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‘Egregious Overreaction’: Portland Mayor Is Tear Gassed by Federal Officers

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‘Egregious Overreaction’: Portland Mayor Is Tear Gassed by Federal Officers

Federal officers tear gassed Mayor Ted Wheeler as they sprayed into a crowd of protesters he joined outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Ore.

[coughing] [blast] “I’m not going to lie, it stings. It’s hard to breathe. And I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response. It’s nasty stuff. I’m not afraid, but I am pissed off.” Reporter: “What are you pissed about?” “This, this is an egregious overreaction on the part of the federal officers. There was nothing that I saw here that warranted this reaction. And all it’s doing as you can see, it hasn’t stopped the crowd. They’ve fired munitions, they’ve fired tear gas. All it’s done is piss everybody off even more. Just made people angry. They’ve come in and they’ve kicked a hornet’s nest. This is not a deescalation strategy. This is flat out urban warfare, and it’s being brought on the people of this country by the president of the United States. And it’s got to stop now.” [yelling] “See you out here tomorrow night, huh?” [yelling] “You better be here every night, Ted.”

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