The home of a Portland City Commissioner, Ore., Was targeted by protesters this week because he refused to assist with $ 18 million in police budget cuts.
A group of about 60 people paraded in the rain on Thursday from Arbor Lodge Park to Commissioner Dan Ryan’s home. There, they smashed windows, broke a flowerpot and threw paint-filled flares and balloons into the house, authorities said.
Dozens of state soldiers and Multnomah County sheriffs arrived at the scene and ordered the group to leave. No one was arrested.
The police office said it was Wednesday night this week, protesters arrived at Ryan’s home.
“I appreciate that our community members are very enthusiastic,”; Ryan said in a statement. “But trespassing the house that I shared with my fiancé; Disrupting and threatening my neighbors and me – and destroying my property – are not an effective or safe way of expressing opinions. I have elderly neighbors and I fear for their safety and happiness. ”
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also criticized the protesters’ actions.
“The vandalism and crime attack last night into Commissioner Ryan’s home was to blame,” he said in a statement Friday morning. Responsible people must be found, investigated and prosecuted before the law. I condemn anyone who uses violence to try to silence another person’s voice.
The vandalism came after Ryan disagreed hours earlier in Council’s 3-2 vote to cut police funds. He is considered a rotating vote. The activists have been pushing police budget-cutting efforts for months in a way similar to those seen in other cities in a nation-wide contested security check.
During an earlier visit to Ryan’s house, protesters shouted, “Don’t be a bad guy! Give back the PPB 18 million dollars!” Oregon Public Broadcasting has reported. “PPB” refers to the Portland Police Department.
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“I am committed to alternative police response options and forms [sic]”Ryan wrote on his blog on Thursday.” But cutting another $ 18 million at a time when we don’t have a viable alternative to filling the service gap left behind is not my idea of police reform. “
After the disturbance at the house, the authorities reacted to the town hall to report the burned doors. Investigators believe a burning object was thrown at the door, igniting the fire, and extinguished shortly thereafter.