Portland mayor bans police from using tear gas as crowd control

by Peter Heck · Sep 11th, 2020 9:05 am

Last Updated Sep 12th, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued an executive order on Thursday that forbids the city's police department from using tear gas as a method of crowd or riot control.

Wheeler said that the policy change, which is "effective immediately," came in response to complaints about the department's use of CS gas to disperse unruly crowds that have filled city streets for months.

Declaring that his goal was to reduce violence, Wheeler thanked both "the Oregon State Legislature and Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform" for helping inform his decision.

"We all want change," he said. "We all have the opportunity and obligation to create change. We all want to focus on the fundamental issue at hand — justice for black people and all people of color."

? In a highly publicized letter last month, Wheeler rejected President Trump's offer of federal assistance, calling it a "cynical attempt to stoke fear." Not long after, Wheeler announced that he would be moving, after his condo building became targeted by protesters and rioters.


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