Portland mayor Ted Wheeler, who refuses to defund the police in the way that Portland protesters mean the word (i.e. abolish), should resign. AND he should run in the special election called to replace him.
Yes, lets do that.
Some people think defunding the police means abolishing the police but the leaders I find interesting are a lot more nuanced than that.
Every day they become a little bit less nuanced, every day I become a little less nuanced. Last night a protester dropped an inflatable sausage on the ground. The cops told her to pick it up, she kept walking. The cops walked up to her, put the sausage in her hands, slapped it out of her hands and arrested her for littering. The cops then copped a feel on her. The girl was seventeen.
I don't know why that one bugs me so much, I guess because it's a child being sexually assaulted by the police.
The other night I watched both sides face off. Someone threw a water bottle. The cops started shooing the whole crowd with pepper rounds. A protester asked why they were getting shot. The cop pointed at the lady who threw a water bottle and said "She threw a water bottle at us."
The protester said "than arrest her! but stop shooting us."
The cop fired off a few more rounds into the crowd, big shrug.
Every night the cops are doing some combination of the following: gassing people, hitting people, arresting people, destroying food that is for homeless and protesters, destroying medical supplies and coordinating with dangerous right wing militia type groups. They are doing this to minors, religious leaders, disabled people and elderly people. Gassing, destroying food and medical supplies are considered war crimes on the international stage.
National media talks about the violent protesters...
Local media is mixed and it depends on who pays the bills.
Ted Wheeler abets the purposeful violation and of our citizens constitutional rights and violence from the police and violent right wing groups. The guy shouldn't be mayor and as head of the police force he should have to face some kind of criminal or civil penalty for violation of constitutional rights.
Makes me so mad.
AND the Portland protesters should put up their own candidate who will, in fact, defund the police to oblivion. Then vote. Let’s do this next week. Let’s see who the people of Portland put into office. Either the dog catches the car or the car runs over the dog. Either way, the story arc of this particular protest narrative ends there.
This part is just a bit fanciful and silly but fuckin a literary!