Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler ordered the Portland Police to cease using a form of tear gas against far-left rioters.
According to reports, officers will no longer be able to deploy CS gas on protestors, as riots in the city continue into their 106th night.
“During the last hundred days Portland, Multnomah County and state police have all relied on CS gas where there is a threat to life safety,” Wheeler declared in a video statement. “We need something different. We need it now.”
Watch Wheeler’s full statement below:
Breitbart.com reports: In a statement to The Oregonian, Oregon State Police Captain Timothy Fox said: “The OSP will be forced to assess our involvement in assisting the city of Portland.”
“We will not for force our troopers into this untenable situation and limit their ability to defend themselves and others,” he added.
Oregon State Police slammed the move by Wheeler as “reckless and short sighted.”
Wheeler was previously teargassed as he met with protesters back in July.
President Donald Trump and Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, have repeatedly warned Wheeler that the administration could re-send federal resources into Portland to quell violent unrest.
“Let me be clear: Those who seek to undermine our democratic institutions, indiscriminately destroy our businesses and attack our law enforcement officers and fellow citizens are a threat to the homeland,” Wolf said this week. “The department has experienced this firsthand in Portland, Oregon, where violent opportunists repeatedly targeted and attempt to burn down a federal courthouse, the seat of justice in downtown Portland.”
Wheeler’s ban comes after law enforcement arrested 11 rioters in connection to another violent demonstration in Portland Tuesday evening.
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