Wheeler says the director expressed concern over violent demonstrations in the last few days.
Wheeler said, “I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use. We do not need or want their help.”
Wheeler also said he wants to focus on protecting the community, cleaning up the city, and reopening businesses.
Earlier in the day, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf called on city leaders to end the violence against officers.
KATU spoke with one protester, Kace Freeman, who chained herself to a parking meter across from the Federal Courthouse, near where LaBella was injured.
“I chained myself to this parking meter that’s right next to this pool of blood that belongs to my friend Donovan LaBella,” Freeman said.
Freeman admits the protest is symbolic in nature and said the chain was plastic.
“We have a federal government that is attacking us,” Freeman said. “So it’s my civic duty to be down here.”