‘We Don’t Need Or Want Your Help’: Portland Mayor Tells Feds To Stay Inside Or Leave City Despite 6th Straight Week Of Unrest

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The mayor of Portland told federal agents on Twitter that he does not “need or want their help” as the city sees its sixth straight week of demonstrations.

Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he didn’t want Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel on the streets due to the “life-threatening tactics” they allegedly employ to curb demonstrations. He said he had spoken with the acting DHS secretary, who had offered to help the city.

“I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use,” Wheeler Tweeted. “We do not need or want their help.”

Protests and violent demonstrations in Portland followed the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, viral video showed. The six-week, city-wide disturbance has caused an estimated $23 million in damage from looting and rioting, according to Fox News.

Federal agents — DHS among them — were deployed earlier in July to protect certain public buildings, according to Fox. Some of the personnel were met with resistance, as a federal officer was struck in the head with a hammer during a riot that caused $50,000 worth of damage to a local courthouse over the weekend, Fox reported.

Wheeler urged agents to “stay inside” or “leave Portland altogether” in a follow-up Tweet. The mayor also said he wanted the agency to prioritize cleaning the graffiti that protesters sprayed on their building.

Portland Police clashed with a number of demonstrators that refused to vacate the streets on Tuesday, according to a Tweet from the department. Some in the crowd allegedly threw bottles, rocks and ball bearings, among other things at officers dawning riot gear, Portland Police said. (RELATED: Federal Charges For Rioters Include Impersonating A Cop, Possession Of An Improvised Weapon, Arson)

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