Portland Mayor Condemns Violence From Protesters

Headline Roundup August 7th, 2020

In a Thursday speech, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared protesters who started fires were "trying to commit murder", saying he believed “city staff could have died” and that such violence would only help Trump get re-elected. People reportedly attempted to burn down a police precinct, prompting police to declare the assembly unlawful and clear the area. An officer was reportedly "severely hurt" when rocks started being thrown at police.

Coverage on the news came primarily from right-rated outlets and several center-rated outlets; headlines from right-rated sources focused on Wheeler's condemnation of the violent protesters. Some left-rated outlets reposted coverage by the Associated Press; none offered original reporting on the mayor's remarks as of Friday afternoon.

Portland Mayor Condemns Violence From Protesters

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Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the actions of rioters who he says are “attempting to commit murder."

He also warned the violent demonstrators that they are helping President Trump’s campaign.

“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder," Wheeler, a Democrat, said during a Thursday press conference in response to a riot declared by police early Wednesday morning when people attempted...

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) on Thursday condemned the violence that recently convulsed his city, stating demonstrators are “attempting to commit murder” following an attack on East Precinct, where violent left-wing agitators attempted to set it ablaze.

“When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder,” Mayor Wheeler, who has remained relatively soft on demonstrators — even joining them last month — said.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s nightly protests turned violent again even after the city’s mayor pleaded for demonstrators to stay off the streets and a police officer hit by a rock early Friday suffered what was described as a serious injury.

The protesters who came out Thursday night clashed with officers near a police precinct station and also used metal bars to disable police vehicles, police said in a statement.

The nightly clashes this week have ratcheted up tensions in the city after an agreement was reached last week between...

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