Governor Says Feds Are Withdrawing From Portland

Sunday, 02 Aug, 2020

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf ordered the office to stop collecting information about reporters and called for an internal investigation into the matter.

"If they don't do it we will send in the National Guard and we'll take care of it", Trump told a White House news briefing.

A top official at the Department of Homeland Security was removed from his post amid reporting that he compiled "intelligence reports" about journalists and protesters in Portland, Oregon.

Photojournalist Brian Conley reported that about 4 a.m. on July 24, federal officers fired tear gas and impact munitions at the few journalists or medics that remained near Southwest Third Avenue and Salmon Street.

They often spiral into violence as demonstrators target the US courthouse in Oregon's largest city with rocks, fireworks and laser pointers.

An Associated Press analysis of more than 200 arrests yesterday found that even those accused of breaking the law during the nightly rallies "don't neatly fit into" Mr Trump's depiction of protesters as "anarchists and agitators". But the deployment appeared to have the opposite effect, reinvigorating demonstrators who crafted a new goal of getting rid of the federal presence.

Portland's City Council also voted this week to refer a ballot measure to voters in November that would create a police review board independent from any elected official or city department.

"Kate Brown, Governor of OR, isn't doing her job".

Attorney Matthew Borden, for the journalists and observers, said he welcomed the idea of requiring officers to wear large numbers on their jerseys.

Rioters repeatedly set fire to the courthouse, smashed windows, and assaulted law enforcement before the fence was put up. He added that the troopers dispatched to the site are OR residents.

"I've been thinking this needs to be handled by the state or by the city for some time", Smith said.

Recently, Murphy tried to broaden the definition of violent protesters in Portland, in a way that some officials felt was meant to curry favor with the White house.

Federal agents will mostly remain inside, she said, though there will be some forces remaining outside.

Democratic mayors said the deployment had escalated tensions at anti-racism protests and was political theater for Trump's "law and order" campaign ahead of the Nov.3 election.

In a tweet late Friday, Wheeler thanked the peaceful protestors, and said they had "reclaimed the space that has been a staging ground for violence, to share their powerful message of reformative justice".

"Federal agents almost killed a demonstrator, and their presence has led to increased violence and vandalism in our downtown core", he claimed in a lengthy Twitter thread. In a tactic that was challenged in court by the OR attorney general, the federal officers used unmarked vans to target protesters for arrest. "This was long before federal agents showed up outside the courthouse", said Ngo, who tweeted a photograph of the previous pig's head. They say that they're going to work with federal law enforcement and the Portland Police.

As agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement pulled back, troopers with the Oregon State Police were supposed to take over.

However, comments from other Trump administration officials have raised questions about the original timetable for federal agent withdrawal.