Portland Mayor claims he saw nothing “to provoke this response” from feds on same night riot is declared

On the same night a riot was declared and fires set near the federal courthouse, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler claimed “I saw nothing that provoked this response” when asked about his thoughts on federal law enforcement deploying tear gas.

Per Andy Ngo and video footage, the building had been set on fire and rioters were throwing explosives.

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On this same night Portland Police declared:

Police and fire units responding to reports of a fire started by protestors at a business in the 1400 block of E Olive Way.

Protestors have now broken into a business in the 1100 block of Pike Street and are setting merchandise on fire. Please avoid the area if possible.

A riot has been declared outside the Justice Center. Disperse to the north and/or west. Disperse immediately. Failure to adhere to this order may subject you to arrest or citation, or riot control agents, including, but not limited to, tear gas and/or impact weapons.

Arson attack caught on video:

.@tedwheeler stands in tear gas to support protesters during riot outside the Portland federal courthouse. He is protected by a large security detail. #PortlandRiots

Portland Mayor @tedwheeler leaves riot and is followed by an angry mob despite expressing support for them. He has at least five men as part of his private security detail. #PortlandRiots

Rioters curse at Portland Mayor @tedwheeler and throw water at him. He’s protected by a large security team. He came out to support the protest. #PortlandRiots

Portland mayor @tedwheeler is escorted to safety by his security team. Angry protesters follow and try to assault him despite his support on the front lines of the riot. They try to go inside the building but is pushed back by Wheeler’s security.