Aug 02, 2020
Acting DHS Secretary Wolf on Portland: 'DHS remains in Portland until we can be assured that courthouse is safe and secure'
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Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf appeared on "Justice" with host Jeanine Pirro Saturday to discuss the latest in Portland after the Oregon State Police took over guarding the federal courthouse.
"What we've been asking for is both the city and the state to do their job for over 60 days.And again, what we see is we've had over 245 different injuries to law enforcement officers that could have been prevented had they done their job like every other responsible city in the country has done," Wolf said. "When they partner with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, they can get the job done. We see it happening in Portland over the last two nights. Oregon State Police have come in and Portland police have come in as well. And we see that the violence is dropping."
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The Oregon State Police Thursday took over the duties of guarding the federal courthouse in Portland that has become a flashpoint during two months of protests that have regularly turned violent.
Portland protests were mostly peaceful Friday night as over a thousand demonstrators gathered in front of the courthouse, just days after federal officers withdrew from the city.
Wolf said he was happy about the Portland's direction the last few days, but warned there was still violence in the city.
"There is still violence going on in Portland. There was before DHS arrived and there still continues to be. But we do see it at a much lower level. We're happy about that," Wolf said. "We're looking forward to further progress on this front. But again, to your point, we wish it would have occurred long before 60 days of violent criminal activity."
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The Acting Secretary told Pirro that the DHS continues to have a presence in the city.
"And of course, we're still in Portland to make sure that folks understand that DHS remains in Portland until we can be assured that courthouse is safe and secure," Wolf said. "Night after night, that is our charge for Federal Protective Service. As you indicated, protects overnight almost 9,000 facilities. And they will continue to protect the federal courthouse in Portland, as they have since 1997."
Fox News' Vandana Rambaran and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.
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Chicago : Despite rumors, Esteban Loaiza remains in prison in a United States jail .
SAN DIEGO – Over the weekend, the name of the former Mexican Dodgers player became trending again after he reported his alleged release and subsequent deportation to Tijuana. However, Telemundo 20 confirmed that he remains in federal custody.
After rumors circulated over the weekend that he had been released and deported to Tijuana, the name of Jenny Rivera’s ex became a trend.
However, Scott Taylor, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, confirmed to Telemundo 20 that Esteban Loaiza is currently in a federal prison in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
“After being sentenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Esteban Loaiza was appointed to FDC SeaTac.” He also confirmed that his release date is set for August 8, 2021.
Taylor also told Telemundo 20 that “for safety and security reasons, we do not discuss the specific conditions of confinement or plans for the release of an inmate.”
Jenny Rivera’s ex was sentenced in March to 3 years in prison.
Loaiza surrendered to the authorities to serve his sentence in April of last year among a sea of media waiting for him at the entrance of the federal building.
The former MLB star from Tijuana had sentenced him to three years in prison for the drug trafficking charges to which he pleaded guilty.
In addition, the judge ordered him five years of probation and he would be deported to Mexico once his sentence is over, said a prosecutor related to the case.
“As soon as his time is up, he leaves with immigration, after serving his prison time that could be reduced to 24 months for good behavior,” said Janice Deaton, who was his attorney during his defense.
Loaiza already has plans in Mexico. After her sentence is up, she would like to work with youth teaching baseball, her attorney said. The former baseball player has diabetes, Deaton reported.
The problems for Loaiza began on February 9, 2018 in the city of Imperial Beach, California, when the former baseball player was arrested after the discovery of more than 20 kilos of cocaine in a house that he rented.
No other information was available.
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