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US Portland protests: Trump threatens to send federal forces back into the city

01:15  02 september  2020
01:15  02 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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President Donald Trump has threatened to send more federal law enforcement officers to major US cities to control ongoing protests . Mr Trump also praised the controversial federal law enforcement efforts in Portland . The city has seen protests against police brutality since George Floyd's death in

The protests continued in Portland on Sunday as the city neared its 60th straight day of demonstrations. The gathering remained peaceful. Some cities had welcomed Mr. Trump ’s offer to send additional federal law enforcement agents in to help combat escalating gang violence and drug

As Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's plan to increase law enforcement in Portland faced criticism, President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to send federal forces back into the city, a day after he defended his supporters' actions during a caravan that preceded the fatal shooting of a supporter of a right-wing group.

"We're ready, willing and able to send in, you know, a massive group of people that are really highly trained," Trump said in a meeting with law enforcement officers and Attorney General William Barr in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "We could solve that problem in less than an hour in Portland … and at some point, Bill, we’ll just have to do it ourselves."

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“We’re sending law enforcement,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We can’t let this happen to the cities .” State and local leaders in Oregon, as Federal agents last week began cracking down on Portland protests against police brutality and systemic racism, using tear gas to defend federal

Early in the protests , protesters broke into the Multnomah County Justice Center and set some of The officers came because of an executive order signed by President Trump in late June to The president has doubled down, promising to send more federal officers to cities governed by his political rivals. Rose City Justice, a major mobilizing force in Portland , announced plans to pull back on

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Portland police take control of the streets after making arrests on the scene of the nightly protests at a Portland police precinct on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Portland, Ore. © Paula Bronstein, AP Portland police take control of the streets after making arrests on the scene of the nightly protests at a Portland police precinct on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 in Portland, Ore.

Aaron "Jay" Danielson, 39, was fatally shot in Portland on Saturday after clashes between Trump supporters and protesters erupted in the city, which has seen nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd, a Black man in police custody, in May.

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Police released few details about the shooting and have not named a suspect. Danielson wore a hat with an insignia for a right-wing group active in Portland.

Video and photos Saturday showed both sides shouting and lobbing projectiles at each other. Some images showed people in vehicles in a pro-Trump caravan firing paintballs  at protesters. Other videos showed cars nearly running over protesters.

"Paint is a defensive mechanism. Paint is not bullets," Trump said during a White House briefing Monday. Someone connected with violent protests "shot a young gentleman and killed him," he said. "Not with paint but with a bullet."

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A federal law enforcement official fires tear gas at protesters during a protest against racial inequality in Portland , Oregon, on July 19, 2020. Trump , a Republican, cited New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland, California, as places to send federal agents, noting the cities '

Trump mocked Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as 'pretty pathetic' after he joined in protests Wednesday night where he was tear-gassed by federal agents. Officials in Portland are calling on federal agents to leave the city while Chicago is bracing for them Donald Trump has threatened to send up to 60

Nearby sheriff's offices that Brown called on to come to Portland to aid police officers in patrolling protests dismissed her plan Monday.

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Brown released details of her peace plan for Portland on Sunday, which includes deploying Oregon State Police, asking for help from law enforcement and calling on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute arson and other violent offenses.

Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said adding more law enforcement to the mix wouldn't work unless Portland’s newly elected district attorney is harder on protesters. Roberts said that too often, demonstrators arrested on low-level crimes are released.

"The same offenders are arrested night after night, only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA’s office. The next night, they are back at it, endangering the lives of law enforcement and the community all over again," Roberts said. "The criminal justice system will need to do its part and hold offenders accountable."

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The US city has turned into a battleground, as federal agents clash with protesters . Last week, federal officers started cracking down on crowds gathering in the city against the wishes of state and local The role of federal troops sent to Portland is the subject of intense speculation at the moment.

With one Portland protester severely injured in front of the federal courthouse and others pulled A federal law enforcement officer shoots pepper spray into the air during a protest in Portland on Mr. Trump said last week that he had sent personnel to Portland because “the locals couldn’t handle it.”

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett was also critical of Brown's plan.

Brown's plan includes creating a forum among the city's Black leaders and Mayor Ted Wheeler. Trump has often lashed out at Wheeler for the unrest, calling him a "joke of a mayor" and a "fool" in the wake of the shooting.

Black leaders expressed concern over the plan, which would increase law enforcement on the streets.

"If you’re just there, the odds of getting arrested at this point are almost so high as to the point of being guaranteed," Shanice Clarke, a founder of the Black Millennial Movement, told The Associated Press.

Wheeler needs to do more than "just showing up to a press conference and saying it’s Trump’s fault" for Black people to feel they are being listened to, she said.

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Protesters light fires near Wheeler's home

Monday night, protesters went to the building where Wheeler lives and demanded his resignation.

The Oregonian reported that the demonstration became destructive as people lit a fire with newspapers and tossed a picnic table in it. Windows on the ground floor were broken, and some protesters took items from a dental office.

Video shared by New York Times reporter Mike Baker showed police swarm in and make arrests. Police declared the mass gathering a riot late Monday and arrested 19 people, according to a news release.

Demonstrators have rallied in Portland every night since Floyd, a Black man, died as a white Minneapolis police officer dug his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. His death led to massive protests around the country.

The unrest in Portland has ebbed and flowed, but tensions were reignited when Trump ordered federal agents to the city to protect a federal courthouse and quell violence. 

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Will Trump actually pull federal agents from Portland ? – video explainer. Some protesters turned out to proclaim victory over the paramilitaries sent to the city by the US president. The federal agents then drove the demonstrators back several blocks in a stronger use of force than other recent nights, and

President Donald Trump said federal officers were sent to the city to protect federal property, but protesters and local leaders have strongly opposed their presence. Each major provocation was met with a show of force by federal agents inside the building, who then launched tear gas into the crowd.

Those agents withdrew July 31, but smaller nightly protests have continued in pockets of the city. More than 600 people have been arrested since late May.

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What happened during the caravan, shooting?

Danielson was shot about 15 minutes after the caravan left downtown Portland on Saturday.

The group of vehicles rolled into the city after a rally in nearby Clackamas. Fights and skirmishes broke out between Trump supporters and protesters. Video showed both sides hurling objects. Protesters lit Trump flags on fire and lobbed water bottles. Trump supporters fired paintball guns and pepper spray as they drove into some protesters.

Hours before he was fatally shot, Danielson and a friend headed downtown to the caravan. They wore hats with the insignia of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer and appeared armed with knives and paintball guns.

In a video of the shooting, three shots are heard before Danielson falls to the ground.

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What is Patriot Prayer?

Based in Washington state, Patriot Prayer is a right-wing group "about fighting corruption, big government, and tyranny using God for strength and the power of love," founder Joey Gibson wrote on the group's Facebook page.

The group has often clashed with protesters in Portland, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which advocates for civil rights, said Patriot Prayer members often engage in violence against their political opponents.

"Our concern now is that (far-right groups in Portland) will use this tragic death as an excuse to act with even more impunity against anti-fascists, leftists, Black Lives Matter activists and journalists," said Cassie Miller, senior research analyst for the SPLC.

Gibson called Danielson a friend and wrote on Facebook, "We love Jay and he had such a huge heart. God bless him and the life he lived."

Chandler Pappas, who was seen next to Danielson on Saturday, told a rally Sunday that the man was "Christian" and "conservative."

"He was a good man, and he was just killed senselessly for no reason other than he believed something different than they do," Pappas said.

Contributing: John Bacon, Jordan Culver, Jorge Ortiz, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Portland protests: Trump threatens to send federal forces back into the city

Oregon governor announces additional police resources one day after fatal shooting .
"Change will not come overnight, and, as we have seen in these last months, it does not come easily either," Gov. Kate Brown said.In a statement Sunday, Brown said everyone — from the local to the state level — needed to come together to end the violence in Portland.

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