‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ posters of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have allegedly circulated around the city.
A screenshot of a tweet by a user named Fawn Mcconnell was shared by the conservative Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo, who alleged the posters were put up by far left group Antifa.
“As much as he has tried to appease them, the far-left in Portland absolutely hate him & have threatened to kill him before,” Ngo said in his tweet.
The poster reads that Wheeler is wanted for “assault, murder, and crimes against humanity” and is signed off by the “People of Portland.”
Mcconell’s Twitter reads that her page belongs to “a multiracial, liberal, black man loving, gay rights supporter, fascist hating person.”
Ngo, a right-wing journalist who often covers protests and demonstrations through videos, sued Antifa in the summer, according to KATU. He said he was targeted by the group and suffered brain injuries from being assaulted while covering protests in Portland last year.
The Portland Police Bureau denied seeing any of the posters when asked about them by the Washington Examiner.
“I personally haven’t seen these fliers and no one has asked about them,” said Derek Carmon, the public information officer for the PPB.
The Examiner also reached out to Wheeler’s office but did not immediately hear back.
Portland saw some of the strongest protests over the summer following the death of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis after an officer pinned him down by the neck for nearly nine minutes.
Wheeler has sparred with President Trump over his handling of the city’s unrest, and repeatedly rejected federal assistance to help corral the demonstrations.
The mayor has also been the subject of ire by far left demonstrators who criticized the city’s police response to protesters. In September, Wheeler faced mounting pressure to resign over complaints that he hasn’t done enough to crack down on police use of force, stop the nightly violence, and address other issues in the city. He was challenged in the mayoral race by Sarah Lannarone, who famously claimed “I am Antifa,” and made a pitch to appease the left-wing voters of liberal Portland. Wheeler narrowly won his re-election this year.