Portland Mayor Says Police Union Crossed A Line By Calling Him Out On Antifa

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler told reporters the police union "crossed a line" when they accused him of holding them back.

Portland, OR – The mayor of Portland said the city’s police union president “crossed a line” when he called on the mayor to “remove the handcuffs from our officers” and let them do their jobs in the wake of violent protests on Jun. 29.

Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner held nothing back in a statement he released following the black-masked antifa melee that left eight people injured, including three police officers, KATU reported.

“Where are the voices condemning the lawlessness and violence?” Turner asked.

“If this violence had been directed at Antifa, there would have been an immediate call for an independent, outside investigation. This is a perfect example of Portland politics at work and why our great City is now under fire in the national news," Turner Said

“The Mayor, our Police Commissioner, is not allowed to use the rank and file officers of the Portland Police Bureau as a shield to deflect Portland’s negative press nationwide,” the union leader continued. “As we have said before and will continue to say: Police officers work to uphold the Constitution, including the right to free speech. It’s our job to ensure that our community can peacefully protest without fear of violence but right now our hands are tied.”

"It's time for our Mayor to do two things," Turner wrote, "tell both ANTIFA and Proud Boys that our City will not accept violence in our City and remove the handcuffs from our officers and let them stop the violence through strong and swift enforcement action. Enough is enough."

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was furious that media outlets reported he had ordered Portland Police Bureau officers to stand down and denied the poor management of the chaos was his fault, Willamette Week reported.

"By his releasing that statement, he contributed to the misinformation and the noise," Wheeler said. "I don't think he did the Police Bureau any favors. I don't think he did the men and women who serve in the Police Bureau any favors, and he certainly didn't do me any favors."

The mayor said that Turner’s statement had contributed to a “global frenzy” of right-wing criticism that included a demand for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the mayor by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

“To law enforcement: find & prosecute these violent felons,” Cruz tweeted on June 30, the morning after the violent protests.

“To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists,” he added.

Wheeler defended his handling of the protest, which happened while he was overseas, and said he never ordered his officers to take a hands-off approach with the black-masked antifa protesters, Willamette Week reported.

"This became a global phenomenon," Wheeler told reporters at a press conference on Monday. "They came back to his message as proof that I had, in fact, handcuffed the police during the June 29 demonstration."

He pledged to be more aggressive in dealing with the street brawls becoming more common between demonstrators in his city and said his approach to policing was to allow the professionals to run things, according to Willamette Week.

"The public needs to hear that the Police Bureau law enforcement professionals were in charge, not the mayor," the mayor said.

This not the first time that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has been in the hot seat for the way his city manages violent protests led by black-masked antifa determined to draw blood from conservative demonstrators.

In October of 2018, protesters and antifa took over city streets in Portland and blocked traffic, threatened drivers, and damaged an elderly man’s vehicle.

In all of the cell phone videos of the mayhem, Portland police were either absent or simply standing by watching the chaos unfold before them.

Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw has called for laws to ban demonstrators from wearing masks during protests in the city.

Comments (34)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

If the mayor (AKA the police commissioner) is that offended, than publicly and in writing tell the Portland PD to do their jobs, and he will back their actions 100%. Arrest any criminal, he will support the enforcement of the laws in his city.

JohnWick
JohnWick

Douche

LunaMay
LunaMay

lol what a douchey mayor

Cidcsp
Cidcsp

Well, I guess you better never ever cross One of the good Mayor Ted Wheelers lines. What a guy🤓

Jyslinn
Jyslinn

What a wonderful mayor. Portland, you need to impeach this loser.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I think a nice mugging would do wonders for that idiot mayor.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Soy-boy snowflake liberal POS

moparjer
moparjer

I've lived in this sh*thole state 63 years, my entire life. I have not been to downtown Portland and don't plan to, in over 20 years, when I, as a public school teacher, had seen enough of the liberal agenda foisting this mentality on young children. I packed up my family and moved to conservative eastern Oregon. Antifa, I'm afraid, is only a symptom of a liberal agenda nearing fruition. Not until there is total societal breakdown and anarchy will their agenda be fulfilled.

IronRick
IronRick

They stopped the KKK from wearing their mask’s a long time ago. What is taking them so long to ban these COWARDS from wearing theirs? Oh, that’s right as the MAYOR is their friend and part time mask wearer.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Ted Wheeler is a GUTLESS FECES BAG and needs to be ATTACKED AND BEATEN UNCONSCIOUS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. I'll bet $100 no one will interfere.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

The mayor doesn't realize that the whole country sees him as a douche bag Mayor. This crap has been going on in Portland for a long time. It's time to get someone in control and it's not this guy!

tkshields
tkshields

I have read that the Proud Boys had a permit for the rally Antifa crashed the rally (no permit=illegal gathering) it was Antifa who did all the violence not the Proud Boys this isn't the first time Antifa (left wing organization) has created melee at a lawful rally and yes its not the first time the mayor has put the cops on a stand down order

The express
The express

This asshole should be removed from office. Antifa is a hate group and should be treated as one. Death to ANTIFA

stooge819
stooge819

I don't know who their chief is, but he's appointed by the mayor, I'm sure, so he's like a sac-less talking head with no real authority. If he had any fortitude at all he'd unleash the hounds at the next protest and go find a job somewhere else.

REALITY_CHECK
REALITY_CHECK

It's Portland. Let the left-wing liberal pansy state burn itself to the ground. No loss. Portland has always been a cess-pool breeding ground for liberal freaks and "anti-American" beliefs.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The mayor got his feelings hurt. Someone will pay the price, most likely the rank and file.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Hey as——- your the DemoRAT Mayor The buck stops with you PERIOD

In my day we keep the peace PERIOD!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

The Portland mayor can shut the fuck up! Just as any other entity can say things or accuse things against police, so can the police union against the mayor. What a crybaby.

JBH
JBH

The answer is simple. Ignore this Trotskyite Mayor . Just do what is right and arrest these hemorrhoids using whatever reasonable force is necessary.

militans Deo
militans Deo

Shitty city and sack of shit mayor/commissioner, kinda goes hand in hand. Stop being part of the problem then mayor.

xl4jc
xl4jc

awwwww. he's feelings are hurt. he should draw another line on sand and move on.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Bleeding heart, hug-a-thug liberal politicians should keep there nose out of police work.

MegaRog
MegaRog

We don't see protests like this in E. TN. LE is swift and there are a lot of CCW holders.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

It seems the Mayor has his panties in a bunch now.

jaxholley
jaxholley

Remember this, You get the government you deserve

hmbval1
hmbval1

Did "The Oregonian" get a quote from the Chief saying the Mayor is full of crap?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

The mayor is a POS liberal soy boy!! My male neutered cat has more masculinity than he will ever have!!

Olehippie
Olehippie

Maybe bust his ass (head) once with an expandable baton then maybe he will get the message.

DR226
DR226

Teddy the weasel seems like the type who would don a mask to hide his identity and attack helpless individuals with caustic materials. He would fit right in with antifa, cowards. They should do serious time but in the end will probably get probation or fines. Liberals SMH