FAST FIVE: Portland Mayor Turns On Protesters, Accuses Them Of 'Attempting To Commit Murder'
Portland Mayor Turns On Protesters, Accuses Them Of 'Attempting To Commit Murder' Tyler Durden Fri, 08/07/2020 – 15:10 Three weeks ago, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was standing shoulder to shoulder with angry protesters, gagging on tear gas in a show of solidarity against federal agents sent there to restore order.
“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,” said Wheeler in a joint press conference with Police Chief Chuck Lovell.
“Don't think for a moment that you are if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump – because you absolutely are,” he added.
If you don't want to be part of that, then don't show up.” On Wednesday, a riot was declared after protesters swarmed the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct Building – breaking glass doors, lighting a fire using an accelerant, throwing fireworks and other objects at officers, and spray-painting over security cameras.
The front doors of the precinct were barricaded before the fire was started with more than 20 officers and civilian employees inside, police said, according to FOX 12.