Mayor Ted Wheeler is relearning the political risks of overseeing the Portland Police Bureau.
As the 2020 elections begin to heat up, the bureau's largely successful management of last Thursday's Climate Strike rally and march is being overshadowed by viral videos of officers pulling an African American teenager out of the crowd and wrestling him to the ground.
The incident took place on the Hawthorne Bridge after officers ordered him to get down from a railing next to a lane that was still open to traffic. Although a white teen also was arrested, social media comments show most viewers think police unfairly singled out the African American student because of his race.
Wheeler's office said the mayor will wait for the results of a police investigation into the incident. But although the videos only show limited views of the confrontation and arrest, mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone was quick to criticize Wheeler's management of the police.
Cider Riot! owner criticizes city
Cider Riot! founder and owner Abram Goldman-Armstrong is selling the Northeast Portland taproom and cider production facility, but not because of anything to do with right-wing protesters.
Goldman-Armstrong is suing Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson for the May 1 brawl outside that business. Gibson and some of his followers have been indicted on felony riot charges for their roles in the confrontation with left-wing customers who had been relaxing after May Day protests. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission also has accused him of knowingly allowing his patrons to use "illegal weapons" against the right-wing agitators during the brawl.
But Goldman-Armstrong told the Portland Mercury that he is selling the business because he lost so much money waiting for the city of Portland to issue the permits to construct the cidery.
"It's such a typical thing to say 'Portland's a tough city to do business in,' but it really is true," the paper quoted him as saying Sept. 19. "If you want to build a condo (the city will) roll out the red carpet and put the red tape away. But if you're a small business, they don't make it easy."
Six degrees of Hunter Biden
The Portland Tribune published a Feb. 7 story about the city's connections to the "Russiagate" investigation titled "Portland's six degrees of Robert Muller."
Now it seems Portland also has links to "Ukrainegate," President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine's government to investigate Hunter Biden's business dealing there. Hunter is the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, who is running for president. As reported by The New Yorker in July, Hunter moved to Portland after graduating from Georgetown University.
"In July, 1992, after graduating with a B.A. in history, Hunter began a year as a Jesuit volunteer at a church in Portland, Oregon. During that time, he met Kathleen Buhle, the daughter of a Chicago schoolteacher and a ticket salesman for the White Sox. Three months after they started dating, Kathleen got pregnant, and the two were married in July, 1993," the article said.
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