Portland, Oregon -- Mayor Ted Wheeler might be making a huge mistake as he's dealing with at least five weeks of protests, pushing on a sixth, and just told the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acting Secretary that "we do not need or want their help."
Wheeler suggested that the best way for federal agents to help was to "leave" or at least "stay inside" and not provided any help at all.
Wheeler is concerned with the level of violence that could happen if federal agents are in the streets clearing it out, like the Portland Police should be allowed to do, but it appears that Wheeler is not pushing too hard for that, it seems - and the Portland Police simply can't handle it on their own.
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Portland is about to embrace it's sixth week of protests and unrest in the city.
Wheeler took to Twitter:
"I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use,” Wheeler wrote Tuesday evening. “We do not need or want their help.”
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DHS deployed officers from multiple federal law enforcement agencies this month to protect government installations that include a courthouse and another building." (Fox News)
Portland protesters started their activism back when the George Floyd protests and riots broke out following his death on May 25.
Portland has been protesting for various causes ever since.
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To put things in a money perspective, businesses in Portland have reported a combined $23 million in losses thanks to rioters and protesters who struck during the pandemic that had already hurt the city's economy.
Besides monetary losses, there's a rush of violence and crime that comes with weeks of protests and federal buildings/property has been vandalized.
"Over the weekend, a 23-year-old demonstrator allegedly struck a federal officer in the head with a hammer outside a courthouse. 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." (Fox News)
If Portland's Democratic mayor wants to make a difference, then he's going to need the DHS to sweep the streets and get this massive mess under control. Even if the protesters are peaceful, they're not accomplishing anything at this point. Their message is clear, but the city needs to get back to business.
It's hurting Portland businesses and pockets of the employees who live there, many of whom are just normal folks trying to make a living. It's also not very helpful to be protesting while we're in a pandemic. That whole thing with large crowds being banned is for a reason.