Portland's mayor finally decides to do his job and call for tough penalties against people committing acts of violence and vandalism, particularly Antifa protesters who have caused chaos for the better part of 2020. Wheeler also says there will be tougher police action against the protesters who constantly break the law.
OPB stated: "Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler wants tougher penalties for people repeatedly caught engaging in violence and vandalism, wants police officers to have more tools to investigate protest-related violence and promises tougher policing against demonstrators who break the law.
That’s his response to a New Year’s Eve riot in downtown Portland that included broken windows, small fires and commercial-grade fireworks fired at public buildings.
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Wheeler said the violence and vandalism had no clear political purposes. He blamed “violent antifa and anarchists” and described participants as largely white and young.
“It’s hard for most of us to even comprehend what goes on in the heads of people who think it’s OK or a good idea to go on a violent rampage through the city on New Year’s Eve and during a pandemic,” Wheeler said at a Friday afternoon press conference. “It’s the height of selfishness. … There are some people who just want to watch the world burn."