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US Portland protests: Homeland Security and Oregon reach deal to begin withdrawing federal agents from city

20:11  29 july  2020
20:11  29 july  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Federal agents in unmarked cars, 'wall of moms': Here's what's happening in Portland

  Federal agents in unmarked cars, 'wall of moms': Here's what's happening in Portland Weeks of protest and the presence of federal agents in Portland have brought the national spotlight on the Oregon city amid calls for racial justice.The city has seen nightly protests for nearly two months following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was a Black man who died as a white police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck, and his death sparked a national movement and protests to address systemic racism.

The Trump administration has reached an agreement with Oregon's Democratic governor to withdraw federal officers from downtown Portland, though the Department of Homeland Security says it will maintain a presence in the city for the time being.

a group of people walking down the street: A demonstrator flashes a peace sign at federal officers 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) © Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP A demonstrator flashes a peace sign at federal officers 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)

The decision to send federal agents into Portland earlier this month escalated tensions in the city, which has seen prolonged and at times violent protests for the past two months over demands for racial justice and police accountability. President Donald Trump and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf have said the federal officers were there to protect a federal courthouse in the city's downtown that has been a focal point for protesters, but the officers have also clashed with demonstrators.

Navy veteran beaten and pepper-sprayed by federal agents at protest in Portland

  Navy veteran beaten and pepper-sprayed by federal agents at protest in Portland In a video, federal agents are seen beating Navy vet Christopher David with a baton and then pepper-spraying his face during protests in Portland.Although protests in Portland have been going on for weeks, Christopher David, 53, told the Associated Press he decided to join the protest for the first time Saturday night because he was disturbed by reports of federal officers in unmarked cars arresting people without explanation.

Wolf said late Wednesday morning that Oregon State Police "will coordinate" with federal authorities to ensure the protection of federal facilities, such as the courthouse, but also said DHS "will continue to maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other deferral properties will no longer be attacked."

That's in contrast to an announcement by Gov. Kate Brown, who tweeted, "The federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland. They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence. Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland."

CNN has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for an update on agency personnel in Portland.

Trump has repeatedly pointed to Portland and other cities experiencing protests as evidence that Democratic officials are unable to maintain order, and has prominently featured images of clashes in his reelection campaign.

"We have the courthouse very well secure," Trump told reporters at the White House Wednesday morning. "We're not leaving until they secure their city."

This story is breaking and will be updated.

Homeland Security gathered intelligence on journalists covering Portland protests .
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf ordered an investigation into agency's intelligence unit which assembled reports on journalists in Portland.The reports focused on the reporters' use of leaked information about the agency's operations in Portland where the federal deployment was denounced by local leaders and where officers had clashed nightly with protesters.

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