Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Friday called on city residents to help authorities in their efforts to “unmask” members of the “self-proclaimed anarchist mob” who have engaged in acts of violence and vandalism. month.
The Democrat extended a state of emergency in Portland until Monday amid concerns over potential unrest following the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of all charges for George’s death Floyd. The mayor of Portland has asked the public for information on members of the anarchist group.
“The city is starting to recover, but the self-proclaimed anarchists who engage in regular criminal destruction don’t want things to open up, to recover,” Wheeler said. “They want to stop us from doing the job of making a better Portland for everyone. They want to burn, they want to strike.”
Portland has faced months of violent protests and clashes since Floyd’s death last May. Last Monday, a group of about 80 people caused nearly $ 20,000 in property damage to a boys and girls club in northeast Portland.
The previous Friday, police rioted amid reports of gunfire, shattered windows at the First Christian Church and anti-police graffiti at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Oregonian reported.
Wheeler has expressed support for Portland police to use all “legal strategies” to prevent further violence or property damage. “Kettling,” a controversial tactic in which police surround a crowd to confine them to an area, was one of the approved strategies.
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The mayor noted that local Black Lives Matter leaders “have already come forward to denounce these self-proclaimed anarchists.” Wheeler said he would work with local authorities to arrest and prosecute those who commit acts of violence.
“Together we can take a stand,” said Wheeler. “We are doing what we can today. I also ask for your help in taking a stand and reclaiming our city.”
Hours after Wheeler’s public call, police declared a riot in the northeastern part of town after rioters started damaging buildings. Two people were arrested.
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