So Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler isnât running the city by himself, and to our surprise, there are city officials who have clashed with Wheeler over his âwelcomingâ federal officers into the city. Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty did, however, work together with Wheeler to slash police funding by $15 million.
And itâs no wonder that Hardesty wanted to slash funding for the police; according to her, the protesters in downtown Portland are peaceful and itâs plainclothes police officers who have embedded themselves into the crowds and started fires and such.
She also leveled an incendiary charge at Portland cops: Hardesty claimed it was they, not protesters, who had started fires around government buildings. https://t.co/q6p2G8nj39
â Willamette Week (@wweek) July 22, 2020
PDX city comm'r "Hardesty went on to say that she doesn't believe Portland protesters have caused violence or started fires. Instead, she claimed, any such action was carried out by plainclothes police officers embedded into crowds of peaceful protesters." https://t.co/4BuhCd7CTo
â Paul Diller (@dilleradollar) July 22, 2020
Tess Riski reports for Willamette Week:
She also leveled an incendiary charge at Portland cops: Hardesty claimed it was they, not protesters, who had started fires around government buildings.
âPortland police have consistently lied to the public. Theyâve lied to our congressional delegation about whether or not they were coordinating activities with this federal secret police force,â Hardesty said during a webinar Wednesday hosted by Western States Center, which tracks extremism in the Pacific Northwest.Â âPortland was never out of control. Portlandâs police overreacted, which gave 45 [President Trump] permission to send in these unarmed troops.â
During the webinar with Western States Center, Hardesty went on to say she doesnât believe Portland protesters have caused violence or started fires. Instead, she claimed, any such action was carried out byÂ plainclothes police officers embedded in crowds of peaceful protesters.
âI absolutely believe that it is police action, and they are sending saboteurs and provocateurs into peaceful crowds so that they can justify their inhumane treatment of people who are standing up for their rights,â Hardesty said. (She made a similar accusation at the City Council this morning, but specified that she believed Portland police were the saboteurs. She has not produced evidence supporting the allegations.)
Weâre going to assume sheâs one of those people who uses â45â to refer to the president so she doesnât have to mention him by name.
That's so much stupid, I fear it cannot be unpacked.
â The Lady Patriot, Whose Governor Is An A** ?? (@PatriotGirl74) July 22, 2020
she is cray cray.
â Kris Hunt (@kranhu) July 22, 2020
Do people actually believe this? https://t.co/n64v8fUS3k
â Andy Grewal (@AndyGrewal) July 22, 2020
Yes, yes they do.