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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
The Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, has once again refused help from the federal government in bringing the city’s rioting under control. Chad Wolf, Acting Homeland Security Secretary offered assistance to Mayor Wheeler, but has been rebuffed more than once.
In fact, Mayor Wheeler blames the federal officials for “the violence … brought to our streets in recent days.” Wheeler says he told Wolf to go and clean up the graffiti that’s now on some federal buildings.
Wheeler was making a point about last Saturday night when it was reported that a protester was injured after being shot at by a DHS (Department of Homeland Security) officer with what’s been described at as an impact munition, which left the protestor in critical condition.
It’s a shame he didn’t mention much about the 23-year-old demonstrator who allegedly struck a federal officer in the head with a hammer outside a courthouse. According to the Fox news article, The demonstrator is accused of beating a hole into the building’s door with the hammer before officers came outside. Then he struck the officer in the head and shoulder with the hammer before being taken into custody, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Does that mean the lawless, rioting, vandalizing mob that’s been causing massive problems in Portland for the last 47 days, are nothing more than innocent victims? That all the restless days leading up to that moment should just be ignored?
“The best thing they can do is stay inside their building,” Wheeler wrote Tuesday. “Or leave Portland altogether.”Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Who is Mayor Ted Wheeler?
According to the portland.gov website, Mayor Ted Wheeler was born and raised in Portland and comes from a family with deep roots in Oregon. As a 6th generation Oregonian, he is proud to call Portland home and is driven by his values of strengthening communities through inclusive, effective, and responsive government.
A top priority for him is listed as “Police reform, accountability, and restorative justice.”
Wheeler’s Facebook About page mentions that his goal “Mayor is to foster a clear and resolute direction for the future of Portland.”
Needless to say, Wheeler’s defiance hasn’t gone unnoticed over the years. Back in 2019, Ted Cruz tweeted about bringing legal action against the Mayor for being too lenient against activists.
A Fox News article quotes Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner as saying the mayor must “remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action.”
Portland police department Chief Chuck Lovell is quoted as saying, “Our officers are tired, but they are resilient,” announcing more than a dozen arrests on the Fourth of July. “Our community deserves better than nightly criminal activity that destroys the value and fabric of our community.”
Although Wheeler says things like “We do not need or want their help.” when referring to DHS, he also hasn’t mentioned in any certainty what the city of Portland does need.