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Portland’s Mayor bans Police from using tear gas

Oregon Police wearing anti-riot gear march towards protesters through tear gas smoke during the 100th day and night of protests against racism and police brutality in Portland, Oregon in this September 5, 2020 file photo. - AFP
Oregon Police wearing anti-riot gear march towards protesters through tear gas smoke during the 100th day and night of protests against racism and police brutality in Portland, Oregon in this September 5, 2020 file photo. - AFP

US: The mayor of the protest-hit US city of Portland, Oregon on Thursday ordered city police to stop using tear gas for crowd control purposes.

The northwestern city has endured more than 100 days of demonstrations against racism and police brutality. Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, has been fiercely criticized by “Black Lives Matter” and anti-fascist activists that have been in the streets since the death of George Floyd, the African-American man who died gasping for air under the knee of a white police officer in late May in the city of Minneapolis.

In his dual job as Mayor and Chief of Police, Wheeler has been criticized for failing to meet commitments to reduce racial discrimination and police brutality, which demonstrators believe especially target racial minorities.

Separately, Portland on Wednesday banned the use of facial recognition technology by all city departments, including the police. - AFP


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