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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's strategy to quell rioting in the city: Let it 'burn itself out'

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The do-nothing approach

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Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler has an innovative new strategy to quell riots in the Oregon city that have continued to rage on every night for more than three months. That is, do nothing in particular.

"I believe [the nightly violence] will ultimately burn itself out," Wheeler said during a recent interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter Rebecca Ellis.

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