Acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, told Ted Wheeler that if he continues to support the rioters, the Feds will step in.
Someone must be willing to protect the people, but the Portland Mayor won’t do it. He has gone MIA.
This comes as Wheeler insisted that Portland did not seek nor does it want his help. The very next day, a rioter shot down a Trump supporter in cold blood.
Wolf says that not only do the feds have the right to protect federal property in Portland, but the people of the city deserve their protection as well.
— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) August 28, 2020
“I urge you to prioritize public safety and to request federal assistance to restore law and order in Portland. We are standing by to support Portland. At the same time, President Trump has made it abundantly clear that there will come a point when state and local officials fail to protect its citizens from violence, the federal government will have no choice but to protect our American citizens.”
“You state in your letter that ‘[t]here is no place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city. Unfortunately, you have failed to back up that sentiment with any action.”
“In fact, your inaction has fostered an environment that has fueled senseless violence and destruction night after night. For more than three months, Portland has become the epicenter of crime and chaos, with rioters attacking government buildings with the intention of burning them to the ground.”
Wolf pointed out that from July 31st on, Portland had arrested 255 people. They had 23 riots or unlawful assemblies and that Wheeler claimed that the riots would burn themselves out. Obviously, that is not the case. And even when people were arrested, DA Mike Schmidt drops their cases.
Wolf mentioned that a video Wheeler sent to Trump showed a city on fire while Wheeler sits idly by. That allows the rioters to take charge of the city. Most insurance policies do not nearly the cost of removing the burned-out ruins of their businesses. As a result, those lots will never be rebuilt in many cases. Often the cost of clearing the land is more than the value of the land.
“I hope you honor your commitment that ‘[t]hose who commit criminal acts will be apprehended and prosecuted under the law. To that end, I encourage you to work with and disabuse the District Attorney of Multnomah County of his refusal to prosecute individuals who have committed such crimes as: interference with a law enforcement officer, rioting, criminal trespass, second-degree disorderly conduct, escape, or a city ordinance violation. In short, ignoring criminal behavior is no way to protect the citizens of your community, the same citizens who entrusted you to hold elected office.”
The message is perfectly clear. Wheeler needs to get off his arse and begin to put his city above the rioters or the DHS will come in and do it for him. It is not an idle threat but a promise. The rioting has continued for almost 100 days, but with no end in sight. The same people get arrested night after night and either the charges are dropped or Kamala Harris helps them get bailed out through her campaign workers.
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