Imagine waking up this morning to an emergency message from your local news station. A warning has been issued for your city for all residents to stay where they are and shelter in place. Emergency services are not available at this time. You try to call 911, but there is no answer. The police are not responding to calls for service. The only thing protecting you and your loved ones is your front door and a few lower level windows.
This sounds like a Hollywood movie or something read in a history book about a third world country uprising, but its not. This is present day Portland, Oregon.
This morning Portland residents were notified by the Portland Police to shelter in place. Civil unrest is rampant throughout the city. An attempt to create an Autonomous zone blockage in the Pearl District has been declared an unlawful assembly and the police are currently using all available resources to help disperse this crowd.
Mass protests, some turning into violent uprising, have been taking place throughout the city for almost three weeks in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in late May after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes. The former police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder.
Portland Police have lost control of the city. This is very apparent by the numerous posts on their social media pages and twitter. On Tuesday, demonstrators were successfully able to lock members of the police department inside the Justice Center while lighting fires on 2nd Ave.
City Officials and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have been very ineffective in their efforts to curb the violence and destruction in the city. Their passive approach to this emergency allows this situation to continue to worsen and inflicts more harm to the residents and business owners of the city of Portland. The riots will eventually subside. When it comes time to hold the wrongdoers accountable for their actions, you must also hold those individuals who were in authority and were asleep at the wheel responsible as well. Just as Nero, Mayor Wheeler also plays his fiddle while his city burns.