The mayor joined the protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
Portland mayor Ted Wheeler was hit by tear gas when he joined demonstrators protesting racial injustice and police brutality on Thursday night.
Upon arriving at the protest site, Wheeler was taunted by some demonstrators who said that he should have done more to protect the people of Portland.
However, as he stood outside the Portland Justice Center, Wheeler was himself exposed to tear gas. In the video, you can see him coughing.
“I’m not going to lie: it hurts, it’s hard to breathe. And I can honestly say that I didn’t see anything that could cause [the security forces] such a reaction,” Wheeler said. After the attack, he did not leave the rally.
Tear gas is used by Federal agencies to disperse protesters in the United States. Whether they knew that the mayor of the city was in the crowd is unknown. This is the first time he has joined the demonstrators.
Before that, protesters had repeatedly called for Wheeler’s resignation. They didn’t like the fact that the mayor supported the Federal government and not the citizens. According to Wheeler, he knows that “a lot of people hate him,” but he also wants the feds to leave.