Nathan Howard / Getty ImagesFederal officers deploy tear gas while dispersing a crowd of about a thousand protesters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse on July 24, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. (Nathan Howard / Getty Images)
By Jake Dima
Published September 11, 2020 at 1:35pm
Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler on Thursday banned the use of tear gas as violent rioting in the Oregon city surpassed the 100-day mark.
“We need something different,” the Democrat wrote in a news release. “We need it now.”
“It’s time for everyone to reduce the violence in our community,” he continued. “We all want change. We all have the opportunity and obligation to create change. We all want to focus on the fundamental issue at hand — justice for Black people and all people of color.”
Wheeler said his administration and the state Legislature are seeking “safer