Following Violent Rallies, Portland Mayor Announces Plans To Restrict Protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says that a new city ordinance will put him in charge of protests.

Portland, OR - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a newly proposed city ordinance on Monday that would allow the police commissioner to tell protesters when, how, and where to protest.

Mayor Wheeler is the Portland police commissioner.

The announcement comes following a history of violent street brawls between antifa and Patriot Prayer.

Antifa is an authoritarian fringe-left group of people who generally aren't centrally organized. However Portland is home to Rose City Antifa which is a centrally organized group.

Antifa has a history of declaring anybody outside of the far left to be a "fascist" and they believe that violence against fascists is justified as pre-emptive self defense.

Patriot Prayer is a far-right group who exist primarily to antagonize antifa. They organize right-wing rallies with the intent to provoke antifa to react violently to their presence. Patriot Prayer can then respond to attacks with violence justified as self-defense and then point to antifa as the start of the violence.

Antifa are largely unaware or in denial that they are being manipulated by Patriot Prayer.

Local reporter Mike Bivins captured video of a fight between the two groups which broke out at a Patriot Prayer rally over the weekend:

Patriot Prayer members have been bringing guns to rallies, and many believe it's inevitable that one day they will use firearms in response to an attack from antifa.

While announcing the new ordinance on Monday, Mayor Wheeler stated that police had located Patriot-Prayer-Aligned people with a cache of weapons on a rooftop overlooking a rally on Aug. 4. Police responded by taking possession of the weapons and returning them to their owners later.

According to the newly proposed ordinance, restrictions will be placed on protests in the following situations:

  • Two or more groups plan to demonstrate on the same day and there is a history of violence between the groups, or
  • There is a threat to the safety of participants and bystanders, interference with the ability to access public property, or the disruption of public services, or
  • There is a substantial likelihood of violence at the planned demonstrations based on the conduct of the group or information gathered in advance of the event.

The mayor can then place restrictions on the protesters:

  • Regulating the time and length of the event.
  • Directing that the demonstration and counter-demonstration be located or moved to locations that do not create a substantial risk to public safety, obstruct traffic, or interfere with previously scheduled activities.
  • Restrict the location of groups to areas that do not threaten public safety.

The rules for each event are supposed to be announced in advance of the planned protests.

Anybody violating the rules created by Mayor Wheeler would be committing a misdemeanor. The mayor says that the 9th Circuit has upheld such ordinances before as constitutional.

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned around 79% of the cases it has taken from the 9th Circuit.

It's not clear if Portland Police Bureau will actually enforce this law against antifa when Patriot Prayer isn't around, as the department refused to intervene as antifa threatened motorists one week ago.

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Soulmanrich
Soulmanrich

Bunch of Cowards

Mrs10
Mrs10

"Antifa are largely unaware or in denial that they are being manipulated by Patriot Prayer"

Best part of the story!

61mouse
61mouse

He's 2 yrs to late

61mouse
61mouse

@walkintall just drop work boots they'll scatter like cockroaches they ar

Grog
Grog

So the violence is all Patriot Prayer's fault, since instigating Antifa is their only purpose for existing?

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

Portland used to be a pretty place. I have watch Antifa since beginning and they have mob ruled everyone Now that the people are standing their ground, Antifas puppet mayor is know going to do something A little late isn’t it

ejv
ejv

So let me get this straight, The mayor, who is also the Police Commissioner, is now also the head of Protesters?.....this guy is addicted to titles, and has given HIMSELF to much authority,and no responsibility, Portland if you are wise, you will remove yourself of this title whore and replace him with a mayor of action not sound bytes and titles,or just giv him one more,.......unemployed good luck

RPG156
RPG156

The Mayor is insane.... and so is the Police Commissioner!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Not sure how the mayor/police commissioner is able to perform both jobs. It seems to me that he wouldn't have enough time in the day to fulfill those responsibilities.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Well it's about time...as far as I'm concerned whenever these violent groups protest, there should be officers on standby with water cannons and tear gas and use when needed!!!

JohnP
JohnP

“Patriot Prayer is a far-right group who exist primarily to antagonize antifa.”

A noble profession... LOL!!!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Nothing wrong with protesting........that being said, whats happening in Portland dosent come close! Its domestic violence and there is no excuse for it! Intimidation of comuters, starting fires and fights! Keep it up and they're going to start crap with the wrong people and its not going to end well for them!

Branoli
Branoli

I used to love visiting Portland, my daughter lives there, but this domestic terrorist group antifa has destroyed that. I just can't go back there. How can one person be the mayor and police commissioner at the same time? No wonder he doesn't do anything, apparently he can't decide which hat he is wearing at any given time.

NFPD_103
NFPD_103

How does the mayor even qualify as a police commissioner? We know he's an Antifa member/supporter it's like having the KKK running the police department