By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The Portland Police Bureau has been given instructions from Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) to use “whatever means necessary” to keep the peace as rival groups plan to descend on the city next week for “free speech” events.
“The City of Portland has proudly embraced the right to assembly and the right to free speech for generations,” Wheeler said in a statement, according toÂ Law Enforcement Today.
“Unfortunately, in recent years, extremists from across the political spectrum have used our city, our home to commit acts of violence while spreading their messages,” he continued.
“We have learned that on August 17th, groups plan on doing the same thing again.Â Some, to spread hateful messages. Some, with the explicit intend to commit violence,” Wheeler said.
“In these politically-charged times, the stakes couldnâ€™t be higher. This is why I continue to empower and direct the Portland Police Bureau to use whatever means necessary â€“ and amass whatever resources necessary â€“ to ensure public safety and to uphold the law,” the mayor noted.
“We have more resources, more partners, more coordination and greater resolve than ever before to back our unified message: Donâ€™t spread hate and enact violence in Portland,” said Wheeler. “This is our city, our home. Enough.”
In the past, Wheeler has been criticized for ordering his police department to stand down in the face of violent protests that have often led to violation of civil rights and property damage.
Officer told @MrAndyNgo that they didn't want to "incite" the Antifa mob by doing their jobs to protect citizens. Whose order was that? I'll bet that any line cop who got into this job to help people, didn't like the order, but had to follow it. We'll find out what happened.
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) July 2, 2019
In July,Â Trump-supportingÂ QuilletteÂ journalist Andy Ngo was attacked, robbed, and hospitalized by Antifa thugs who pelted him with quick-drying cement, stones, fists, and feet as he attempted to cover their latest demonstration in downtown Portland, Ore., the city that has become ground zero for the Alt-Left-s â€˜revolution.â€™
Ngo was pummeled badly enough he developed a small brain bleed and was hospitalized overnight. The beating prompted outrage from the Right, calls for federal intervention from some lawmakers including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), andÂ a lawsuit.
For many on the Right, the attack against Ngo was one too many. According toÂ Big League Politics, a massive rally of conservatives and pro-Trump supporters is being planned for Aug. 17 in Portland, which could lead to outright war between political factions â€” because the radical Left has refused to curb its violence.
This is the type of street anarchy that routinely happens where I live. Here is video from 6 Oct showing Antifa directing traffic in downtown & threatening people who don’t obey with violence. Mayor @tedwheeler, who really runs this town? https://t.co/OgjZNByxat
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) October 8, 2018
Updates via KOIN news: The elderly man called police & filed a report after the incident. The person who made contact with the front of the car has not. And police basically said they didn’t get involved to protect first amendment rights. https://t.co/C4HoXjVK6e
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) October 9, 2018
AÂ Wall Street Journal editorial noted that a month after the assault, no one had been arrested or charged with beating Ngo.
Portland, Oregon, thinks of itself as a tolerant progressive city. Yet four weeks after a left-wing mob severely beat journalist Andy Ngo, there have been no arrests or charges for the assault. https://t.co/7sXoVGk0RE
— WSJ Editorial Page (@WSJopinion) July 29, 2019
As for the August rallies,Â Law Enforcement Today reported that social media chatter “reportedly confirmed that both sides have spoken about carrying weapons during the downtown rally and counter-protest. So police won’t be taking any chances.”
The news site also noted that earlier reports noted that state and federal law enforcement assets are being deployed along with local officers to prepare for possible street battles.
“Based on publicly-available information, the Bureau is concerned events on August 17 may involve persons interested in participating in criminal activity,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement.
Chief Danielle Outlaw, head of the PPB, said her department has concerns “about the criminal intentions being expressed in the publicly available forums which suggest some attendees plan to engage in violence.”
â€œWe are taking this into account and developing an appropriate plan with adequate resources to prepare for this eventualityâ€¦. We will also be doing outreach to provide information to local businesses, residents, and visitors so they will know what to expect and the likely areas to be impacted,” she added.
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