Dem Portland Mayor Comes Out Against Federal Presence Taking on Violent Anarchists

The Democrat mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler has come out against the presence of DHS leadership and law enforcement that is there to quell violence in the city after 47 consecutive days of unrest.

Wheeler wrote:

A number of people have asked if I know DHS leadership is in town, and if I’m going to meet with them. We’re aware that they’re here. We wish they weren’t. We haven’t been invited to meet with them, and if we were , we would decline.

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf explained on Fox News:

“I offered @DHSgov support to help locally address the situation that’s going on in Portland, and their only response was: please pack up and go home. That’s just not going to happen on my watch.”

WATCH:

Videos shared on social media show federal officers in camo in unmarked vans.

In this video the protesters being taken by the feds fear they are getting “kidnapped.”

Wolf wrote “Our men and women in uniform are patriots. We will never surrender to violent extremists on my watch.”

Business Insider reported federal officials clashed with protesters on the streets of Portland, Oregon on Thursday evening, despite strong criticism of their presence from the state governor and the city’s mayor.

Protests in response to George Floyd’s death have continued for nearly 50 straight days in Portland, The Oregonian reported.

Protesters outside two separate federal buildings were described as boisterous but nonviolent on this occasion by The Oregonian.

Local reporter Jennifer Dowling of KOIN News said in a video dispatch that federal troops used tear gas and riot control munitions against the protesters.

Per WashingtonExaminer, protesters in Portland, Oregon, claim federal authorities are using unmarked vans to stop and seize demonstrators off the streets.

Law enforcement officials from Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit and the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group were sent to the city to protect federal property following calls from some activists to tear down statues of historical figures.

They appeared to be wearing patches on their arms identifying them as federal officers, but they were pulling protesters off the streets and into unmarked vehicles.

“I see guys in camo,” said protester Conner O’Shea to OPB. “Four or five of them pop out, open the door, and it was just like, ‘Oh, shit. I don’t know who you are or what you want with us.’”

O’Shea and his friend Mark Pettibone said they encountered a group of individuals Wednesday night who warned them that agents were dressed in camouflage and detaining others in their vans.

“So that was terrifying to hear,” Pettibone said.

O’Shea said he ran away after he witnessed individuals in camouflage exit from an unmarked vehicle and later hid after a second vehicle followed him. He filmed the incident and narrated the scene, providing the video to OPB.

“Feds are driving around grabbing people off the streets,” O’Shea said in the video, according to OPB. “I didn’t do anything f—ing wrong. I’m recording this. I had to let somebody know that this is what happens.”

However, Pettibone did not escape officers and said he was “basically tossed into the van” with a “beanie pulled over” his head. The agents then took him to a courthouse, where he was placed in a cell and read his Miranda rights there. He was released 90 minutes later after refusing to waive his rights to answer questions.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the Justice Department and Homeland Security Department for comment.

In a statement to OPB, the U.S. Marshals Service did not comment on using unmarked vehicles but said they did not arrest Pettibone.

“All United States Marshals Service arrestees have public records of arrest documenting their charges. Our agency did not arrest or detain Mark James Pettibone,” the statement reads.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, who traveled to the city to meet with federal law enforcement officials, sent out a series of tweets Friday morning with photographs of police officers dressed in camouflage and graffiti on walls.

“Our men and women in uniform are patriots. We will never surrender to violent extremists on my watch,” he wrote. “Here is what I saw in Portland yesterday.”