Noting that it's "been an exhausting 100 days for our city," City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty said "social movements are complex and messy" in a 19-tweet thread marking the milestone day in the ongoing protests in Portland on Saturday.
Hardesty, who has been unavailable for nearly two weeks, used her Twitter feed on Sept. 5 to lay out her thoughts about the protests that have garnered national attention, brought armed partisans into the fray and at times overwhelmed the Black Lives Matter movement and agenda.
"Let me remind folks that the civil rights movement lasted a lot longer than 100 days and make no mistake — today's struggle against police violence and creeping fascism is the new civil rights movement," she wrote.
"Portland has joined a national reckoning that forces us to confront an institution with origins as slave catchers and ask — who do they protect and who do they serve?"
Hardesty, who earlier this summer claimed the Portland Police Bureau are "lying about the damage — or starting the fires themselves — so that they have justification for attacking community members," said on Saturday that the bureau "has made a mockery of the word 'riot' — falsely using the term almost every night and hurting the reputation of our city while encouraging right wing violence with their demonization of protestors. This prevents justice."
And she said the bureau looks the other way "when white supremacist & other right wing extremists come to Portland to sow fear & attack our community."
Hardesty voiced support for new "reform minded" Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt who, she said, "is being undermined and targeted by law enforcement throughout the state as he fights for criminal justice reform."
Hardesty's full statement and reactions can be found here.
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