“I’ll Have You Know I Summited Everest!” Says Ted Wheeler In Response To Ongoing Police Brutality At Protests

 “I’ll Have You Know I Summited Everest!” Says Ted Wheeler In Response To Ongoing Police Brutality At Protests

In an exclusive interview with the Stumptown Scallion, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler gave his thoughts on the ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Below are excerpts from the interview.โฃ
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๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ด?โฃ
โ€œWhen youโ€™re at base camp, your lungs need to acclimate to the thinner air. Tear gas is like that thin Everest air – you should only be exposed to it when absolutely critical.โ€œโฃ
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๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด?โฃ
I havenโ€™t meaningfully pushed back on PPDs use of expensive crowd control devices like LRADS, tear gas, and overtime pay because if thereโ€™s one thing I learned from summiting Everest, itโ€™s that anything is possible if you throw enough money at it.โฃ
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๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด?โฃ
The treacherous conditions on Everest โ€“ which is three times taller than Mount Hood โ€“ have led to numerous casualties over the years. I pray for the recovery of the young man shot in the head under my watch, just like I prayed for the men and women injured while ascending the worldโ€™s highest peak.โฃ
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๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ?โฃ
โ€œI had help when summiting โ€˜Chomolungmaโ€™ (Everest in Tibetan). The team of local Sherpas helped get me to the top of the worldโ€™s highest mountain. Similarly, our team of PPD officers (Ted Wheeler) need a little help from federal officers (my team of sherpas) to keep things calm at the Justice Center (Mount Everest, which I summited).โ€œโฃ