Portland Mayor prohibits local police from using tear gas in protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Thursday ordered city police to stop using tear gas to prevent ongoing protests in Oregon’s largest city.

Wheeler was also arrested during a protest earlier this year, announcing that after the May 25 police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we were forced to “unleash more than three months of unrest in Portland.” Want different “.

The Mayor said, “It is time to reduce the violence in our community.” “During the past hundred days, Portland, Mulnoma County, and the state police have all relied on CS gas, where there is a threat to life safety. We need something different. We need it now. ”

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Portland Mayor Ted WheelerAP

But the move did not sit well with the Oregon State Police, who called the ban “reckless and short-sighted” and said they may now have to reconsider continuing to deploy troops to Portland under the new directive.

“OSP will be forced to assess our involvement in assisting the city of Portland,” State Police Capt. Timothy Fox told The Oregonian. “We will not force our troops into this unstable situation and limit their ability to protect themselves and others.”

In a statement to KATU-TV, the agency said it uses tear gas “only and only to protect officers and the public from serious conditions.”

“This less lethal option is just that, a device that depletes a potential officer may be forced to use lethal physical force,” he said.

On August 29, Kate Brown of Oregon sent troops to the city after shooting and killing a right-wing protestor there.

In June, state legislators passed laws restricting the use of tear gas to police until riots were encountered, Villemate Week reported. However, Portland police have repeatedly announced riots during protests and deployed gas, the outlet said on Thursday.

Wheeler gassed himself while trying to talk to protesters in July, when federal officials in the city fired canisters at the crowd.

He said that on Thursday he expected the police to be aggressive in chasing the protesters.

“I hope the police arrest people who are involved in criminal acts,” he told Colombian. “I hope the District Attorney will prosecute those who commit criminal acts. And I hope that the rest of the criminal justice system will hold these individuals accountable. ”

The announcement comes a day after Portland city lawmakers unanimously approved a ban on the use of facial recognition technology, as it includes race and gender mistakes.