Portland mayor vows to hold vandalizers accountable

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler promised to hold violent demonstrators accountable in a press conference hosted after two straight days of vandalization and clashes with police. Wheeler said Friday that he would organize a meeting with law enforcement to determine a response to “anarchist violence” in the city. Police say demonstrators launched fireworks at a federal courthouse and sent projectiles at police officers. Wheeler called for the Oregon Legislature to pass a bill to increase penalties for those who repeatedly vandalize property. He also said that state lawmakers may need to change laws to afford the city government more surveillance abilities, though he provided no specifics when pressed for details.