Portland Mayor Wheeler, others blast overnight riot
Mayor Ted Wheeler and other community leaders have condemned the violent protest that was declared a riot in downtown Portland on Sunday night, Oct. 11.
Speaking at a Monday morning press conference, Wheeler said the protesters had "engaged in violence and destruction for the sake of violence and destruction," not for the social justice movement they claim to support.
Appearing with Wheeler were Police Chief Chuck Lovell, state Rep. Tawna Sanchez, and Kerry Tymchuk, director of the Oregon Historical Society, which was damaged during the riot.
The protest-turned-riot unfolded on the eve of Columbus Day. In the city of Portland, Monday also is known as Indigenous Peoples Day after a declaration was passed in 2015.
Speaking as an Indigenous woman, Sanchez condemned the violence for hijacking the social justice movement on the eve of Indigenous Peoples Day.
"Violence does us no good," Sanchez said.
Multiple statues were spray-painted and toppled in the park blocks. The windows and glass doors to the Oregon Historical Society were smashed out and an African-America quilt was stolen but recovered.
At least three people were arrested, Lovell said, including the driver of a car that pulled down one of the statues.
Trump tweets, Iannarone reacts
Early Monday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted multiple times about the overnight damage in Portland
"Taking advantage of fools. Law & Order! Portland, call in the Feds!" Trump said in one tweet. "These are Biden fools. ANTIFA RADICALS. Get them FBI, and get them now!" he said in another.
Nearly 20 minutes later, Trump once more posted about the FBI, antifa and "poorly run Democratic cities.
"The FBI and Law Enforcement must focus their energy on ANTIFA and the Radical Left, those who have spent the summer trying to burn down poorly run Democrat Cities throughout the USA!"
Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone reacted to the riot on Monday as well. Her office sent the following statement:
"Public access to art is vital to our city's cultural fabric. I condemn all acts of violence and destruction, especially those targeting public art. As your next Mayor, I'm ready to talk about how we move this city forward, from rethinking public safety to changing names and removing statues. If someone would like a statue removed, they can engage our public process to register that complaint and I'll push City Council to listen and act swiftly. Our systems of government have long ignored problematic symbols and impacts of institutional racism, I am committed to changing that as mayor. People are hurting and that pain is valid. But anonymous acts of destruction outside of any agreed-upon process are toxic, unaccountable behavior that has no place in our city. We are not going to be governed by shooting paintballs. That's not democracy, nor is it fair to those of us who believe in our public process."
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune and contributed to this story. Their story can be found here.
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