“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.