Mayor Ted Wheeler, a liberal who also serves as the city’s police commissioner, defended a decision to have police stand down during the incident, saying that police must watch out for their own safety, while at the same time, he tried to claim that “motorists should feel completely safe coming into downtown Portland.”
Portland, Oregon was the scene of another leftist protest that resulted in violence and property damage as a man slowly drove through the crowd, trying to escape as they clubbed his car. The protest was against the police department that reportedly shot a black man, Patrick Kimmons, who had allegedly been involved in a shootout involving at least two other men.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler ordered the police department not to intervene between the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) and pro-immigration protesters who surrounded the ICE building and prevented people from leaving or entering. If ICE wins in court, Mayor Ted Wheeler will not face any penalties.
Police set up barricades separating opposing groups. Then, Portland police removed the barricades, Antifa protesters pelted marchers from the conservative group with eggs, water bottles and firecrackers as the marchers spilled out into downtown Portland for their legally permitted march. Portland police then revoked the rally permit and declared it a riot.
Federal officers in riot gear reopened the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building that protesters shut down 11 days ago. Law enforcement began driving out demonstrators at 5:30 am and detained at least 9 protesters who refused to cooperate. Police did not remove all the protesters, merely those occupying federal property.
Portland cancelled the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade and Carnival after Antifa, a Communist group, threatened to physically attack the Multnomah County Republicans who were planning to march in the parade. Antifa said they would assemble 200 followers to carry out the threat. Instead of defending citizens’ right to hold a peaceful parade, the city council and mayor canceled the event.