Federal agents hit Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler with tear gas after crowd of angry protesters threw trash and water bottles at him and demanded he resign following two months of chaos across the city

Thursday, July 23, 2020
By Paul Martin

Mayor Ted Wheeler was met by angry crowds who chanted ‘tear gas Ted’ during demonstration Wednesday
Wheeler told demonstrators that he is ‘doing everything in my power’ to drive federal agents out of Portland
While tensions continue in Portland, concerns are mounting that Chicago is headed in the same direction
Trump escalated federal intervention in cities Wednesday by deploying agents to Chicago and Albuquerque
According to the president, federal agents were sent to cities to quell what he claims is out of control violence

23 July 2020

The mayor of Portland was left struggling to breathe when federal agents hit him with tear gas after a crowd of angry protesters threw shrapnel at his feet as they demanded the city official resign during a Wednesday night demonstration.

Mayor Ted Wheeler scrambled to put goggles on after the noxious gas was used on crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrating against police brutality for the 56th night following the death of George Floyd who took his last breath under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25.

Wheeler told The New York Times: ‘I’m not going to lie — it stings; it’s hard to breathe. And I can tell you with 100 per cent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.’

During his appearance, Wheeler promised that he would continue to try and get federal agents out of Portland.

‘I am doing everything in my power to get them to leave,’ he told protesters in footage captured by OPB.

He was met with outrage from the crowds chanting ‘Ted must go’, swearing at him and calling for his resignation as he made his way into the crowd.

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