Why doesn’t the Portland mayor, who is also the police commissioner, direct the PPD to place fences around the federal buildings? Keep the violent perps inside so that they can’t assault the demonstrators.
Wow. “The Fiery Devil: A President puts his country to the torch.” Der Spiegel doesn’t mince words much, does it?
Yeesh! I only got it twice, both in boot camp.
The next time I experienced it was in Kansas City a few years later. There was a comedy club that occasionally had “urban nights” (code for black comics). It also turned into a club after the show. One summer the young, mostly black kids in the area would congregate out on the street in front. I’m sure there were fights and such, but certainly no more than the drunk, mostly white adults (bunch of savages, they were). I worked in a brewery half a block away. After we closed and were hanging out I suddenly saw huge groups of kids come running by. I stepped out onto the patio and immediately knew… they fucking gassed them. Fucking kids just hanging out later than made the white folks from Raytown comfortable. KCPD are fucking fascists.
I was thinking he should send squad cars out to tail every vehicle the feds are using. Keep their lights on the whole time and use the PA to warn protestors that Feds were in the lead vehicle. It would sure take the fun out of their fascist adventuring.
ETA, it would also finally be a good use of the license plate scanning tech they’re using.
Definitely the latter. Teargas Ted is a manager who’s coasted on a building boom not of his doing. He has had no solutions to the very serious problems Portland experiences with the (federally monitored) PPB, the housing crisis, and he was late holding the ball on covid (likely to see what others did first, of course.) I could go on, but the point is, Ted is not a leader. And…
He’s a “nice white guy” from one of the richest, older timber-money families in Oregon. Which explains a lot.
Teargas Ted deserves nothing less than crushing defeat. For nearly two months, he has sat back and refused to do anything besides hold press conferences while his police thugs assault Portlanders every night. Fuck him, he sucks.
I mean, it’s fairly literally true, so… Even more true now that Trump is engaging in performative authoritarianism.
In Portland the feds are all using rental cars. Assuming every rental van is being used by the feds would have some… interesting repercussions. One way or another, I suspect the ultimate impact would be that car rental company would either stop renting to feds, or wish they had.
This kind of “training” desensitizes people to the physical and moral implications of what they’re doing.
Our various government-funded toxic-masculinity clubs were inspired to start waterboarding prisoners 19 years ago because they had already been doing it to each other as a training exercise. They shouldn’t be waterboarding or teargassing anybody, including each other.
Unfortunately, the third place candidate from the primary (Teressa Raiford) has supporters mounting a write in campaign that will only serve to take votes away from his challenger (Sarah Iannarone), and if we can’t convince him to step down before the election, we’re likely to end up with another four years of Teddy Boy.
Also, it’s becoming increasingly clear that War Crime Wheeler is either absolutely on board with the over the top police brutality, or he has absolutely no control over the PPB, and that Daryl Gates, head of the police union is the de facto Police Commissioner. The PPB has been committing the same war crimes as the feds for the seven weeks before the feds stepped in, and Teargas Ted did less than nothing about it. He’s doesn’t seem mad that peaceful protesters are being brutalized, he’s only mad that it’s not his boys doing it.
there shouldn’t even be a write-in line in a runoff
or glad that he can blame somebody far away
I voted for Raiford. I’d prefer her by a long shot… but fuck me running. PDX is too godsdamned big for a successful write in campaign, unless the GOAL is to play spoiler.
Note that after Wheeler left, Portland Police declared a riot and threatened tear gas themselves:
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