There are only a few legal ways to prevent violent unarmed protesters from overpowering police, especially when those law officers are far outnumbered by an angry mob. In Portland, night after night, this is exactly the scenario.
A violent protester can receive a rubber bullet to the chest, but this is only effective for stopping one of them at a time, and the cops don’t carry Gatling guns. The quickest and most effective means of protection is by temporarily disabling the entire lot of them at the exact same time with a heavy dose of teargas.
Outside of these two options, it’s all the police have. Except now, thanks to the liberal-minded quack headed Democrats who make the rules, Portland’s finest have lost the better of those two. Teargassing is now taboo. This begs the question, who are Portland’s leaders more concerned about? Unruly protesters or the courageous men and women in blue? The question answers itself.
This new rule came straight from the desk of Portland’s Mayor and reigning Police Commissioner, the infamous pea-brained, Ted Wheeler. In a video statement, Wheeler said, “It’s time for everyone to reduce the violence in our community. We all want change. We all have the opportunity and obligation to create change. We all want to focus on the fundamental issue at hand—justice for Black people and all people of color.”
“That’s why, as Police Commissioner, effective immediately and until further notice, I am directing the Portland Police to end the use of CS gas for crowd control.” Uh…Aren’t the police the ones who are trying to stop the violence? Wheeler just put every one of them in harm’s way with his liberal stupidity.
While Wheeler may the Police Commissioner, the actual Police Bureau is not taking his foolish decision lightly by responding with, the police “have been subjected to repeated violence by a group of motivated and well-organized individuals since late May.”
“CS gas is a tool that has been used sparingly in the last 104 nights. We want to clear up a misconception that it is being used as crowd control. It is not. It is being used to disperse crowds only when there is a life safety event.”
“Most recently, it was used to disperse a crowd from which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at officers and ended up injuring a community member who was on fire. We understand that this gas seeped into nearby homes and that is not something we desire.”
“Banning the lawful use of CS will make it very difficult to address this kind of violence without resorting to much higher levels of physical force, with a correspondingly elevated risk of serious injury to members of the public and officers.”
The bureau hit the nail on the head with their objection, but City Commissioner, and a staunch Democrat, Jo Ann Hardesty, simply said, “It’s about time.”
Though Wheeler did agree that arson, vandalism. and crime is not going to solve anything, he would prefer for the cops to arrest people rather than risk injuring the delicate little flowers. But…How is law enforcement supposed to carry out Wheeler’s wishes now that they have been rendered defenseless?
Wheeler claims he wants to work together as a community but his ridiculous actions speak just the opposite. He also wants prosecutors to hold those arrested accountable, but once again, because of his new ruling, the courts will remain, for the most part, empty.
This new ruling came at the same time Wheeler also banned the use of facial recognition technology, a new technology designed to reduce crime by allowing police to remove more thugs off the street, thereby keeping law-abiding citizens safer, of which Portland has many.
As long as this Democrat Mayor keeps calling the shots, don’t expect the streets of Portland, or the nightly violence, to come to a halt any time soon. The rioters have just been given the green light to carry on as usual.