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.
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VIDEO: Raucous Brawl Erupts at Bernie Sanders Rally Over Gun Rights
One man was evidently wearing a ‘Black Guns Matter’ t-shirt.
A raucous brawl erupted live on camera during a Bernie Sanders rally in Colorado in Monday, apparently fueled by a disagreement over gun rights between two Sanders supporters.
Footage of the brawl surfaced Monday night, showing two men aggressively wrestling and crashing into a restricted area of the event in Denver. Sanders’ voice can be heard in the background of the video, moving on with his campaign speech without referring to the fight.
Fight breaks out at Bernie Sanders event in Colorado pic.twitter.com/6IL2pgY4kV
— Luca🐝🇸🇪 (@luca_vhc) February 18, 2020
CBS 4 Denver claims to have been sent video documenting the beginning of the altercation. One individual in the fight, who spoke to the local news organization describing his side of the story, was wearing a ‘Black Guns Matter’ t-shirt, intending to display his support of gun rights despite being a progressive Sanders supporter. Another man took offense to the shirt’s supposed slight to the Black Lives Matter, and the disagreement boiled over into a violent incident.
The men weren’t removed from the rally after security stepped in to disrupt the ridiculous brawl. They were instead separated for the duration of the Sanders rally.
It’s somewhat pathetic that a white Sanders supporter feels it incumbent on himself to assault an individual who is black for wearing a ‘Black Guns Matter’ t-shirt, if the other participant’s account is to be believed. It’s even more concerning for Sanders’ political movement that some among his supporters can’t tolerate simple political disagreements over commonly supported issues such as gun rights, going to the lengths of starting a violent altercation at a campaign event.
All in all a poor look for Sanders supporters, to have a fight break out between two of their own over an utterly childish political disagreement. If you don’t like someone’s mildly provocative T-shirt, just look somewhere else.
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