The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could soon have “no choice” but to restore order in Portland if local officials refuse to do so, acting chief Chad Wolf warned Mayor Ted Wheeler in an open letter.
Wolf issued the notice to Wheeler in response to the mayor’s recent rejection of federal assistance despite nearly 100 nights of continued violence and rioting in the city.
“You state in your letter that ‘[t]here is no place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city.’ Unfortunately, you have failed to back up that sentiment with any action,” Wolf wrote. “In fact, your inaction has fostered an environment that has fueled senseless violence and destruction night after night.”
“For more than three months, Portland has become the epicenter of crime and chaos, with rioters attacking government buildings with the intention of burning them to the ground.”
Wolf pointed out that despite Wheeler’s claims the turmoil would “ultimately burn itself out,” the situation in Portland has only worsened, culminating in the alleged murder of a man belonging to the Patriot Prayer group on Saturday night.