Neoliberal Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler rebuked acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and the contingent of U.S. Marshals in the city on Tuesday, shaming the federal authorities for their action to crack down on ANTIFA’s spree of street riots and violent crime.
Wheeler recounted a conversation with Wolf, in which the DHS Secretary asked him how the federal authorities could help to alleviate the daily riots and street violence unleashed by ANTIFA-linked criminals upon the city. Wheeler then demanded that the Trump administration official remove the federal law enforcement presence from the city, leaving federal institutions such as the Hatfield Federal Courthouse at the mercy of the rioters.
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 Mayor has opted to condemn what he claims is a “system of white supremacy” necessitating the rioters’ criminal gatherings, accusing federal law enforcement of unfairly targeting the demonstrably violent street criminals.
ANTIFA rioters have taken to the city streets in violent ‘demonstrations’ for more than 40 nights since the death of George Floyd, attacking the city’s federal courthouse on a near nightly basis with weapons such as improvised firework mortars. The federal authorities have made arrests of ANTIFA terrorists enacting political violence, but the Portland police have been largely called off, and Multnomah County prosecutors have consistently dropped criminal charges against left-wing street rioters.
Small business owners and the downtown Portland community stand to pay the price as the Mayor cedes authority to left-wing criminals, with one estimate of the costs of economic damages from the nightly riots at $23 million dollars.
The free pass for the thugs and violent criminals of ANTIFA is all but explicit, with Portland’s systematic leftism enabling the criminal activities of the anarchist organization. The rioters will be emboldened to further attack U.S. Marshals and Portland’s federal facilities, knowing that the city’s mayor is on their side.
Husband of Los Angeles Prosecutor Jackie Lacey Charged with Assaulting Black Lives Matter Protestors
David Lacey pulled a gun on BLM protestors.
The husband of Democratic Los Angeles County prosecutor Jackie Lacey is being charged with three misdemeanors stemming from his armed confrontation of several Black Lives Matter protestors who arrived at his house to demand a “community meeting” with Lacey .
The charging documents were obtained by Politico and published on Tuesday. Xavier Becerra, the California Attorney General, is charging David Lacey with three misdemeanor counts of assault with a firearm against three people.
I’m front of DA Jackie Lacey’s house for that community meeting she promised with the @BLMLA crew. Rang her bell to invite her.
— Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) March 2, 2020
David Lacey showed exceptionally poor judgement during the incident, confronting the Los Angeles BLM protestors with his finger on the trigger of a firearm. The protestors don’t appear to have been engaging in illegal activity- it’s legal to solicit most residences through ringing on the doorbell if you aren’t asked to leave, although the protestors remained after David Lacey told them to “get off of my porch.”
David Lacey’s attorney, Samuel Tyre, released a statement expressing his disapproval that Becerra chose to file cirminal charges in the incident.
“My client and I are disappointed that the Attorney General’s Office felt that the conduct at issue amounted to criminal behavior. We disagree entirely with their assessment, but we have the utmost faith in the justice system, and we are confident that the correct result will be reached.
At this time we are not going to comment on the facts of the case, except to say that my client’s human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family and to keep them safe from physical harm. We look forward to all relevant facts coming to light.”
Elected officials of Democratic cities and communities seem entirely inept at responding to criticism of their leadership from Black Lives Matter.
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