The Portland Police Bureau criticized Mayor Ted Wheeler (D), who serves as the city’s police commissioner, after he announced officers will no longer be able to use tear gas to stop the nightly riots that have been occurring for over 100 days.
“Effective immediately and until further notice, I’m directing the Portland Police Bureau to end the use of CS gas for crowd control…During the last 100 days Portland, Multnomah County, and State Police have all riled CS gas where there’s a threat to life safety. We need something different and we need it now,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler said he expects the police to arrest those who are participating in criminal acts and the district attorney to prosecute those who are arrested. . .
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves as police commissioner, has released a video saying he has ordered police officers to stop using tear gas for crowd control. pic.twitter.com/UM8xVAyD1x
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) September 10, 2020
In a statement released after Wheeler’s announcement, the Portland Police Bureau said since late May, “Portland Police and partner agencies have been subjected to repeated violence by a group of motivated and well-organized individuals. These individuals have stated they intend to kill or injure officers and destroy occupied buildings and dwellings. Threats to commit acts of violence have been scrawled on police facilities and other property. Crowds have chanted slogans about burning down buildings on their way to attempt to do that.” . . .
“Banning the lawful use of CS will make it very difficult to address this kind of violence without resorting to much higher levels of physical force, with a correspondingly elevated risk of serious injury to members of the public and officers,” the PPB continued. “CS, while effective, is a significantly lower level of force than impact weapons, which would very likely be necessary to disperse riotous groups with its prohibition. We do not want to use gas. We do not want to use any force.” (Read more from “Police RIP Into Portland Mayor for Banning Them Using Tear Gas to Stop Life-Threatening Riots” HERE)