If you cannot trust homeland security, then why are you excepting the words of far left politicians without scrutiny?
Portland is probably in the top three of most liberal large cities in the United States. You think they’re city commissioners have no agenda here? Why don’t you consider the words of the place themselves, as stated through their union president?
Well, most likely because despite Portland's reputation as a liberal bastion, they've actually got an extremely complex relationship with white supremacists and racist police tactics, and protecting bad cops, allowing them back on duty, and protecting them again.
Respectfully I'd suggest you do your research here. The Portland PD and the Portland police union are not known as 'keep Portland weird' kind of people. This is a pretty complex city in a pretty complex state that people like to write off as a bunch of uber-liberal coffee snobs and Portlandia sketches but the actual city and state history is pretty grim when it comes to racism and police tactics.
So yeah, I expect the police union and the police department to be pretty negative about the protestors. They've got people running through their streets chanting ACAB every night and they keep on showing up no matter how much tear gas and hopefully non-lethal bullets get thrown their way. On top of that police officers every night have to go out there in full riot gear during a pandemic and beat the living crap out of protestors, and in the dead of summer no less. They probably hate it too. I'm sure everyone hates it.
But there is really no reason to trust the Portland PD or their union reps here. Sure they want to say this is just about violence. It means that the violence they're inflicting on protestors will be seen as retaliatory or deserved. Sure he's saying they're all vandals and rioters. It means when they violate their rights, they're just punishing criminals so it's okay.
It's not okay. The police union president should be smarter than to hitch his wagon to this train.