On Saturday, a group of alleged Antifa members threw rocks, smoke bombs, paint and fireworks at a group of Republicans during a rally in support of Oregon gubernatorial candidate and Mayor of Sandy, Stan Pulliam in Portland, according to Fox News.
According to the Portland Police Bureau statement, an older woman suffered hearing loss, and an older man’s hand was injured.
Portland Police were notified at 12:03 a.m. last Saturday, April 30, that a series of incidents were occurring at Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street and mustered a small number of officers to deal with the disturbance.
The rioters began attacking supporters of Stan Pulliam, Sandy’s current mayor. Pulliam, in his platform, is running for governor of Oregon and wants to “triple the size of the Oregon State Police and temporarily deploy them and the Oregon National Guard to end the endless violence in the streets of Portland.”
Pullman was quick to express on Twitter his displeasure with what transpired.
“This is what happens when a Republican dares to hold an event in Portland to talk about funding our police. Antifa shows up. Well, we won’t be intimidated and stop speaking the truth,” he posted on his Twitter account along with a video of the attack perpetrated by alleged Antifa members, who were dressed in black and hooded.
In the following tweet, he emphasized that police were slow to arrive at the scene of the incidents due to a lack of funds.
“More footage from PDX as Antifa attacked our campaign supporters. No surprise…underfunded police didn’t show in time to allow our free speech,” he posted
In another statement, the Portland Police Bureau reported that they were extremely busy during the night of April 29, hence the lack of resources.
It should be noted that in 2020 following the Black Lives Matter protests over the death of George Floyd, there was a $15 million cut in the Portland police budget. According to Daily Mail, that resulted in a significant increase in crime, so city lawmakers added $5.2 million again to the police department.