Anyone with a lick of common sense knew this months ago, but Portland’s Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler has finally come to his senses and stated that rioting is bad, after Antifa and other left-wing anarchists attacked businesses and police in Portland on New Year’s Eve. This included the use of Molotov cocktails.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler admitted his policies in dealing with Antifa anarchists failed. He called for new enforcement actions and asked for federal and state assistance in dealing with the lawlessness.
However, the most disgusting part of Wheeler’s statement is that he talked about his “good-faith efforts” to de-escalate the situation.
“My good-faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists,” Wheeler said in a New Year’s Day press conference. “In response, it will be necessary to use additional tools and to push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end.”
“It’s time to push back harder against those who are set on destroying our community and to take more risks in fighting lawlessness,” the Portland mayor continued.
The mayor’s remarks follow violent attacks by Antifa on Portland Police Bureau officers and destruction of businesses in the downtown district on New Year’s Eve. The anarchists attacked their officers with commercial-grade fireworks and firebombs. Antifa rioters threw at least two Molotov cocktail-style firebombs and launched multiple commercial-grade fireworks at Portland police as they attempted to defend the downtown business district and the federal courthouse.
So what did Wheeler’s “good faith efforts” include you ask?
It included the mayor joining rioters as they tried to set fire to a federal courthouse in July. Wheeler got tear-gassed for that effort:
Wheeler’s “good faith effort” even included an apology to Antifa after the left-wing organization occupied a three city block area in the city in December. READ: Portland Mayor Caves to Anti-Eviction Anarchists, Says More Occupations May Follow
That “good faith effort” also included dropping 90% of the charges the police had made against alleged rioters in September.
Prosecutors in Portland, Oregon, have dismissed charges on 90 percent of the protesters arrested during Antifa and anti-police riots in September. One had also been charged with attempted murder, assault, and arson. Of the 213 arrested that month, only cases for 19 are pending.
In addition to dropping 9 out of every 10 cases in September, authorities dismissed more than 70 percent of the almost 1,000 arrests since May, a case tracker kept by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office revealed. The figure is worsened by reports from The Oregonian that more cases have been dismissed than those shown on the tracker.