Portland City Council meetings too unsafe to attend, Nick Fish tells staff | OregonLive.com

Source: Portland City Council meetings too unsafe to attend, Nick Fish tells staff | OregonLive.com

“I have a responsibility to maintain a safe workplace,” Fish said in a text to The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Council meetings are no longer safe.”

A Portland security official said he could hear yelling from the first floor of the Portland Building, even though the protesters were in a meeting that took place behind closed doors on the second floor.

Mayor Ted Wheeler called the outbursts of protesters on Wednesday “hostile”, “abusive” and a “stain on the civic life of our city.” He apologized in a Facebook post to people who tried to testify only to get shouted over.

“I am saddened – and frankly embarrassed – by the behavior of many attendees, who were not there to participate in civil discourse but to disrupt,” Wheeler wrote.

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