen Rosenblum, who have repeatedly referred to the protests as “peaceful,” federal law enforcement officers have been sent to Portland to protect federal property and deal with the violent activists.

Federal official and U.S. Attorney of Oregon, Billy J. Williams, has a different take than those local officials on the necessity for the presence of federal law enforcement.

He said in a statement to KATU News:

“The overarching goal of law enforcement is public protection and, during tense and dangerous situations, de-escalation. Federal law enforcement officers protecting the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse and other federal buildings have been operating with those two critical goals.”

Williams also spoke of the actual violence perpetrated by the protesters, saying:

“Night after night for the past 50 nights, [federal law enforcement officers] have protected the federal courthouse from incursion and fire. They have rebuffed efforts to enter the building by force and have been met with an onslaught of commercial fireworks, laser strikes, glass, mortars, paint, and anything else near at hand.”

It is no wonder, then, that Federal Officials have found it necessary to erect a barrier around the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland.  The fence is made of steel mesh panels and is reinforced with concrete barriers.

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has objected to the fence, calling it:

“…both an abuse of public space and a threat to the traveling public.”

Eudaly went on to say:

“It is shameful that unnamed, unannounced federal agents would illegally erect a wall to hide from the people they are sworn to serve, and I have instructed PBOT to closely monitor the federal occupiers’ actions for additional violations.”

Eudaly recently passed a resolution, unanimously approved by the Portland City Council, banning local law enforcement from working with federal law enforcement.

Chris Warner, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, threatened legal response if the fence is not removed.

In a letter to the U.S. General Services Administration, Warner wrote:

“The structures are both unpermitted and represent a hazard to the traveling public, particularly along SW Main, which is a major bicycle corridor into the central business district. The structure completely obstructs the bike lane and needs to be removed promptly.”

Warner added:

“Failure to remove will constitute a Class I violation of City Code and Transportation Administrative Rules designed to protect the safety of the traveling public and will be subject to fines and potential legal action.”

Chief Deputy City Attorney Robert Taylor added a Cease and Desist demand, which stated:

“The Portland Bureau of Transportation demands that the federal government cease and desist immediately from placing any unpermitted fencing or jersey barriers in the City’s right-of-way.”

Despite city officials’ apparent concern over the fence obstructing bicycle lanes and the “traveling public,” it nevertheless appears that the the Portland Bureau of Transportation has no problem with protesters and rioters gathering in the streets.

In an official press release calling for the removal of the fence, the PBOT declared,

“In Portland, we use our streets for access to jobs and housing, and as places for Portlanders to gather and celebrate our shared values. Sometimes, we use our streets to speak truth to powerful government officials.”

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In case you missed it, here is how Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler experienced the violence in his own city when he ventured into the protests for the first time:

Looks like Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler caught the bad end of both the protesters (actually, rioters, if we’re being honest) as well as federal authorities on the evening of July 22nd.

Shortly after midnight on July 23rd, authorities declared a riot in the city.  

Mayor Wheeler just couldn’t catch a break between the evening of July 22nd and the early morning hours of July 23rd.

Reports say that a crowd of protesters booed him, chants for his resignation were screamed, and he even managed to get a fresh taste of tear gas when he antagonized federal agents.

When Mayor Wheeler was trying to gain the support from the crowd, he addressed the protesters saying that he was against the presence of federal law enforcement within the city, saying the following:

“I think what we’re doing tonight is actually the best thing we can do right now. Be here, be heard, be unified, and be clear. We didn’t want them, we didn’t ask for them, they’re not trained for what they’re being asked to do. And we want them to leave.”

Thereafter, the mayor was reported as addressing an even larger crowd, delivering the words that can apparently end racism:

“I am here tonight to stand with you. Black lives matter!”

Apparently, the mayor screaming “black lives matter” just wasn’t good enough for the mob (since, clearly, we’ve seen that’s not actually what they’re about). Now the mayor started saying that he was going to attempt to have federal agents removed from the city in an effort to appease the clamoring crowd.

Indeed – the crowd still jeered him and cursed at him repeatedly.  

But when Mayor Wheeler said he wouldn’t commit to abolishing the police – as the black lives matter crowd hosted a projection of their list of demands – he was admonished by the hoodlums even more.

Oh, and among those listed demands projected on the wall was the mayor’s resignation.

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Despite his lack of support, Mayor Wheeler decided to join along with the crowd of miscreants to post up in front of the federal courthouse. The same federal courthouse that has had the likes of federal agents making sure that no more vandalism and rioting takes place on federal property.

Well, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happened next.

Mayor Wheeler got a fresh taste of tear gas alongside all the others chanting and trying to tear down the fencing protecting the federal courthouse.

Even after trying to join in alongside the mob of miscreants – people still were giving Wheeler a hard time as someone from inside the mob threw something at the mayor.

After it was all said and done, Mayor Wheeler had had enough protesting for the night, and decided it was time to escape. However, the crowd was not feeling that in the least, and several people began crowding around the mayor and screaming – with some getting physically aggressive with his security details.

Yet, there are still people who claim that everything was sunshine and rainbows in Portland before the feds came in and started enacting arrests. People are pretending as if there wasn’t rioting in the streets before the feds came in.

Things have escalated to the point that outside observers can’t even tell what exactly the agenda is of these rioters in Portland – aside, perhaps, from perpetuating chaos.

Furthermore, people are starting to get tired of the “peaceful protest” clamoring- likening it to gaslighting whenever it is being spread online and in the media.

The notion of a “mostly peaceful protest” that people keep hearing about also happens to coincide with the same protests that turn violent, riotous, and ends in firebombs and vandalism. Ben Shapiro said it best when referring to how the media covers these protests:

“First of all, ‘mostly peaceful’ is the most — it’s the loosest, most loosely defined, arbitrarily applied term in history… O.J. Simpson was mostly peaceful that night — for like an hour and 15, he was really not peaceful — but for the other hours between sunset and sunrise, he was unbelievably peaceful.”

Shapiro continued his thoughts on the bad framing of what these protests really are:

“Like, I’ve never heard this term before, where a protest turns into a vast riot — you know, wrecking all of Melrose — and everybody’s like, ‘Well, it was mostly peaceful.’ Well, what the — what is that?”

Maybe Mayor Wheeler will have a different outlook on these rioters taking over the streets after getting a dose of how they truly feel about him.

Then again, maybe not.


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