Mayor Ted Wheeler, shortly after being tear gassed Wednesday. MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND

Mayor Wheeler Condemns Feds’ “Indiscriminate” Use of Tear Gas, Despite Portland Police Using Identical Tactics

After being repeatedly tear gassed Wednesday by federal police, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is in agreement with protesters: Law enforcement’s response to nightly demonstrations is disproportionately violent.

“The tear gas… it’s indiscriminate,” Wheeler told reporters, standing in a swarm of protesters on the street outside the Mark Hatfield Federal Courthouse at 11:45 pm. Wheeler, who had just been hit by a heavy volley of gas, said he didn’t believe the public’s actions warranted the use of tear gas and munitions.

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