I can’t believe they lasted this long myself.
The executive board of the Portland police rank-and-file union voted “no confidence” in Portland’s City Council, questioning why city commissioners aren’t condemning the violence, fires and damage to businesses occurring in the city at the hands of some demonstrators.
Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, on Wednesday repeated a criticism he has made in the last week that “a small number of people have hijacked” important calls for social justice and racial equity and “used the cover of peaceful protests to burn and loot our City.”
Turner also at a news conference released an eight-point plan with suggestions on how to address changes that many police critics are demanding, though his ideas are called “Fund police reform” — the opposite of a rallying cry among reformers to redistribute money from police budgets or abolish police departments entirely.
He said he has no confidence the City Council will stop the protest violence or support the sworn officers on the streets and guide the Police Bureau into a new era of policing that prioritizes community safety. Repairs for damage to public buildings is estimated in court documents to approach $300,000 and nearly $5 million in property damage to businesses.
“If City Council won’t stand up for Portland,‘’ he said. “We will.”
The city’s response to the protests has evolved as the demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism enter their 42nd day following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Thousands of people have gathered peacefully over the weeks but police say a small group has maintained a sustained effort to cause mayhem, including vandalizing buildings and throwing rocks, fireworks and other things at police.
City Council members have repeatedly condemned protesters who have engaged in violence during demonstrations, but have differed in addressing the police response to the crowds.
Mayor Ted Wheeler, who oversees the Police Bureau, has called the use of tear gas “ugly” but has backed using it sparingly, citing the police belief that there’s often not a more viable alternative to quickly move people from an area.
Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly have called on the bureau to stop using tear gas altogether and instead consider new tactics that better account for the safety of people who remain peaceful during demonstrations.
Just to get a better idea of who we are talking about here, this Pencil Neck is Da Mayor, Ted Wheeler. Oh by the way, he is also the Chief of Police too.
This here is Chloe, who doesn’t like the Po Po using Tear Gas on the people who have already done $5,000,000.00 worth of damage to Downtown Portland.
And this, THIS, is City Councilwoman Jo Anne Hardesty, who also doesn’t like the Tear Gas, among other things I suspect.
No amount of warning from me could have possibly done any good, it was going to sear your eyeballs no matter what I said.
So now you have a small glimpse into who is responsible for all of this horseshit that has been going on for 44 motherfucking days straight over in Portland and why the cops have fucking had enough.
I do not blame them one iota.
This crap has actually been going on for several YEARS now.
ANTIFA and The Proud Boys were going at it every weekend three fucking years ago for crying out loud.
So now you know who has been protecting these ANTIFA fucks over in Portland this whole time.
Mayor Ted Wheeler, the Portland Chief of Police.