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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police declared an unlawful assembly Friday night and ordered protesters to leave, saying people were throwing things at officers. Anyone ignoring the order could face arrest or crowd control methods such as tear gas, police said. Police have been targeted with “paint bombs and other projectiles,” according to authorities. Demonstrations, often violent, have happened nightly in Oregon's biggest city for more than two months following the killing of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis after a white officer pressed a knee to his neck. Wednesday night and early Thursday morning authorities say protesters set a fire and exploded commercial grade fireworks outside the downtown federal courthouse. Several officers were injured and two...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police declared an unlawful assembly Friday night and ordered protesters to leave, saying people were throwing things at officers. Anyone ignoring the order could face arrest or crowd control methods such as tear gas, police said. Police have been targeted with “paint bombs and other projectiles,” according to authorities. Demonstrations, often violent, have happened nightly in Oregon’s biggest city for more than two months following the killing of George Floyd. Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis after a white officer pressed a knee to his neck. Wednesday night and early Thursday morning authorities say protesters set a fire and exploded commercial grade fireworks outside the downtown federal courthouse. Several officers were...
    State police are leaving the city of Portland two weeks after they had been dispatched to defend a federal courthouse, which has been a target of protests and vandalism. They are “continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority,” Capt. Timothy R. Fox told television stations, according to the Associated Press. “Last night was our last night in Portland.” President Trump sent federal law enforcement to the city to protect federal property in response to the protests, some of which have devolved into violence and destruction, dating back to the death of George Floyd...
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police are leaving Portland after a two-week task to assist defend a federal courthouse that’s been a goal of protesters throughout months of battle in Oregon’s largest metropolis. The state police are “frequently reassessing our assets and the wants of our associate businesses and at the moment we’re inclined to maneuver these assets again to counties the place prosecution of felony conduct continues to be a precedence,” Capt. Timothy R. Fox instructed tv stations. “Final night time was our final night time in Portland.” Nights of unrest that more and more focused the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse beforehand prompted President Donald Trump to dispatch U.S. brokers to protect the constructing in July, which...
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police are leaving Portland after a two-week assignment to help protect a federal courthouse that’s been a target of protesters during months of conflict in Oregon’s largest city. The state police are “continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority,” Capt. Timothy R. Fox told television stations. “Last night was our last night in Portland.” Nights of unrest that increasingly targeted the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse previously prompted President Donald Trump to dispatch U.S. agents to guard the building in July, which reinvigorated Black Lives Matter demonstrations and...
    Oregon State Police (OSP) ended its defense of a federal courthouse in downtown Portland, OR, on Thursday as part of a broader withdrawal of approximately 100 state police from the City of Roses. KOIN News, a Portland-based CBS affiliate, reported, “The Oregon State Police is ending its agreement to help Portland police protect the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, the scene of many of the protests over the past 76 nights.. … The reason they’re ending their agreement is because they are angry over new Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s decision not to prosecute most of those arrested.” “The Oregon State Police is continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined...
    The Oregon State Police (OSP) will no longer be safeguarding the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, located in downtown Portland, the site of frequent rioting, a police official announced Thursday. “At this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority,” OSP Capt. Timothy Fox said. PORTLAND MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING FIRE TO DOWNTOWN COURTHOUSE The notification follows District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s announcement that a portion of the more than 500 misdemeanor and felony charges brought against protests since May 29, will be dropped. The DA’s office noted that they do not have unlimited resources to handle the 74 straight nights of protests that accrued after...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters and police clashed in downtown Portland in a demonstration that lasted into the predawn hours of Thursday, with some in the crowd setting a fire and exploding commercial grade fireworks outside a federal courthouse that’s been a target in months of conflict for Oregon’s largest city. Officers used tear gas to break up the crowd of several hundred people who gathered near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, the neighboring Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby police precinct station. Protests have been held nightly in the city since the police killing of George Floyd in May, who died after a white officer pressed a knee to his neck Protesters hurled rocks, bottles and paint...
    Portland protesters and rioters returned to a federal courthouse late Wednesday into early Thursday morning, launching fireworks toward police, shining lasers into officers’ eyes and splashing at least one cop with paint, authorities said Thursday morning. Several hundreds of people in the Oregon city gathered near the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, the neighboring Multnomah County Justice Center and a nearby police precinct station after nights of demonstrations elsewhere, including a different precinct and the offices of Portland Police Association. The group set off commercial-grade fireworks in the direction of the fence protecting the courthouse shortly after 10:30 p.m. Police ordered them over the loudspeaker to “stop launching fireworks and starting fires,” according to a press release. PROUD BOYS MEMBER MAY FACE...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Washington County man on Wednesday filed a federal suit against the United States, alleging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unlawfully detained him outside the county courthouse in 2017. Isidro Andrade-Tafolla, who was with his wife, said agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement followed him out of the courthouse in Hillsboro after he attended a hearing in a driving under the influence of intoxicants case, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. He says as he walked to his truck, an unmarked minivan parked in front of it and agents did not give their identity as they demanded to know his. After more agents arrived, showing him a photo they said was of him, one said Andrade-Tafolla wasn’t...
    (Reuters) - Fireworks and fire were being set around the United States federal courthouse building in Portland by protesters late on Wednesday, the police said in a tweet, declaring the gathering a riot. Anti-racism protests in cities, including Portland, Oregon, have at times erupted into arson and violence, and federal officers sent into the Northwestern city have repeatedly clashed with crowds targeting the federal courthouse there. "We know there are people in the crowd who do not want violence or vandalism to occur but know there are some people in this crowd who are engaged in criminal activity," the police said. "To those outside of The Justice Center, this gathering has been declared a riot." The crowd that converged on...
    The Department of Homeland Security will keep its law enforcement personnel in place in Portland to protect federal properties, because it is not known where riots and crime will appear from night to night in the Oregon city, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said Tuesday.  "What we know about Portland is that they foster an environment that allows this type of violence to go on," Wolf said on Fox News "Fox and Friends." "We saw that for almost 60 days at the federal courthouse. That violence has now shifted to the left and the right of the courthouse. Its now focused on the Portland Police Department in different facilities that they have around the city." Wolf added that the activities...
    Not a single Department of Homeland Security law enforcement officer deployed to Portland has left the city in the 10 days since the Oregon governor announced their departure, two senior DHS officials told the Washington Examiner. None of the surged DHS agents and officers have left Portland as of Monday, the first official confirmed, adding that this included Customs and Border Protection, as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel. The same official said DHS does not plan to announce a withdrawal any time soon and that the 140 supplemental personnel who were sent to Portland in late June and early July will remain there until federal buildings are secure. A second DHS official confirmed the account, and...
    A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security claimed a federal courthouse would have been burned down if federal police had not been there to defend it from rioters. "If we had left, we all would have watched as a courthouse was taken over and burned to the ground," acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a webinar with the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank on Monday. CBP was one of the federal law enforcement agencies whose personnel were deployed to Oregon in late June and early July following physical attacks to the Hatfield federal courthouse downtown, which federal law states must be protected by DHS's Federal Protective Services officers. The FPS officers were unable to...
    Seth Meyers isn’t the only one telling the tallest of tales about Portland violence. The far-left talker insists 60-plus days of riots in the city are, all together now, “mostly peaceful.” Eh, it’s just some graffiti and “light property damage,” the highly paid NBC talent told his viewers earlier in the week. The latter evokes a tipped-over lamp, a shattered end table or framed art that fell to the ground and splintered. Want the truth? Here it is: For 2 months as rioters attacked federal officers & buildings in Portland, we called on local leaders to do their job & work with us to quell violence. Finally OR is stepping up. DHS surge forces will stay until we know our...
    Attorney General Willam Barr does not appear to be one to take allies for granted. Amid the toxic national climate of brazen left-wing mobs physically attacking police and other law enforcement officials night after night, Barr noticed something recently that warmed his heart. What did he see? While traveling in Virginia, the attorney general got an eyeful of folks standing in front of a police precinct and doing the exact opposite of what he's likely come to expect in recent months. Specifically, these folks actually were backing the blue, instead of attacking the blue. So Barr asked his FBI detail, "Can we make a quick U-turn?" And with that Barr...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY MARK HOSENBALL The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reviewing “a number” of complaints that its agents used excessive force against anti-racism protesters in Portland, Oregon, though so far no one has been disciplined, the department’s acting head said on Thursday. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs about the federal response to long-running protests in Portland, where state and city officials complained that the presence of federal officers inflamed protests. He did not say how many complaints were being reviewed or provide any specifics of what had been alleged. Largely...
    A large fence erected to protect the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, remains in place, but the city says it is illegal. The city of Portland is imposing a $500 fine on the federal government for every 15 minutes the fence stays in place, the Associated Press reported. The Oregonian reported that the fence was erected in the public’s right-of-way without a permit around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. As of noon on Wednesday, the fine climbed up to $584,000. “The fence is currently still in place,” Margaux Weeke, spokesperson for City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, said Tuesday. “I’d have to refer you to the federal government for their rationale as to why the fence is still obstructing our traveling...
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police and protesters in Portland, Oregon, have clashed for the second night in a row and the city’s police chief says the ongoing violence is harming the city’s image. The high-profile clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building. But the turmoil on the streets has continued miles away from the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, as demonstrators rallying to defund the local police force get into confrontations with officers late at night. Police respond by declaring the events riots — allowing...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police and protesters in Portland, Oregon, have clashed for the second night in a row and the city’s police chief says the ongoing violence is harming the city’s image. The high-profile clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building. But the turmoil on the streets has continued miles away from the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, as demonstrators rallying to defund the local police force get into confrontations with officers late at night. Police respond by declaring the events riots — allowing them to use tear gas...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It’s been nearly a week since federal officers withdrew from guarding Portland’s federal courthouse during nightly protests, but a large fence they installed is still there and city officials say it remains illegal. The city of Portland continues to impose a $500 fine every 15 minutes for the fence, which was erected in the public right-of-way without a permit around the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, according to the Oregonian/OregonLive. As of noon Wednesday, the fine hit $584,000. “The fence is currently still in place,” Margaux Weeke, spokesperson for City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, said Tuesday. “I’d have to refer you to the federal government for their rationale as to why the fence is still obstructing...
              Federal authorities this week charged a Nashville woman with vandalizing the Nashville Metro Courthouse in May. This, according to a press release that staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee published on their website. A criminal complaint charged Shelby Ligons, 22, with malicious destruction of property using fire or explosives, the press release said. “The criminal complaint alleges that on the afternoon of May 30, 2020, protesters gathered in downtown Nashville following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later in the evening, a number of persons gathered in front of the Nashville City Hall, also known as the Metro Courthouse. Using various tools, including crowbars and...
    Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that President Trump saved the city of Portland, Oregon. President Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to send in around 100 Federal Protective Service (FPS) agents to defend the federal courthouse that had been under siege for two months by violent anarchists who were intending to destroy the building. Miller, in an appearance on Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Tuesday evening, made the case that the Trump administration’s actions have officially quelled the violence of the “riotous mob” by stopping those rioters from setting off a chain reaction of events that would have led to more destruction beyond  the...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over. For the past several nights, Portland police have skirmished with protesters in other parts of city, far from the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, as residents rally around a call to defund the police force. Demonstrators are also mad at the use of tear gas by police multiple times over the summer to tamp down unrest. Early Wednesday, police declared a riot and made three arrests after saying demonstrators set fires,...
    Four teenagers have been charged with crimes related to sometimes-violent protests at the federal courthouse in Portland, according to Department of Justice announcements. The federal courthouse has been the subject of violent demonstrations since general protests began in May, according to Daily Caller reporters on the scene. The four teenagers face charges ranging from arson and assault to trespassing, according to the Justice Department. Four teenagers face federal charges ranging from arson to assault during recurring violent protests and clashes with law enforcement near the Portland federal courthouse. Protests at the courthouse began before President Donald Trump sent federal officers to the city, according to local media reports. More than two dozen people have been arrested in connection...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution that the nightly assaults on the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, required government intervention, because local law enforcement refused to quell the attacks on the building and the federal officers already stationed on the property. Graham asked Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli about the fate of the courthouse if additional officers had not been deployed. “If we’d done nothing, what would have happened to the courthouse, Mr. Cuccinelli, in Portland?” Graham asked.  “That courthouse wouldn’t be there in any functional ….” Cuccinelli said. “So I challenge anybody on the other side to say different,” Graham said, interrupting Cuccinelli and challenging...
    Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the remaining federal agents in Portland, Ore., would be transitioning away from the camouflage military-style uniforms they have been wearing. Cuccinelli, the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), testified in front of a Judiciary subcommittee along with several other officials and public figures at a hearing focused on the federal response to the Black Lives Matter protests that have dominated Portland's downtown area for the past couple months. “To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for...
    A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Portland after he allegedly pointed a realistic-looking fake gun at a crowd late Monday night -- just over a block from the federal courthouse where protesters have gathered for several weeks, police said Tuesday morning. The teen, whose name was not released, was spotted around 10 p.m. Monday “pointing a handgun at people” near Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Taylor Street, Portland Police said in a Tuesday press release. PORTLAND MAN, 18, CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING US MARSHAL DURING COURTHOUSE PROTEST The situation escalated as Oregon State Police tried to take him into custody, with a crowd forming around the officers. Police called for backup to handle crowd control, but the additional officers encountered an allegedly violent...
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night during a fight with a woman who took footage inside a city park that housed demonstrators for months, according to police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. inside the Lownsdale Square park across from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops said. After shooting photos and video at the park, the woman began arguing with protesters and stabbed one of them in her chest, police said. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter shows the victim and other protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Call the police!” a woman filming repeatedly says before urging the suspect to drop the knife. “I told you not to...
    An 18-year-old man in Portland has been charged with assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and willfully damaging government property after his explosive device allegedly blasted both of a deputy U.S. Marshal’s legs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon. Isaiah Jason Maza, Jr., removed plywood sheeting attached to the front of the building to protect its already damaged façade the morning on July 22, the attorney’s office said. After pulling back the plywood, authorities said, Maza tried to kick in the window and then punched it with a metal object and then with an alleged hammer. After the window was broken, Maza carried a cylindrical object and allegedly lit a fuse before putting it inside...
    An 18-year-old man in Portland has been charged with assaulting a federal officer with a harmful weapon and willfully damaging authorities property after his explosive gadget allegedly blasted each of a deputy U.S. Marshal’s legs, in response to the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace in Oregon. Isaiah Jason Maza, Jr., eliminated plywood sheeting connected to the entrance of the constructing to guard its already broken façade the morning on July 22, the lawyer’s workplace mentioned. After pulling again the plywood, authorities mentioned, Maza tried to kick within the window after which punched it with a metallic object after which with an alleged hammer. After the window was damaged, Maza carried a cylindrical object and allegedly lit a fuse earlier than...
    An 18-year-old man in Portland has been charged with assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and willfully damaging government property after his explosive device allegedly blasted both of a deputy U.S. Marshal’s legs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon. Isaiah Jason Maza, Jr., removed plywood sheeting attached to the front of the building to protect its already damaged façade the morning on July 22, the attorney’s office said. After pulling back the plywood, authorities said, Maza tried to kick in the window and then punched it with a metal object and then with an alleged hammer. After the window was broken, Maza carried a cylindrical object and allegedly lit a fuse before putting it inside the...
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night time throughout a battle with a girl who took footage inside a metropolis park that housed demonstrators for months, in accordance with police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. contained in the Lownsdale Sq. park throughout from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops stated. After capturing images and video on the park, the girl started arguing with protesters and stabbed considered one of them in her chest, police stated. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter reveals the sufferer and different protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Name the police!” a girl filming repeatedly says earlier than urging the suspect to drop the knife....
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night during a fight with a woman who took footage inside a city park that housed demonstrators for months, according to police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. inside the Lownsdale Square park across from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops said. After shooting photos and video at the park, the woman began arguing with protesters and stabbed one of them in her chest, police said. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter shows the victim and other protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Call the police!” a woman filming repeatedly says before urging the suspect to drop the knife. “I told you not to f–k...
    Sunday night brought some of the most peaceful protests Portland, Oregon, has seen in more than two months, but while law enforcement officials were left hopeful that major riots are now behind them, Portland’s demonstrators are reportedly left “frustrated” with the smaller turnout. The 67th day of demonstrations in Portland, most held outside of the city’s federal courthouse, drew just a few hundred protesters, according to Oregon Live, and few ran into trouble with local police — a far cry from just a week ago, when agents from an elite force of the Customs and Border Protection agency struggled to keep the unrest under control and preserve the courthouse from vandalism and arson. “By 10 p.m., about 400 people stood...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police reported another night of peaceful protests Sunday in downtown Portland, Oregon, with no interaction between officers and protesters. The relative calm outside a federal courthouse that’s become ground zero in clashes between demonstrators and federal agents had come after the U.S. government began drawing down its forces under a deal between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration. Sunday's demonstrations spilled out into the streets near Lownsdale Square park downtown causing traffic for several hours, but by midnight a majority of the crowd had left the area. Thursday and Friday’s protests, which attracted more than 1,000 people, were also peaceful. Saturday was slightly different. A group of about two hundred marched from Laurelhurst Park...
    (CNN)You knew this was coming.In a tweet heard around the world, US President Donald Trump has floated the idea of delaying November's election. It was the inevitable conclusion of his incessant lies that mail-in voting -- an attractive option amid a pandemic -- is prone to massive fraud.But World War II and the Civil War didn't stop voting, and the coronavirus crisis likely won't either. Trump has no power to set the dates for elections; the Constitution says that's up to Congress. And the swift rejection of the idea of a delayed election even by Trump's Republican allies did more to express the President's diminished power than to suggest an imminent authoritarian takeover.That doesn't mean Trump's tweet is not pernicious....
    Two protesters were arrested Saturday evening in Portland as demonstrators and law enforcement clashed for the first time in several days. The Associated Press reported that a confrontation between protesters and law enforcement occurred near a police precinct operated by Portland police and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Officers alleged they were struck with glass bottles and had laser pointers aimed in their direction. No officers were injured, including one who was struck with a canister of paint, according to the AP. Police reportedly declared an unlawful assembly just before 10:00 p.m. local time and ordered crowds to disperse. Across town a separate, peaceful demonstration hosted by the NAACP and attended by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkeley (D) was held outside the Mark O....
    Portland protesters were filmed burning Bibles and the American flag as protests continue in the city for more than two months. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz responded to a Friday video of people burning what was described as a “stack of Bibles” on Twitter Saturday, saying, “This is who they are.” This is who they are. https://t.co/02bNNnJuG4— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 1, 2020 The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also reacted to the footage, appearing to lay blame on the far-left antifa movement. "Now we move to the book burning phase," he wrote on Twitter. "I'm pretty sure ANTIFA doesn't actually stand for what they say it stands for. Maybe just remove the anti part of them name...
    A President Trump supporter identified her own grandson as the suspect behind throwing a makeshift bomb at a federal courthouse in Portland. Karla Fox, described as “a Trump-loving, 69-year-old woman” by the New York Post, said Saturday that she recognized her grandson in a video of the attack on the courthouse by a vest the suspect was wearing. “I bought the vest for him after he found one online after getting hit with rubber bullets the night before at the protest,” Fox told the New York Post. Fox had also posted a review of the vest online, which helped authorities track him down, saying, “I got this for my grandson who’s a protester downtown, he uses it...
    The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon’s largest city and threw bottles towards officers, police said. Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The demonstrations — that for weeks ended with tear gas, fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street and injuries to protesters and officers — have recently ended with chanting and conversations. Activists and Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night’s protest in Portland to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents. Groups gathered Saturday evening in...
    The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon's largest city and threw bottles towards officers, police said. Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The demonstrations - that for weeks ended with tear gas, fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street and injuries to protesters and officers - have recently ended with chanting and conversations. Activists and Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night's protest in Portland to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents. Groups gathered Saturday evening in...
    The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregons largest city and threw bottles towards officers, police said. Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The demonstrations — that for weeks ended with tear gas, fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street and injuries to protesters and officers — have recently ended with chanting and conversations. Activists and Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night’s protest in Portland to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents. Groups gathered Saturday evening in...
    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...
    Activists and Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night’s protest in Portland to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents in Oregon. The nightly protests — that for weeks had ended with tear gas, fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street and injuries to protesters and officers — have recently ended with chanting and conversations. Federal, state and local law enforcement have been seemingly absent from the events Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Groups gathered Saturday evening in various areas around downtown Portland to listen to speakers and prepare to march to the Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. One of the...
    Rioters in Portland were caught on camera putting bibles and an American flag into a fire outside of the federal courthouse, which has been a focal point in the protests that have been ongoing for more than a month and a half, numerous sources reported.  Peaceful protests during the day reportedly transitioned into fires being set Friday night, largely without the presence of police or federal officers, according to KOIN.  A Ruptly video shows someone with a “Black Lives Matter” sign beside them adding objects to a fire, where a Bible is seen amid the flames.  This is who they are. https://t.co/02bNNnJuG4 — Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 1, 2020 What appears to be a separate bible is seen charred...
    Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker defended federal agents on Saturday by pushing back on the idea that their presence inflamed the unrest in Portland, Ore. He was speaking with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, who said federal agents' presence was "only a more recent appearance." "I mean, as I said, we've had 64 nights of protests in Portland. The arrival of federal forces, agents, whatever you want to call them, was only in the last week or two, so is that a fair criticism?" Cavuto asked. "I don't think it was a fair criticism," Whitaker responded. "I think you had some violent extremists that were agitating the law enforcement that were trying to protect this courthouse. Let’s remember, this is a courthouse that we all paid for as...
    Protesters burned an American flag and a Bible in Portland, Oregon, sparking outrage just as weeks of violent demonstrations seemed to be coming to a close. For more than 60 days, Black Lives Matters demonstrators, including a “Wall of Moms” and a “Wall of Vets,” have clashed with federal agents in the city, drawing national attention as authorities blasted marchers with tear gas and the civilians at times responded with weapons of their own — such as feces, bleach, bricks or batteries. Friday night’s demonstrations were largely peaceful, appearing to mark a break from the chaos as federal agents made a recent deal to allow local authorities to handle the protests. But just after midnight, marchers were caught on video...
    A performer, left, raps as a man dances during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — 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...
    Shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning, videos captured the moment a makeshift bomb was thrown at the Portland federal courthouse during another night of violent protest. A Trump-loving, 69-year-old woman soon stepped forward to out the suspect publicly — as her own grandson. Karla Fox says she recognized the alleged bomber as her daughter’s son, 18-year-old Gabriel “Rico” Agard-Berryhill. In the hours after the IED attack, social-media users analyzed videos showing a slim male, wearing a distinctive olive vest with the word “ICONS” printed on it, throwing something over the fence at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. Seconds later, a large explosion erupts, covering the front door in flames. The man picks up something off the ground and sprints off-camera....
    Portland protests remained peaceful Friday night as over a thousand demonstrators gathered in front of downtown's courthouse, just days after federal officers withdrew from the city. Usually a hotspot for violent clashes with law enforcement, demonstraters instead congregated outside of Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Oregon, with balloons, flags, and painted signs chanting "Black Lives Matter." PORTLAND MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING FIRE TO DOWNTOWN COURTHOUSE A demonstrator raises her fist while listening to a speech during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Ore. After days of clashes with federal police, the crowd outside of the federal courthouse remained peaceful Thursday night.  (AP) The scene...
    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...
    Left-wing activists rioted in Portland on Friday night where they burned Bibles, set fires in the street, and tore protective boarding off of buildings. The riots had cooled off on Thursday night as “federal and state officers located inside the courthouse were not forced to leave the building during the course of the night,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement. On Friday night, rioters burned American flags and bibles in the streets outside the federal Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in Portland. WATCH: Left-wing activists bring a stack of Bibles to burn in front of the federal courthouse in Portland. pic.twitter.com/lYWY0x8n8P — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 1, 2020 More flag burning at the antifa/ BLM...
    A TEEN has been charged with an arson attack on a Portland Federal Courthouse during on-going protests in the city. Cops identified Gabriel Agard-Berryhill, 18, after his grandma boasted she’d bought a distinctive green protective vest for him in a product review on Twitter. 5The distinctive green protective vest worn by Agard-Berryhill   Agard-Berryhill appeared in a federal court on Friday and accused of lighting and throwing a large firework over the fence at the front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. Portland has been the site of violent clashes between protesters and cops for several weeks with the courthouse a flash point. In early July, the Trump administration sent federal agents to the Oregon city as apart of...
    By SARA CLINE and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds peacefully protested in downtown Portland Friday, two 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. The start of Friday night's 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...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds peacefully protested in downtown Portland Friday, two 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. The start of Friday night’s 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...
    Portland, Oregon, had its first day without tear gas in weeks after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that had become a battleground for agitators and tactical units. Agents withdrew under a deal between Oregons governor and U.S. officials to end a deployment that saw escalating violence and a clash between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic mayors over the use of federal force in their cities. Some people again tried to light fires at the courthouse on Friday but other protesters put them out, as a few hundred people demonstrated until around 3 a.m., Portland police said in a statement, adding that there were no arrests. On previous nights, federal agents fired tear gas and other...
    PORTLAND, ORE. - Portland had its first night in weeks without tear gas after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that has been the focal point of violence between protesters and tactical officers. 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. A few hundred people demonstrated outside the federal courthouse until around 2 a.m. when they left of their own accord, according to a Reuters reporter. On previous nights they were dispersed by federal agents shooting tear gas and other munitions at "pure-on anarchists" firing commercial-grade fireworks,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY DEBORAH BLOOM A small group of Black teenage girls carrying megaphones stood in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Portland near midnight on Thursday facing a largely white band of protesters. “I’m done with y’all focusing on all these white folk,” said 17-year-old Erandi, who asked to be identified only by her first name. “This is a Black Lives Matter movement.” And as it happened, Portland had its first night in weeks without tear gas after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that has been the focal point of violence between protesters and those agents....
    By Deborah Bloom | Reuters PORTLAND – Portland had its first night in weeks without tear gas after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that has been the focal point of violence between protesters and tactical officers. 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. A few hundred people demonstrated outside the federal courthouse until around 2 a.m. when they left of their own accord, according to a Reuters reporter. On previous nights they were dispersed by federal agents shooting tear gas and other munitions at...
    PORTLAND, ORE. - Portland had its first night in weeks without tear gas after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that has been the focal point of violence between protesters and tactical officers. 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. A few hundred people demonstrated outside the federal courthouse until around 2 a.m. when they left of their own accord, according to a Reuters reporter. On previous nights they were dispersed by federal agents shooting tear gas and other munitions at "pure-on anarchists" firing commercial-grade fireworks,...
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS and ANDREW SELSKY PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Leaders in Portland, Oregon, caught their breath and moved forward with cautious optimism Friday after the first nightly protest in weeks ended without any major confrontations, violence or arrests. The dramatic 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 under a deal between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration. 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. There were no signs of any law enforcement presence...
    Slightly Offens*ve host Elijah Schaffer interviewed a protester who alleged that federal officers shot at him for just peacefully protesting and supporting Black Lives Matter. What the protester did not know, Elijah caught him on camera earlier that evening, allegedly setting a fire outside a federal courthouse in Portland. In this clip, the protester and his girlfriend claimed that federal officers shot him six times with beanbags while he was peacefully protesting. "What were you doing at the time [the feds] shot you?" Elijah asked. "At the time, what I was doing was banging on the fence and chanting, 'Black Lives Matter. All cops are bastards,'" the protester replied. Appearing to embrace the victim's role, the protester...
    As some federal forces withdraw from Portland, more than 130 other federal officers will stay behind near the federal courthouse there to act as a “quick reaction force," The Washington Post reported Friday, citing an internal government document. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) had signaled earlier this week that some federal officers would withdraw from the city after she reached an agreement with the Trump administration. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document obtained by The Post reportedly details the department's next move. According to the document, more than 150 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel are in the metropolitan area. That includes 110 Border Patrol agents, over 30 personnel from Special Response Teams and over a half-dozen air support specialists. Members of...
    The first night of Black Lives Matter protests in Portland since federal officers agreed to leave the city appeared to be peaceful, according to local reporters on the ground. Gov. Kate Brown, who said the presence of federal agencies in the city had caused more violence and agitation, struck a deal Wednesday to allow state police to take over the job of guarding federal buildings, including the federal courthouse that has been the scene of nightly clashes. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that federal officers weren’t visible on Thursday night, the 64th day of demonstrations. The group of about 2,000 protesters was peaceful. A handful of state troopers were inside the courthouse but didn’t come outside. “The lack of confrontation was...
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The first nightly protest in downtown Portland after a deal was struck for the withdrawal of federal agents guarding a courthouse was largely peaceful and ended Friday without any major confrontations between state police and demonstrators. The scene outside the federal courthouse that started with yet another demonstration Thursday night stood in sharp contrast to the two weeks of violent clashes between the protesters and the agents sent by President Donald Trump to quell the unrest in Oregon’s largest city. State and local officers stepped up their presence as part of the deal between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration to draw down the number of U.S. agents at the demonstrations...
    Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf blasted Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler’s comments that the deployment of federal agents is escalating tensions during protests in the city. Wolf made his remarks during a Friday interview on television’s “Fox & Friends.” “He’s putting politics over public safety,” he said of Wheeler. “The violent criminal activity that the mayor, again, is not telling you the truth about occurs between midnight and 5 a.m. every morning and it is violent criminals and other violent opportunists attacking that courthouse and that’s what we’re concerned about,” he said. Wheeler, who was tear-gassed outside the federal courthouse in Portland, told The New York Times the incident was an “egregious overreaction” by federal officers. "This is not...
    Oregon State Police have taken over the role of guarding a courthouse in Portland after more than 60 nights of protests that at times turned into violent riots, and increasingly targeted the federal building. Stepping up state and local officers' presence was part of a deal between the Democratic governor and the Trump administration that aimed to draw down the number of U.S. agents during the unrest. Protests recently turned violent as local authorities tried to tamp down demonstrations that wracked the city every night for more than two months following the killing of George Floyd. A demonstrator waves a U.S. flag in front of federal officers after tear gas is deployed during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield...
    Portland Police have been paid more than $5.3 million in overtime during the ongoing protests and riots against police brutality, which have rocked the city for more than 60 consecutive nights since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Portland Police Bureau’s overtime through July 22 cost taxpayers $5,351,383, KPTV-FOX 12 Oregon reported, and officers have garnered a collective compensation time costing roughly $1.2 million, both of which are on top of officers’ regular salaries. July 22 was the last day of the department’s most recent pay period. On Thursday, members from Oregon State Police replaced the federal agents who moved out of Portland’s downtown area, where they had been guarding the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Federal Courthouse and...
    Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday called "completely inaccurate" the Portland mayor’s comments that the deployment of federal agents is escalating tensions during the protests. “He is putting politics over public safety,” Wolf told "Fox & Friends." Wolf said that federal agents know about the “non-violent peaceful protests occurring in Portland around the courthouse every day.” “The violent criminal activity that the mayor, again, is not telling you the truth about occurs between midnight and 5 AM every morning and it is violent criminals and other violent opportunists attacking that courthouse and that’s what we’re concerned about,” Wolf said. PORTLAND BANS POLICE FROM WORKING WITH FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT  A riot was declared in Portland just after midnight Thursday morning after Mayor Ted Wheeler’s tense visit...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon police took over protecting a federal courthouse in Portland that’s been a target of violent protests as local authorities try to tamp down demonstrations that have wracked the city every night for more than two months following the killing of George Floyd. Having state and local officers step up their presence was part of a deal between the Democratic governor and the Trump administration that aimed to draw down the number of U.S. agents on hand during the unrest. Portland police cleared out a park Thursday morning across from the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse that demonstrators have used as a staging ground but reopened the park shortly before dark. By 10:30 p.m., hundreds of...
    President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the National Guard into Portland, Oregon, to quell the nightly riots that have consumed the city’s federal courthouse and prompted clashes between left-wing extremists and the law enforcement officers tasked with protecting federal property. During a press conference at the White House, Trump said that federal agents will remain in Portland under an agreement with the governor in order to monitor whether the state is capable of restoring peace in the city. “And if they don’t do it, we will send in the National Guard and we’ll take care of it,” said Trump, also adding that “many should be arrested because these are professional agitators — these are professional anarchists.” “These are people...
    Fox News reporter William La Jeunesse visited Portland, Oregon, to cover the ongoing violent riots. What he saw during his 12-hour visit, stationed with federal agents at Portland's federal courthouse, highly disturbed him. What are the details? La Jeunesse discussed the conditions during Thursday's "Fox News Rundown" podcast. La Jeunesse told host Dave Anthony that the environment inside the courthouse is "pretty crazy." The protests begin about 9 p.m. and remain peaceful until about midnight. "You're inside of a building that is pitch black," he recalled. "They keep the lights off so people aren't silhouetted, so they can't be targeted by the people outside." He revealed that he was told to put on a gas mask...
    A 32-year-old man is being held in connection with setting a fire inside Portland, Oregon’s, Justice Center during a May 29 riot that began as a Black Lives Matter protest. The suspect, authorities say, was identified after investigators spotted a very distinct back tattoo: the man’s last name. “Thomas Schinzing faces a federal charge of using fire to maliciously damage or destroy the city and county-owned building,” Fox News reports. “The facility houses the Portland Police Bureau headquarters and the Multnomah County Detention Center, which held 289 inmates at the time of the May 29 incident.” Schinzing has his last name tattooed across his back shoulder blades and that tattoo was clearly visible to authorities in a series of videos...
    Portland police recovered a sledge hammer, body armor and a fuel canister while clearing two parks near the site of ongoing protests in the city Thursday morning. Chapman and Lownsdale squares were shut down as part of a plan announced Wednesday to withdraw federal troops from the Oregon city in phases, according to Mayor Ted Wheeler. The parks, which sit across the street from the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, had served as the home base for protesters during the more than two months of rallies. Cops posted photos of the recovered goods after tweeting that the parks had “safely been cleared” with no arrests. “A sledge hammer, improvised weapons, leaf blowers, helmets, chest and leg armor, and fuel canister...
    The Department of Homeland Security is pulling most of its officers out of Portland, Oregon, but the agency's chief said they may return if Oregon leaders fail to ensure that state police can secure federal government properties in the city. “We're gonna have to wait and see on that,” acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham late Wednesday when asked if he had faith in Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown. He emphasized that some officers remain. “We will remain there," Wolf said. "We will protect that courthouse. That is our responsibility, and that is our duty.” DHS and Oregon officials announced separately on Wednesday that they had reached an agreement on the extent...
    Federal law enforcement tear-gassed rioters swarming a courthouse fence in Portland on Wednesday in the 62nd consecutive night of unrest in the liberal city, as tensions remain high despite a tentative agreement between Oregon officials and the Trump administration for the feds to pull back. Law enforcement deployed multiple volleys of gas and made arrests during protests in the city’s downtown, according to KOIN. They fired canisters and other crowd control munitions after police warned rioters to leave the fence surrounding the federal Hatfield Courthouse alone. FEDERAL AGENTS TO BEGIN LEAVING PORTLAND'S DOWNTOWN: DHS, OREGON GOVERNOR  The outlet reported that demonstrators climbed the fence, and the crowd kept going even after officers fired tear gas and stun grenades. It suggests that...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration and Oregon leaders declared victory after it was announced that U.S. agents guarding a federal courthouse during violent demonstrations in Portland will pull back, but it wasn’t clear the agreement will reduce tensions that have led to more than two months of protests. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin leaving the city’s downtown area on Thursday, but Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf wouldn’t specify where they would go. He insisted a federal presence would remain in Portland until the Trump administration was assured the agreement was working and the Oregon State Police was sufficiently...
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Trump administration and Oregon leaders declared victory after it was announced that U.S. agents guarding a federal courthouse during violent demonstrations in Portland will pull back, but it wasn't clear the agreement will reduce tensions that have led to more than two months of protests.Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin leaving the city's downtown area on Thursday, but Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf wouldn't specify where they would go.He insisted a federal presence would remain in Portland until the Trump administration was assured the agreement was working and the Oregon State Police was sufficiently protecting federal property.Many...
    Reuters July 30, 2020 0 Comments Oregon’s governor on Wednesday said federal tactical police had agreed to withdraw from Portland, though U.S. officials said agents would stay until conditions improved after weeks of clashes with protesters. Governor Kate Brown said Vice President Mike Pence agreed to a “phased” end to the deployment that has sparked a standoff between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic mayors over the use of federal police in their cities. Under the plan, all Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents protecting a federal courthouse will start to leave downtown Portland on Thursday, Brown said in a statement. The head of U.S. Homeland Security said agents would stay near the...
    Washington — The Trump administration and Oregon's governor have agreed to begin withdrawing federal agents from downtown Portland following nightly violent clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators, the governor said Wednesday. But the White House and Department of Homeland Security said federal law enforcement will leave the city once attacks on the federal courthouse there — which officers were sent to protect — have stopped. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, said the removal of federal law enforcement from the Department of Homeland Security comes after discussions with Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials. "After my repeated requests, the federal government has agreed to a phased withdrawal of federal officers that have been deployed to the Mark...
    Andrew Duncomb, a Black conservative journalist, said he was stabbed during a recent protest in Portland after word leaked out that he was going to be there and he confronted a person he said was stalking him, a report said. “I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist," Duncomb, who goes by 'Black Rebel' on Twitter, told the Oregonian newspaper. Portland has seen 62 consecutive nights of protests and demonstrations stemming from the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Duncomb told the paper that he was there to document the scene on the ground and prove that it was not  “the feds creating the problems.” He was there with some friends on Saturday at around 2 a.m. when he said he...
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS and MIKE BALSAMO, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration and Oregon leaders declared victory after it was announced that U.S. agents guarding a federal courthouse during violent demonstrations in Portland will pull back, but it wasn't clear the agreement will reduce tensions that have led to more than two months of protests. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin leaving the city’s downtown area on Thursday, but Acting Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf wouldn’t specify where they would go. He insisted a federal presence would remain in Portland until the Trump administration was assured the agreement was...
            by Gillian Flaccus and Jonathan Lemire  PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Federal agents who have clashed with protesters in Portland, Oregon, will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement the plan negotiated with Brown over the last 24 hours includes a “robust presence” of Oregon State Police in the downtown of the state’s largest city. Federal officers advance on retreating demonstrators after an illegal assembly was declared during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) “State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties...
    Federal law enforcement agents will not be leaving Portland until the U.S. courthouse there is “safe and secure,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said late Wednesday, seemingly contradicting a statement by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown earlier in the day about a “phased withdrawal” of federal officers. "We will continue to keep law enforcement officers in the area to make sure that that courthouse is secure at the end of the day," Wolf said on Fox News’ “Bill Hemmer Reports.” "Over time, if the Oregon State Police and the plan that has been put in place is successful, and we can responsibly draw down law enforcement assets there, then we will." The statement appeared at odds with Brown, who posted to Twitter that “all” federal agents will leave downtown...
    By Gage JacksonJuly 29, 2020 The U.N.’s human rights commissioner said governments are obligated to facilitate peaceful protests. As thousands continue to protest over racial injustice across the U.S., the United Nations is weighing in on how authorities are handling the situation. The U.N.’s human rights office called on law enforcement and governments to limit use of force tactics on protesters, saying it is their obligation to facilitate peaceful demonstrations. The office said states are required to allow peaceful protests and can’t obstruct them “without compelling justification.” It also said authorities should minimize use of force when deescalating potentially violent situations. It also laid out international standards on government response to protests, which speaks to the ongoing clashes in Portland, Oregon. Protests...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents who have been guarding the U.S. courthouse during violent protests in downtown Portland, Oregon, will begin withdrawing in the next 24 hours, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday, though Trump administration officials said some would remain in the building and the entire contingent would stay in the city on standby. While each side declared victory in the political fight that the deployment touched off, it was not clear if the complex agreement would reduce tensions on the streets of Portland, where protests have been staged nightly for more than two months. Many demonstrators are peaceful, but smaller numbers have thrown fireworks, flares, rocks and ball bearing at federal agents, used green lasers to blind them...
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Wednesday that federal agents will not leave the city of Portland, Ore. until a federal courthouse that has been repeatedly attacked by rioters is "safe and secure." "We will continue to keep law enforcement officers in the area to make sure that that courthouse is secure at the end of the day," Wolf told host Bill Hemmer. FEDERAL AGENTS TO BEGIN LEAVING PORTLAND'S DOWNTOWN: DHS, OREGON GOVERNOR Earlier Wednesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that federal agents would begin a "phased withdrawal" from Portland Thursday. Wolf said that he and the governor had agreed on a plan to end "the violent activity in Portland directed at federal properties and law enforcement officers" that called for "the...
    An immediate withdrawal of federal forces in Portland, Oregon appeared unlikely Wednesday even after Gov. Kate Brown, who called the officers “an occupying force,” said they would leave the city on Thursday. In a statement, Brown said that federal agents will begin leaving the city if certain conditions are met and that local and state police would take over protection of the outside of federal buildings in downtown Portland. Federal agents will mostly remain inside, she said, though there will be some forces remaining outside. “The local Oregon officers of the Oregon State Police will provide protection for free speech and the security of the exterior of the courthouse with the Federal Protective Service,” said Brown. “A limited contingent of federal officials,...