Aside from being hourly charged that the fence around the Portland federal building blocks the street ($192,000 at last count), federal forces will be withdrawn beginning Thursday.
“We’re not leaving until they secure their city … if they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice — we’re gonna have to go in and clean it out.”
Federal officers will start pulling out of Portland on Thursday in a phased approach and state troopers will arrive instead to back up officers from the Federal Protective Service to safeguard the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown announced.
Brown called the federal officers “an occupying force” that has “refused accountability and brought strife to our community,” in a statement Wednesday.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf, in a separate announcement, said he had been in talks with the governor in the last day and agreed to a “joint plan to end the violent activity in Portland directed at federal properties and law enforcement.”
The development comes as the city marks the 62nd day of consecutive demonstrations since the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand police reforms and decry police brutality and systemic racism. Much of the demonstrations had focused on the Justice Center until early July when protesters turned their attention to the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, where President Donald Trump had sent up to 114 federal officers from the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to bolster Federal Protective Service workers.
"Trump's use of federal agencies to turn our country into a police state is not only unconstitutional. It is straight out of the playbook of the fascist leaders he admires and emulates, and it poses an existential threat to our democracy."https://t.co/JKCdBqAfQ4
— Common Dreams (@commondreams) July 29, 2020
The president saying people living in the suburbs won’t have to be bothered with low income neighbors. https://t.co/oWgeNgU4ry
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 29, 2020
Not the 'Heals Act' But the 'Heels Act': GOP Covid-19 Plan Puts Corporate Greed Before Human Need | By Thom Hartmann https://t.co/fuguZrlzqf
— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) July 29, 2020
A second wave of hydroxychloroquine promotion on Fox News. pic.twitter.com/uOjyuCcqFy
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) July 29, 2020
Promoting an Ohio HVAC company
One more on the "new tone for Trump" pattern (which I do think is important.) It is especially striking to find the same journalist discovering a new tone again and again. Among recidivists, @DanaBashCNN has a special place. Watch @ParkerMolloy's clip: pic.twitter.com/88oCHw3N1B
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) July 29, 2020
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 29, 2020
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