A person purporting to represent Antifa has reportedly targeted Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) after he issued a plea for the community to assist in “unmasking” rioters and members of Antifa.
Just last week, Wheeler
asked the public to identify any violent or destructive demonstrators as riots have continued to erupt across the city for more than a year.
What are the details?
According to a Thursday report from
PJ Media, a person purporting to represent Antifa threatened Wheeler in a video shared Wednesday night.
In the video, a masked person threatens the Democratic mayor and even goes as far as to publish Wheeler’s home address.
The person concluded, “Ted, we are asking for the last time that you resign. If you ignore this message outright, the destruction to your precious way of life is going to escalate. Blood is already on your hands, Ted. The next time, it may just be your own.”
— nefelibata33_ (@nefelibata33_)1619658021.0
If the above link does not work, you can also access the video
here and below.
@tedwheeler @FBI @FBIPortland @POTUS Just a myth huh? Seems like “Antifa” just took it up a notch. https://t.co/xv56sruhGj
— PT News Network (@PT News Network)1619666245.0
On Thursday afternoon,
The Oregonian reported that police are investigating the video.
Jim Middaugh, a spokesman for the mayor, said that he and his office learned of the video Wednesday evening.
Middaugh added that the city’s police bureau also notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“Middaugh said the mayor’s office has seen a dramatic uptick in messages following the press conference, most of them critical of Wheeler and the remarks he made,” the outlet reported. “Some claimed the mayor’s comments would encourage right-wing vigilantism while others said hardline approach was too-little, too-late.”
Wheeler’s remarks also rankled some civil rights groups.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon condemned Wheeler’s request in a statement.
“His comments are inappropriate, irresponsible, and dangerous,” a spokesperson for the group said. “After more than four years as police commissioner, Ted Wheeler must finally recognize the role that unchecked police violence has in escalating tension in Portland.”