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Gresham City Councilor Jerry Hinton says Portland's leadership has failed in response to violence.

Portland, violent protesters are not the voice of Black Lives Matter.

The actions of anarchists who pretend to honor the memory of George Floyd and cowardly stand behind the symbols of a peaceful protest are frauds. They are void of honorable intentions or the pursuit of social justice.

They are professional disruptors of organized life and seek not to right any wrong, but to inflict chaos for their own enjoyment. The people they injure, the property they damage, the businesses they

trample, and the movement they are staining are the true victims here.

Mayor Wheeler and the Portland City Council, protect your citizens and your businesses. Proactively and assertively denounce and control those that are literally burning your city from the inside out. You have been a poor example to your neighboring jurisdictions and have not pursued the quality of life of your citizens.

Weed out the nonpeaceful protesters and protect those who truly want to effectuate a lasting change in our social-justice system.

You can be part of a positive and significant paradigm shift in the social fabric of our region. Make sure you're on the right side of history. As someone once said, "Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one."

Jerry Hinton

Gresham City Councilor

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