Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is on the defense after ordering local police to stand down during an Antifa protest which predictably resulted in chaos as the face-covering “anti-fascists” ran amok through the city, chasing cars and causing mayhem. Wheeler responded by blaming Portland’s finest for failure to keep the peace. Wheeler assured the public that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.” While Wheeler did say he did not support Antifa’s behavior, he ordered an investigation of the police response instead.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler defended a decision to have police stand down during an “anti-Fascist” protest in Portland weeks ago, allowing black-clad Antifa members to run roughshod through the city, directing traffic, chasing motorists, and causing chaos.
Wheeler, who has been criticized in the past for refusing to curb Antifa’s antics, pinned blame for the mayhem on Portland’s Police Bureau in a statement on Twitter, and claimed that the incident “will be investigated.”
Wheeler added that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.”
I was appalled by what I saw in that clip and I support the decisions of the @PortlandPolice. I trust them. I believe them as the law enforcement professionals who have to weigh complex legal and safety issues, not only for the people on the streets but also for themselves. -TW
— Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) October 12, 2018
As mayor, Wheeler also serves as police commissioner.
Antifa took to the streets last weekend to protest the shooting death of Patrick Kimmons, who was killed in a police involved shooting in early October.