When Antifa militants attacked a campaign event near police headquarters on Saturday in downtown Portland, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) took more than twenty minutes to arrive, according to reports.
By the time they arrived, the demonstrators, who were dressed in black, had dispersed by that point after throwing paint-filled balloons, smoke grenades, and fireworks, according to police. According to authorities, two people were hurt by “mortars.”
The aggressiveness of the demonstrators forced the cancellation of a rally in favor of Stan Pulliam, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, whose platform includes reimbursing police officers.
“This is what happens when a Republican dares to hold an event in Portland to talk about funding our police. Antifa shows up,” Pulliam tweeted.
Pulliam further claimed the “underfunded police didn’t show in time to allow our free speech.”
Speaking to the media, Pulliam said what they have experienced is what “neighbors throughout the Portland community have to experience on almost a daily basis.”
“We called the police, we called 911,” he said. “In fact, at the Justice of Peace Center, we were just outside of their headquarters, sat on hold for over 20 minutes. No police officers ever arrive until the very end, just to take our statement.”
Pulliam made a comparison between the 1970s, when Portland had 30 cops per 100,000 inhabitants, and the present-day ratio of eight officers per 100,000 people.
“And then we wonder why we have all the violence and destruction happening on our streets,” he added.