An unprovoked attack on the Mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler, outside the federal courthouse, left the leader “not afraid”, but “pissed off” at the protestors.
Peaceful demonstrations have been ongoing for more than 50 days, which caused President Donald Trump to send aggressive federal officers in camouflage, troop-like uniforms to Portland, Oregon. While the local leaders and protestors both are strongly opposed to their presence, Wheeler also added to CNN that having the federal officers in the city was an obvious waste of federal resources and their presence was doing nothing but exacerbate the situation.
There was noticeably a more measured response by federal agents where they resorted to the use of tear gas and pepperball guns to disperse the crowd in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 22, 2020.
There were reports of multiple flammable items being thrown next to the courthouse which started a fire. After the Portland Police declared a riot due to the violent conduct of the group and told the group to leave, the crowd finally dissipated over the next few hours without any resulting arrests.
The Mayor reassured that he’ll do everything in his power to get rid of the federal troops and to reform the Portland Police Bureau.