Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) said he was moving out of his Pearl District apartment after repeated demonstrations and recent riot damage.
Over 200 people marched on Monday to the mayor’s condominium tower, which is home to 114 residents. He called for his resignation and caused damage and vandalism inside and around the complex, the Oregonians reported.
In an email to neighbors on Tuesday, Wheeler apologized for the unrest and said it was “for the best for me and for the safety and peace of everyone else” that he find a new home.
“I sincerely apologize for the damage to our home and the fear you have over my position,”
Police on Monday arrested nearly 20 people connected to the crowd, breaking windows and creating tension under the 16-story building the mayor lives in.
Fires were lit in the streets near the apartment building and at one point a wad of newspapers was set on fire and thrown into a shop front on the first floor of the apartment building.
There have been protests and demonstrations in Portland since the death of George Floyd in May in police custody in Minneapolis.
The events outside of Wheeler’s residence also came just days after a man from a Conservative group was shot and killed in a caravan by President TrumpDonald John TrumpMelania Trump used a private email account in the White House, says ex-boyfriend, Trump repeats the drug test call before the debates, claiming Biden is on some kind of improvement. How Markey beat a Kennedy MORE Supporter.
The President and Wheeler joked back and forth over riots in Portland when Trump said he could send federal law enforcement agencies into town and restore peace to the city.
“Once again you said you offered to help Portland by sending law enforcement agencies to our city. On behalf of the city of Portland, no thanks,” Wheeler wrote in a letter to Trump Friday.