Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler held a press conference earlier today where he attempted to do damage control in the aftermath of violent attacks conducted by left-wing domestic terrorists in his city over a week ago.
During the press conference, Wheeler directed his ire toward police union president Daryl Turner over “misinformation” that he says he spread in a social media post.
“He crossed a line when he publicly stated in a Facebook message that I was not allowing the police to enforce the law, that gave license to people elsewhere, particularly in right-wing political circles, but, as I say, this became a global phenomenon,” Wheeler said.
“They came back to his message as the proof that I had in fact handcuffed the police during the June 29th demonstration,” he added.
Turner put Wheeler on blast in the aftermath of brutal ANTIFA beatings, which included a vicious assault on journalist Andy Ngo who reportedly suffered a brain bleed as the result of the attacks.
“It’s time for our Mayor to do two things,” Turner wrote in an open letter directed at Wheeler last week. “Tell both ANTIFA and Proud Boys that our City will not accept violence in our City and remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action. Enough is enough.”
“Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence? If this violence had been directed at ANTIFA, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation,” Turner wrote on July 1. “This is a perfect example of Portland politics at work and why our great City is now under fire in the national news.”
Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, who was hand-picked by Mayor Wheeler to take the role, backed up the assertions from her boss that he did nothing wrong.
“First and foremost,” she said, “I want to use this opportunity to let everyone know: The mayor never gave us direction to stand down on Saturday, ever.”
Wheeler continued with his denunciation of the police union president’s characterization of his behavior.
“By his releasing that statement, he contributed to the misinformation and the noise. I don’t think he did the police bureau any favors. I don’t think he did the men and women who serve in the police bureau any favors, and he certainly didn’t do me any favors,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler concluded his thought by adding that Turner and he “have a relationship” despite their many differences and ultimately want what is best for the city.
“As I say, we both want the same things. We’re just going to have to find a way to work well together going forward,” he concluded.
Wheeler and Turner have had many run-ins in the past. Turner, an African-American, criticized Wheeler in 2017 for inferring that Portland law enforcement has a racist history in a job posting for a new police chief.
Turner has also claimed that the “livability that once made Portland a unique and vibrant city is now replaced with human feces in businesses doorways, in our parks, and on our streets,” attributing much of the blame to Wheeler.
He has also blasted Wheeler for refusing to intervene with police during a left-wing occupation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters, and called him out for his tolerance of ANTIFA thugs in the past.
“The culture of enablement, restriction of enforcement, criticism of police when we act, and criticism of police when we don’t act, along with an over-emphasis on de-escalation and disengagement has led us to our present, unacceptable situation,” Turner said in a statement.
Wheeler seems unfazed by the many criticisms of his stewardship over Portland, and offered little other than trite lip service during today’s press conference.
Seven ANTIFA Militants Facing Federal Charges for Attack on Portland Courthouse
They attacked a courthouse.
Seven ANTIFA-linked left-wing rioters are facing federal charges for a mass attack on the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland last week.
A press release from the Department of Justice names the criminal suspects, announcing that they would be charged federally for their sophisticated and aggressive attack on the federal building.
“Rowan Olsen, 19, of Portland, is charged with disorderly conduct, creating a hazard on federal property, and failing to obey a lawful order; Shant Singh Ahuja, 28, of Oceanside, California, is charged with destruction of federal property; and Andrew Steven Faulkner, 24, of Beaverton, Oregon; Gretchen Margaret Blank, 29, of Seattle, Washington; Christopher Fellini, 31, of Portland; Cody Porter, 28, of Portland; and Taimane Jame Teo, 24, of Eugene, Oregon, are charged with assaulting federal officers.”
7 people arrested, facing charges after attacking fed law officers protecting courthouse via “aerial fireworks including mortars; high intensity lasers targeting officers’ eyes; thrown rocks, bottles, and balloons filled with paint from demonstrators.”https://t.co/dBGrMabZ1N
— Kerri Kupec DOJ (@KerriKupecDOJ) July 7, 2020
ANTIFA-linked militants had waged a siege on the federal building, deploying high-intensity lasers in an attempt to blind federal law enforcement, the use of crude mortar devices to cause destruction, barricading the facility doors to keep law enforcement trapped inside, and covering it with leftist graffiti.
One of the ANTIFA rioters was also arrested in possession of a pipe bomb in the presence of a separate left-wing riot in Portland.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 7, 2020
This appears to be some of the most intense and sophisticated political terrorism since the beginning of the George Floyd riots, openly attacking a federal facility in coordination with the intent of overthrowing the United States government.
If the criminal suspects aren’t vigorously prosecuted and sentenced appropriately for the coordinated violence, the federal government will simply lose any and all credibility in deterring left-wing political violence and open the door for ANTIFA to stage more attacks with impunity.
With the Portland Police largely called off by left-wing city officials from cracking down on ANTIFA militancy, it’s largely up to the federal authorities to uphold the rule of law and the preservation of the United States government in the leftist utopia.
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