For months on end, the Pacific Northwest has been a bubbling cauldron of angst and political violence, and one local mayor has had enough.
Ted Wheeler, the mayor of notoriously-raucous Portland, Oregon, has been putting up with some of the nation’s most extreme activism that the nation has seen in decades with little success. This has left Wheeler to be figuratively bludgeoned by the mainstream media and heavily criticized, as Portland’s citizens have been routinely threatened by the unruly mobs who’ve taken over the city’s streets night after night.
Over the weekend, Mr. Mayor appeared to be putting his foot down.
“My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists,” Wheeler said during a Friday news conference, according to KOIN. “In response, it will be necessary to use additional tools and push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end.”
Wheeler, a Democrat, was responding to the New Year’s Eve riot near the downtown courthouse, which was the focus of months of violent disturbances last summer. Police said hoodlums on Thursday night threw “multiple firebombs” at cops and launched commercial-grade fireworks at the courthouse.
Rioters also smashed windows and set fires in the area, KOIN reported, and police began using pepper spray or mace against the crowd, as well as what appeared to be rubber bullets or pepper balls.
This sort of extreme political violence had been a hallmark of America in 2020, and it’s reassuring to think that perhaps Ted Wheeler’s resolution for the New Year was to protect Portland.
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