Republican Oregon mayor Stan Pulliam on Thursday blamed defunding of the police as part of the reason for the brutal ongoing violence in his state… he calls it a “culture of criminality.” He made the statements after watching the gut-wrenching riots in Portland and in other western cities such as Seattle. Pulliam is the mayor of Sandy, Oregon.
“All of us have just watched in horror as the violence and destruction has taken over the city of Portland and quite frankly, this is what the defunding of the police movement looks like,” Pulliam told “Fox & Friends First.”
He also said that because nobody has to pay a price for their actions that all of this has “unfortunately led to more incitement of violence.”
“We have [Portland] Mayor Ted Wheeler, who one week ago gets punched in the face by a citizen. And then just earlier in a segment on this very show, he’s put to having to pepper spray others,” the mayor stated. The violence has allegedly led to many businesses having to close and their owners are fleeing the city for a variety of reasons.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki stumbled as she was asked about the riots in both Portland and Seattle. She said that Biden “condemns violence” and supports “peaceful protests.” She followed that up with: “smashing windows is not protesting and neither is looting.”
During her press briefing on Monday, Psaki was also cornered on the issue concerning Biden’s reaction to the protests.
“President Biden condemns violence and any violence in the strongest possible terms,” Psaki firmly stated. “Peaceful protests are a cornerstone of our democracy but smashing windows is not protesting and neither is looting, and actions like these are totally unacceptable.”
After Biden was elected, the violence did not end from the protesters in Portland or Seattle as many thought it would. They focused on government buildings and damaged the Democratic Party building in Portland. More than 150 people who were protesting assailed the headquarters for the Democratic Party in Oregon and then turned their sights on an ICE building. This resulted in over a dozen arrests.
The Republican mayor of El Cajon, California, Bill Wells, also told “Fox & Friends First” that the city of La Mesa has had a number of violent incidents where bank buildings were burned to the ground. There was lots of violence there as well.
According to a new survey, mayors across the nation are against defunding the police. Most of America arguably agrees with them… it’s a matter of safety as police not only act as a deterrent but many times are the last line of defense against crime.
“And so I think it bodes well for really taking a serious look at this whole ‘defund the police’ movement and in reality, understanding that going for less police is probably exactly the wrong direction to take,” stated Wells. Defunding the police has gained traction in California over the last year as it has in a number of states.
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