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US Oregon governor says feds to leave Portland, but feds say they're staying

20:12  29 july  2020
20:12  29 july  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Trump, after Portland deal, says feds won't leave 'until there is safety'

  Trump, after Portland deal, says feds won't leave 'until there is safety' Trump, after Portland deal, says feds won't leave 'until there is safety'"Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon, isn’t doing her job. She must clear out, and in some cases arrest, the Anarchists & Agitators in Portland. If she can’t do it, the Federal Government will do it for her. We will not be leaving until there is safety!" Trump tweeted.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday that the federal government had agreed to withdraw its law enforcement officers from Portland, where violent protests have persisted for weeks — but the Department of Homeland Security indicated it would keep its officers on the ground for the time being.

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The dueling statements mark yet another twist in the increasingly fractious communications between local and federal officials about the violence in Portland.

Oregon governor says federal officers are leaving Portland

  Oregon governor says federal officers are leaving Portland Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced Wednesday that the Trump administration has agreed to withdraw federal tactical teams from Portland, Ore., which for weeks has been the site of violent clashes between officers and protesters.Brown said in a statement that an agreement for federal agents to leave the city was reached following a discussion with Vice President Pence. She said that officers from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin their withdrawal on Thursday."These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community," Brown said.

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, Brown said that the Trump administration had “agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland,” starting Thursday, and that security of downtown would be left to “our local Oregon State Police officers.”

But in a statement issued around the same time, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said that his department “will continue to maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure.”

Rand Paul: 'No place' for feds 'rounding people up at will' in Portland

  Rand Paul: 'No place' for feds 'rounding people up at will' in Portland Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday spoke out against federal officers "rounding people up at will" in Portland, Ore., saying the handling of unrest there should be left to local law enforcement."We cannot give up liberty for security. Local law enforcement can and should be handling these situations in our cities but there is no place for federal troops or unidentified federal agents rounding people up at will," Paul tweeted Monday.The senator linked to a post on the conservative blog HotAir about reports of protesters in Portland being detained by officers in unmarked vans.

“The Department will continue to re-evaluate our security posture in Portland, and should circumstances on the ground significantly improve due to the influx of state and local law enforcement, we anticipate the ability to change our force posture,” Wolf added.

At the same time, Wolf also said in the statement that he and Brown had agreed to a plan to end the violence in Portland that “includes a robust presence of Oregon State Police in downtown Portland.”

Protests in Portland have been going on for two months, but the situation intensified when federal agents — from the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Marshals Service — were deployed to the city beginning the weekend of July 4.

Trump Brags About Siccing 75K ‘Tough’ Feds on Cities Like Chicago

  Trump Brags About Siccing 75K ‘Tough’ Feds on Cities Like Chicago President Donald Trump openly mused on Thursday night about sending tens of thousands of federal agents into major U.S. cities seeing unrest, claiming he could “solve these problems so fast” if those cities just “invited” the 75,000 “tough” feds he supposedly has ready to go. Trump, who recently announced a “surge” of hundreds of FBI and Justice Department personnel into Chicago to ostensibly combat violent crime, mused openly about his recent “law and order” push with Fox News host and close confidant Sean Hannity.

Since then, agents have used tear gas, pepper spray and shot “less lethal” munitions, at times indiscriminately, into crowds. The city saw its largest turnout of the protests this past weekend, around 5,000 people gathered in front of and around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, which has been heavily guarded by federal agents.

As of Wednesday, at least 114 federal officers were known to be in the city per a court filing by the government.

The Trump administration deployed the unsolicited federal response to the city to counter demonstrations and protests decrying police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

The Trump administration deployed the unsolicited federal response to the city to counter demonstrations and protests decrying police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

The agents, many wearing dark patches making them difficult to identify which agency they were with, were accused of overly abusive action against the demonstrators, according to a lawsuit several nonprofit organizations, including Protect Democracy, Don't Shoot Portland and Wall of Moms, filed on behalf of protesters Monday.

Trump threatens Portland after agreement on federal police withdrawal with National Guard

 Trump threatens Portland after agreement on federal police withdrawal with National Guard © Kathryn ELSESSER After the announced withdrawal of federal police officers from Portland, US President Donald Trump has threatened the West Coast city with a deployment of the National Guard. After the announced withdrawal of federal police officers from Portland, US President Donald Trump has threatened the West Coast city with the deployment of the National Guard.

The presence of federal agents has been heavily criticized not only by the protesters but also by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has repeatedly asked Trump to remove them.


Video: Mayors call on Congress to investigate use of federal officers in Portland (NBC News)

Militarized Federal Agents to Begin Withdrawal From Portland .
After weeks of highly publicized clashes with demonstrators, DHS agents and U.S. Marshals in Portland will begin a “phased withdrawal.”Trump, apparently, had not told the governor: Hours later, Oregon’s Kate Brown announced that the militarized officials will begin a “phased withdrawal” after weeks of highly publicized clashes with demonstrators. According to the agreement between the governor and DHS, Oregon State Police will now provide security outside Portland’s federal courthouse, where the agents were placed after Trump issued an executive order in late June to use federal law enforcement to protect federal property.

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