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Thu Aug 6, 2020, 08:29 PM

Portland officials warn non-violent demonstrators to avoid protests that veer toward destruction

"Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Thursday urged non-violent protesters to either avoid city gatherings where violence is likely to occur, intervene if they see it or risk being used as a “prop” in national advertisements to aid President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

Wheeler, who is also the city’s police commissioner, said he is authorizing Portland officers and as well as county and state law enforcement agencies helping police demonstrations to “do whatever is necessary to safely hold these individuals accountable who are engaged in criminal activity and bring these nightly activities to a close.” He didn’t elaborate on what he meant."
"The officials particularly keyed in on a gathering in East Portland on Wednesday at which Portland police declared the event a riot and used tear gas. They did so after protesters marched to the police precinct, spray painted security cameras and a glass door in front of the building, tore plywood off some windows, cracked glass doors, lit contents inside a garbage can on fire and placed it and plywood in front of an entrance."

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