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Portland’s Mayor Has Allowed ICE Protest to go Unchecked by Police — It’s Practically Turned into Anarchy

The city of Portland quickly turned into a cesspool after the mayor, Ted Wheeler, prevented the police from interacting with a massive protest and occupation of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) property.

ICE officials repeatedly asked Wheeler for police protection during the massive protests that lasted over one month. Wheeler refused the requests, seemingly siding with the protesters and saying he didn’t want his police force “sucked into a conflict.”

“If [the ICE officials] are looking for a bailout from this mayor, they are looking in the wrong place,” said Wheeler:

The men and women of ICE were not thrilled with this development from the mayor. According to a letter sent from ICE to the mayor, the officials are looking at a potential lawsuit for breaching the 14th Amendment.

“Your policy of not providing police services to employees of ICE creates a class of people based upon their source of income,” the letter stated.

Now, the protest site is mostly free from protesters, but mountains of trash, needles and human waste line the streets:

Although most of the occupying protesters left, they promised to return on August 4, 2018 for another round of protests, and many publicly promised violence. The mayor stated that he would allow police intervention out of concern the protests would turn violent.

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