Portland Mayor Looks to 'RE-FUND' the Police Amid Soaring Homicides, Riots
Ted Wheeler makes request amid lastest brutal killing
It looks like the mayor of Portland realized the police's defunding wasn't such a good idea after all after he called for $2 million in additional funding for law enforcement amid soaring homicides and riots in the city.
But city council members have remained silent on whether they will back the plan.
Mayor Ted Wheeler made the request on Friday after he condemned one of the city's latest brutal killings.
The killing was of a 42-year-old man in a city park in broad daylight on Tuesday.
"This shooting was brazen and horrific," Wheeler wrote on Twitter.
"The City and its partners are working hard to prevent and reduce gun violence. It’s a public health crisis that’s harming our entire community."
Portland has been at the epicenter of the "Defund the police" movement, where liberal groups sort to divert funds from police to mental health treatment and community development.
On Friday, Neon Nettle reported that armed federal law enforcement officers were deployed to Portland to quell the violence amid escalating riots.
Unrest erupted in the Oregon city's downtown area on Thursday night, drawing tear gas and smoke bombs from armed feds.
Violent leftists set fires and smashed windows in the area surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.
Federal officers were able to drive the rioters away from the court, OregonLive.com reported.
Protesters assembled in front of the downtown federal courthouse tonight. Old patterns emerge. This is the second push of federal officers clearing the park with flash bangs, less lethal munitions, and gas. pic.twitter.com/78l2w6LtrA— Suzette Smith (@suzettesmith) March 12, 2021
Some protesters also cited the start of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota as a reason for the unrest, Smith wrote.
But the Mayor's tune has changed since last year.
Wheeler blasted President Donald Trump in July for sending federal agents to round up far-left rioters and Antifa members.
“Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Wheeler told President Donald Trump.
"This is part of the core media strategy out of Trump’s White House: to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data."
"And it is an absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.”