DHS’ Wolf: Portland’s Leaders Need to End Violence, Ask Feds for Help
cting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Sunday said sending federal law enforcement to Portland, Ore, to bring three months of unrest to an end is “on the table.”
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Wolf decried the refusal of local officials to ask for federal assistance.
“All options continue to be on the table… with concern to Portland,” he said.
“They continue to refuse any kind of federal assistance to bring that violent activity that’s been going on for 90 days to a close… We need to bring back some normality back to Portland. If the state and local officials won’t do it, they need to ask for federal assistance from the government.”
A man wearing a hat with the logo of a right-wing group was shot and killed in Portland Saturday night after hundreds of pro-Trump supporters clashed with those protesting the shootings of Black men and women by police.
Last week, a white 17-year-old who’d attended a Trump rally earlier in the year and posted on social media in support of police was accused of shooting three people, two fatally, during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Demonstrations have spread across the U.S. following the killing in May of George Floyd by Minnesota police, and protest has grown with other incidents, including the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. While most protests have been peaceful, tensions have grown with damaged buildings and physical altercations.
In an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Wolf charged that local officials have failed to protect their community.
“They foster an environment of this lawlessness and chaos,” he said of local officials there. “We’ve been asking the governor and others to send in the National Guard to address the violence so that you don’t have dueling demonstrations… this violence that occurs night after night after night on the streets of Portland.
By Cathy Burke