Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) likened federal law enforcement officers to “stormtroopers” — a comparison that has brought withering criticism from law enforcement officials.
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for her “disgusting” statements about law enforcement officers.
Pelosi goes off
After protesters claimed that unidentified federal officers in fatigues were making arrests in Portland, Pelosi furiously tweeted,” Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti. These are not the actions of a democratic republic. @DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission.”
“Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped,” she added.
“First Amendment speech should never be met with one-sided violence from federal agents acting as Trump’s secret police, especially when unidentified. This is disgraceful behavior we would expect from a banana republic — not the government of the United States,” Pelosi wrote in a followup tweet.
Wolf slams “dangerous” attack
Responding to Pelosi’s comments, Wolf stated on Friday, “One, it’s disgusting. Two, it’s an assault on every federal or civilian or state and local law enforcement officer who has taken an oath to protect their communities, to protect, in our case, federal facilities, to do their jobs — and I think it’s very, very dangerous.”
According to the DHS, violent activity has been occurring in Portland every night for more than 50 days — and local officials are doing nothing to stop it.
The Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse has become a “consistent target of the rioters, who try to tear it down and breach it using ropes, saws, and power tools. Rioters have also tried to set the fence on fire. As federal officers left the building to respond to attacks on the fence, night after night they have been met by rioters with hard projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers that can cause permanent blindness,” the DHS stated in a press release on Saturday.
Day 56. Last night six DHS law enforcement officers were injured in Portland. To be clear, criminals assaulted FEDERAL officers on FEDERAL property…and the city of Portland did nothing. pic.twitter.com/lzPPBl060y
— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) July 25, 2020
“It’s just sad”
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President John Catanzara Jr. also criticized Pelosi, wondering if the police should just ask, “Pretty please, can you turn yourself in? Can you stop being bad?”
“I mean, what does she know about law enforcement or anything about even laws at this point? She is so past her prime and it’s just sad,” he added.
“It’s really sad to watch.”