Portland mayor demands federal agents leave city amid ongoing violence

Federal officers advance on members of the “Wall of Moms” group during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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UPDATED 3:06 PM PT — Thursday, July 30, 2020

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler continues to oppose the deployment of Homeland Security Investigations amid violent unrest in his city. On Thursday, the Democrat leader accused federal agents of provoking violence rather than mitigating it.

“Progressive cities around the country are standing together to defend their communities against hostile and dangerous federal interventions,” stated Wheeler.

However, the chief of Homeland Security has pointed out Portland had already experienced more than 40 days of violence before agents were deployed.

“For two months as rioters attacked federal officers and buildings in Portland, we called on local leaders to do their job and work with us to quell violence. Finally OR is stepping up. DHS surge forces will stay until we know our officers and facilities are safe.” – Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Demonstrators huddle and blow back tear gas with leaf blowers during clashes with federal officers during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Despite this, Mayor Wheeler continues to insist he can restore peace in his city without federal help.

“It’s not going to just be about policing strategies, that’s not going to end this. It’s going to be ended by the community coming together and saying the mass demonstrations that we’ve seen over many, many weeks, those demands have been heard. The demands have been understood.” – Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland, Oregon

According to federal officials, those demands, including disbanding the police, are not helpful in maintaining law and order.

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