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US Trump to send more than 100 federal agents to Portland, report says

22:08  27 july  2020
22:08  27 july  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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The Trump administration is sending more federal agents to Portland, Ore., in a bid to increase its presence against growing groups of protesters and nightly lawlessness.

a group of people standing in front of a large crowd of people: William La Jeunesse has an update after another night of unrest in Portland, Oregon. © Provided by FOX News William La Jeunesse has an update after another night of unrest in Portland, Oregon.

The U.S. Marshals Service will send 100 deputy U.S. Marshals to Portland, according to an internal Marshals email reviewed by The Washington Post.

The first batch of men and women began arriving Thursday night.

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The Department of Homeland Security is also considering sending in 50 U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to the city, though a final decision has not yet been made, the paper reported, citing senior administrative officials.

The move to send in additional agents would mark a significant expansion of the federal forces currently deployed to Portland. As of mid-July, there were only 114 federal agents.

The largely liberal city has seen weeks of protests over police brutality and systemic racism with no end in sight. There have been nightly protests, some of which have escalated into riots, for two straight months following the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody.

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  Justice Inspector General Horowitz opens probe into federal agents' actions in Portland and DC protests President Donald Trump has threatened to use federal resources to quell unrest in cities since demonstrations against police brutality began.The probe was started in response to a referral from the U.S. Attorney in Oregon, Billy Williams, according to a statement from DOJ Office of the Inspector General Spokeswoman Stephanie Logan. The office also had received public complaints and congressional requests for an investigation.

President Trump repeatedly has said he sent federal agents to Portland to stop the unrest but state and local officials say he's only making a bad situation worse.

The Trump administration has pledged to defeat the "violent anarchists" who claim they are trying to burn down the federal courthouse building.

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Confrontations between heavily-armed federal agents and activists have intensified in recent weeks.

Late Sunday, there was a reported shooting in Portland. There was also a bag found with loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails, which led to an intense Monday morning confrontation between demonstrators and law enforcement.

U.S. agents repeatedly fired what appeared the to be tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls before dawn to clear a crowd outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse.

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Some demonstrators had climbed over the fence surrounding the courthouse while others set off fireworks and banged on the fence.

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Portland isn't the only city where civil unrest has broken out.

Over the weekend, rioters set fire to an Oakland, Calif., courthouse. In Richmond, Va., vehicles were set on fire. In Austin, Texas, an armed protester was shot and killed. Others were shot and wounded in Aurora, Colo., after a car drove through a protest there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans support protests against racial injustice .
The poll found that 65% of U.S. adults support the protests, and 53% said the protests "will help" public support for equality and racial justice.The nationwide protests were sparked by the killing of George Floyd, a Black man whose neck was pinned under the knee of a white police officer for nearly nine minutes in May.

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