Aug 01, 2020
Portland Protest Strives for Peace as US Forces Drawn Down
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More than a thousand people showed up in downtown Portland early Saturday to peacefully protest, about three days after the announcement that the presence of U.S. agents there would be reduced - a deal that Oregon officials hope will continue to ease tensions as the city tries to move on from months of chaotic nightly protests.
Friday's overnight protest mimicked that of Thursday, which was the first time in weeks that demonstrations ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests. The change in tone outside a federal courthouse that's become ground zero in clashes between demonstrators and federal agents came after the U.S. government began drawing down its forces in the liberal city under a deal between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration.Portland: First Night in Weeks Without Tear Gas The agents withdrew under a deal between Oregon's governor and U.S. officials to end a deployment that sparked a standoff between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic mayors over the use of federal police in U.S. cities
As of midnight Saturday, no federal agents had emerged from the courthouse, which has been the center of protests for weeks, and there was no noticeable law enforcement presence surrounding the area.
The fence that has separated protesters and U.S. agents stationed at the courthouse was decorated with balloons and upside-down American flags sewn together with "BLM" painted across, an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
At one point in the night a small firework was shot over the fence. As it sizzled out on its own, protesters pleaded with others to remain peaceful. Later, a few small fires were occasionally started outside the courthouse, with at least one put out by other protesters.
Unlike previous weeks, protesters were not centered mainly outside the courthouse, but scattered throughout downtown.
A group identified as "Firefighters for Black Lives Matter" gathered in a small park a couple miles west of the courthouse. Another group, "Unemployed Workers for Black Lives" began to march towards the federal building around 8 p.m. People stood next to a makeshift memorial, with the pictures and names of Black people killed by police, at the Waterfront Park. A parade of cars with Black Lives Matter signs taped to their windows slowed traffic in the city.
Just after midnight, the crowd had grown to over 1,000 people who remained outside chanting "Black Lives Matter" and shouting the names of Black people killed by police. Groups were also standing together engaging in conversations about social injustice.US Federal Agents to Begin Portland Withdrawal Local, federal officials reach agreement after contention over deployment to northwestern city
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 took over. Since then, there have been no visible signs of any federal law enforcement presence outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.
In a tweet, President Donald Trump Friday night reiterated that the Department of Homeland Security "is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!"
Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2020
"Last night, the world was watching Portland," Brown said in a tweet Friday. "Here's what they saw: Federal troops left downtown. Local officials protected free speech. And Oregonians spoke out for Black Lives Matter, racial justice, and police accountability."
Mayor Ted Wheeler also struck an optimistic tone but cautioned that there was much work to be done after more than 60 days of protests - and not just in cleaning up downtown Portland.
Leaders in Oregon are pushing for a raft of measures that would address systemic racism in everything from policing to housing. Those proposals could be fast-tracked for consideration in a special legislative session later this summer.
The governor also announced the creation of a Racial Justice Council to advise her on criminal justice reform and police accountability, health equity, economic opportunity, housing and homelessness, and environmental justice.
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.
The scene outside the federal courthouse stood in sharp contrast to the violent clashes between protesters and the agents that Trump sent to Oregon's largest city in early July. Protests have roiled Portland for more than two months following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
And while thousands have marched and rallied peacefully, Portland's federal courthouse became a target for some protesters. Smaller numbers of demonstrators tried to tear down a fence erected to protect it, lit fires at the courthouse entryway and hurled fireworks, flares and bricks at the agents holed up inside. Most nights, the agents responded by firing tear gas.
Under the deal announced by the governor, the agents will withdraw in phases.
The U.S. government had arrested 94 people as of Wednesday, the most recent accounting. Since the protests began, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said local police made more than 400 arrests.
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Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter Lyssa wants ‘peace’ and ‘love’ days after slamming ‘negative’ trolls
DOG the Bounty Hunter’s daughter Lyssa Chapman is tired of all the negativity on her page and wants “peace” and “love.”
The 33-year-old reality star shared a smiling photo of herself on Thursday to change up the vibe of her Instagram after she slammed hurtful trolls a few days earlier.10Lyssa Chapman wants nothing but 'love' and 'peace' right nowCredit: Instagram
Lyssa showed off her fit figure while posing on a paddleboard in a low-cut bikini top and tiny bottoms.
The mother of two smiled and held up a peace sign while idling on the water.
Along with the calming snapshot, she wrote: “Peace, LOVE and #EffCovid to all!
“#HigherSpritualBlessing #BlessAll”10Dog the Bounty Hunter's daughter recently slammed 'negative' trolls for coming after herCredit: Getty Images - Getty 10She said she often wants to clap back but tries not to stoop to their levelCredit: Instagram/Lyssa Chapman
In the comments section, one fan asked for her “secret” to looking so great, and Lyssa gave an honest answer.
The former bail bondswoman replied: “Pizza, beer and I cannot forget STRESS!”
Of course, she left out a few other factors, like her paddle-boarding, walking, hiking and intense workouts, which have all led to the toned body she often flaunts in bikinis.
A lot of the stress she mentioned, though, is likely coming from the “negative” comments she often receives online and called out recently.10Lyssa has been showing off her beach body a lot lately in various bikinisCredit: Instagram 10Her smiling bikini shots come after she reconnected with her dad earlier this yearCredit: Bret Thomsett for The Sun
Along with a selfie of her looking directly into the camera, Lyssa admitted she often wants to clap back with “hateful things” to all of the haters coming at her.
She wrote: "I’m a person who is greatly effected by negative internet comments.
"Try as I may, I can have 100 NICE comments, and ONE mean one, and the mean one is ALL I can focus on....
"I find myself wanting to comment back HATEFUL THINGS!!! To complete strangers. I know. Crazy."10The two were in a bad place because of her dislike of his ex-girlfriendCredit: Instagram 10Now that he's with fiance Francie Frane, the two are doing a lot betterCredit: Instagram
The mom-of-two, who recently celebrated daughter Maddy's 11th birthday, went on to voice her thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic and how important it is for America to "get our kids back in school.”
She wrote: "WE AS AMERICANS need to come together to get the covid OUT and get our kids back in school!!!
"My daughter is struggling. Her school skills are rusty ????. Her social-self is struggling...
"Can we PLEASE JUST GET IT TOGETHER LONG ENOUGH TO PUT THE KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL?!?"10Dog lost wife Beth to cancer last yearCredit: Getty - Contributor 10Now he's engaged to Francie and the two celebrate Lyssa's daughter Abbie's 18th birthday together earlier this yearCredit: Instagram
Lyssa has shared plenty of insights into her home life over recent months, most recently posting a hilarious clip of her dad dancing on a “make-your-own stripper pole.”
Duane "Dog" Chapman and his daughter recently reconnected after going through a rough patch due to her dislike of his ex-girlfriend, Moon Angell.
Earlier this year, she slammed Dog and Moon, who used to be the late Beth Chapman's assistant, for dating just months after Lyssa’s step-mom’s death.
After the bounty hunter split from his girlfriend a short while later, Dog and his daughter were able to work on repairing their relationship, which started with a long, emotional phone call.
The father of 12 called up his daughter as his granddaughter, Abbie, fulfilled his late wife Beth's final wishes and joined the US Air Force.10The bounty hunter is working on a new TV show that he says will include his whole familyCredit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in CelebrityExclusive'ALL AN ACT'Ellen's show guest claims host 'snapped' out of 'kind' character off cameraExclusivePITT PARTYBrad Pitt flies family to Cali for mom Jane's 80th birthday but kids are no-showkailyn's heartbreakTeen Mom Kailyn says ‘you learn by crying alone’ after Creed's birthSEE YA, OC!Vicki Gunvalson lists Orange County mansion for $3.3M after RHOC firingWHERE'S DUANE LEE?Dog the Bounty Hunter's fans miss rarely-seen son Duane LeeExclusiveCOUNTING MILLIONSJim Bob Duggar has huge $4.4M real estate empire with 13 plots of land
Abbie graduated from high school at 16 and was sworn into the Air Force earlier this year.
Dog is now engaged to Francie Frane, and Lyssa has opened up about how much she loves his fiance and their relationship.
The whole family will only be getting even closer to one another as the bounty hunter revealed he’s working on a new show called Dog’s Dirty Dozen that will include “all” of his family.