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The mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, held a press conference on 30 August, 2020 to address the overnight shooting of a pro-Trump, right wing protester. Wheeler took a firm stance against the escalating violence between protesters in Oregon, reiterating (multiple times) that he and the rest of the Portland leadership strongly denounce violence. At one Wheeler called-out President Trump directly and told the president: 

“You want me to stop the violence that you helped create… Do your job and let me do mine.”

The Portland police chief, Chuck Lovell, also spoke at the press conference and made a striking comment that illustrates the complexity of the situation unfolding in Portland. A reporter asked Lovell what law enforcement can do to address possible retribution and the escalating violence with armed protesters on every side. Lovell responded with a frank explanation of the precarious situation and he (Lovell) implied that, to an extent, and because of the Second Amendment, there are significant barriers and limitations to the power of local authorities to curb (the potential) of escalating violence on the streets of Portland.

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