Portland Mayor: “Help Unmask Rioters, Take the City Back.”

Portland Mayor: Help ‘Unmask’ Rioters, ‘Take The City Back’

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, called for residents to help “unmask” people behind the continued violence in the state’s largest city.

Mayor Ted Wheeler encouraged anyone with information about self-described anarchists contact the police.

“If anyone spots a license plate on one of the vehicles, they can give that information to the authorities”, he said.

“Our job is to unmask them, arrest them, and prosecute them. I want to personally thank neighbors, family, friends, and others who have come forward with vital evidence. People know who these criminals are. They know what they’re up to,” Wheeler said during a virtual briefing.

The mayor also made it clear he wasn’t asking people to become violent.

“If you see somebody engaged in criminal activity, and you can safely film it or take a photograph, please do so. To be clear, we’re asking people to be engaged in a way that is nonconfrontational, that is nonviolent,” he said.

“I’m asking people to speak out against this criminal destruction and violence. I’m asking people to help if they can do so safely by providing evidence. And I’m asking them to come forward, if they know something, or they know somebody who is engaged in this kind of criminal distraction. I’m not asking people to physically defend themselves or defend their property. That is the purview of the police.”
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