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US Attorney: Feds will stay in Portland until attacks end

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Tear gas deployed at Portland protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal militarized officers will remain in Portland until attacks on the U.S. courthouse cease, a top official said Monday after another night of violence. And more officers may soon be on the way.

“It is not a solution to tell federal officers to leave when there continues to be attacks on federal property and personnel. We are not leaving the building unprotected to be destroyed by people intent on doing so,” U.S. Attorney Billy Williams told a telephonic news conference.

Local and state officials said the federal officers are unwelcome. The mayor of Portland and five other cities appealed Monday to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents to cities that don’t want them.

“This administration’s egregious use of federal force on cities over the objections of local authorities should never happen,” the mayors of Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City Albuquerque and Washington D.C. wrote to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate.

The mayors want Congress to require consultation with and consent from local authorities before federal deployments; require visible identification at all times on federal agents and vehicles unless on an undercover mission authorized by the local U.S. attorney; and limit federal agents’ activities to protecting federal property.

Early Monday, U.S. agents repeatedly fired tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls at protesters outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland. Some protesters had climbed over the fence surrounding the courthouse, while others shot fireworks, banged on the fence and projected lights on the building.

Trump said Monday on Twitter that the federal properties in Portland “wouldn’t last a day” without the presence of the federal agents.

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22 Arrested, Facing Federal Charges After Weekend Protests at Federal Courthouse in Portland
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 07/27/20 5:16 PM

Charges include assaulting federal officers, failing to obey lawful orders, and operating a drone in restricted airspace

PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that 22 people have been arrested and are facing federal charges for their roles in weekend protests at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland.

According to court documents, since May 26, 2020, protests in downtown Portland have been followed by nightly criminal activity including assaults on law enforcement officers, destruction of property, looting, arson, and vandalism. The Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been a nightly target of vandalism during evening protests and riots, sustaining extensive damage.

U.S. Marshals Service deputies and officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection working to protect the courthouse have been subjected to nightly threats and assaults from demonstrators while performing their duties.

Six people have been charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 23, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 24, 2020. Carly Anne Ballard, 34, and David Michael Bouchard, 36, are charged with assaulting federal officers; and Josslynn Kreutz, 28, Dakota Eastman, 30, Ezra Meyers, 18, and Mark Rolycanov, 28, are charged with failing to obey lawful orders.

On July 24, 2020, agents from Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested Ronald Bernard Hickey, 44, a Canadian National, for harassing and stalking federal employees assigned to assist the Federal Protective Service with ongoing civil unrest in Portland. Hickey used his Twitter account, @TawasiSoce, to knowingly release personal information of these employees in an attempt to threaten, intimidate, or incite violence against them.

Eight people have been charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 25, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 26, 2020. Rebecca Gonzales-Mota, 37; Stephen O’Donnell, 65; Thomas Johnson, 33; Nathan Oderdonk-Snow, 21; Joshua Webb, 22; Pablo Avvacato, 26; and Doug Dean, 34, are charged with assaulting federal officers. Richard Lindstet, 33, is charged with operating a drone in restricted airspace.

Seven people have been charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 26, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 27, 2020. Michael Stephenson, 23; Caleb Willis, 29; Noelle Mandolfo, 30; Travis Williams, 27; Patrick Stanford, age unknown; Coree Jefree, age unknown; and Tyler Gabriel, 22, are charged with assaulting federal officers.

All defendants, unless noted, are presumed to be local residents.

These cases are being jointly investigated the U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Federal Protective Service. They are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

Criminal complaints and informations are only accusations of a crime, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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People attempt to cut through fence around Federal Courthouse, launch fireworks, climb over fence
Portland Police Bureau - 07/27/20 3:05 AM

On July 26, 2020 a crowd of several hundred people gathered along SW 3rd Avenue mostly concentrated outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. People blocked streets in the area around the courthouse. They spent hours yelling, chanting, banging on the fence and throwing objects over it.

At about 11:45 p.m. people began launching mortar-style fireworks over the fence. A short time later people climbed over the fence, entering the portico. At about that time a group lit a large fire in Lownsdale Square Park. People in the crowd continually picked at the fence. Some gathered with shields and umbrellas to cover a person trying to cut through it.

On July 27, 2020 at about 12:59 a.m. somebody started a fire just inside the fence along SW 3rd Avenue. The fire started quickly, grew into large flames on the sidewalk, and was out within about a minute. Following that, dozens of people approached the outside of the fence with shields and began throwing objects over it.

The crowd was dispersed over the course of the next few hours.

Portland Police did not participate in dispersing these crowds, did not make any arrests and did not deploy CS gas.

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  1. If Wheeler doesn’t want “feds” in Portland stop the violence.
    Throwing explosives, aka destructive device, FEDERAL crime.
    Arson on federal building. FEDERAL crime.
    Graffiti on federal buildings. FEDERAL crime
    Assaulting FEDERAL officers. FEDERAL crime
    Crossing state line to join a riot. FEDERAL crime.
    Here’s a thought antifa BLM thugs. Stop cimmmiting crimes and the feds won’t be needed.

    1. Oh boy charging folks in federal court for graffiti is exactly the kind of attitude that got george floyd killed- this has to be the only time you will see the tea party in favor of federal secret police over local rights, what hypocrites

          1. Very true. The ridiculous “stimulus” funds and unemployment checks are funding this lifestyle. They sure like those feds when they are handing out money.

        1. Protests remain peaceful until police shoot people. What would you do if someone shot you, unprovoked? The PPB and Feds have been the instigators of violence, but your news sources won’t tell you that, and you’re too lazy to seek out actual, first-hand footage.
          What happens in Bend when BLM gathers in protest of police violence and civil rights? Not a riot, because the police don’t shoot people with impact munitions and tear gas. Want the violence to stop? Get the Feds out, and hold violent police accountable for their actions.

          1. ROFLMAO!!! Talking about maroon thinking and then posting it!!! ROFLMAO!!!

            The Federal Officers do not fire non-lethal projectiles or gas, until it has been declared a riot by the lead Officer. How about this, sue the Mayor, City Council, PPB, and Governor for failing to do their job in the first place? All of those listed could/can put an end to the rioting, allowing the Fed’s to leave. At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a larger Federal force left in Portland.

            You may be a talented propagandist, but you’re not going to sell your BS propaganda to those that have a brain.

            1. Even if what you say was partially true (which none of it is), why wouldn’t you question that the “lead officer” declared ONE man with a STEREO over his head a “riot”, and opened fire, hitting him in the head.

              Your propaganda and misinformation is easily disproven with a quick google search.

          2. your only objective on here is to further divide Americans and destroy America. what country are u posting on? how many different local news agencies are u spreading propaganda? how much they paying you in your country? $2 per day?

      1. Mouse,
        You can’t be serious? There’s a conservative estimate of 25 million in damage that was done long before the Feds showed up. According to experts on the ground 25 million is just the tip of the iceberg. Scores of businesses have vowed not to return as well as residents. Face it Portland has been an out of control S… hole for years under progressive liberal control. Portland for years was and probably still is the teenage runaway Capitol of the world with drug use and crime to fuel the drug use running rampant. It’s time for the grown ups to clean up the mess as usual created by the progressive liberals.

  2. There are a number of us here, everyday, telling Wheeler and Brown that if they didn’t want the Federal Officers here they simply had to stop the rioting/looting/arson/destruction aimed at the Federal Building/property. They don’t care about how stupid they’re looking or how much damage is done, or home many lives are hurt or even how many people may die . . . They just want to discredit Trump and his administration! PERIOD

    Then there are those outside of Portland who are supporting/defending the rioting/looting/arson/destruction and egging the rioters/Mayor/Governor on . . . Including a number of people in Bend.

    Congratulations!!! You didn’t listen to Trump when he told you to do your jobs and stop the rioting/looting/arson/destruction before he sent Federal Officers in and now he’s going to increase the number of Federal Officers and make ya’ll look even more stupid! You’ve received your second major warning!

    If you think Congress is going to write a law to prevent the Federal Government from protecting Federal property/buildings . . . You will see it go to the court system and be over-turned very quickly, no matter how many activist judges you find. Simply put, SCOTUS will NOT rule permitting destruction of Federal property/buildings by protesters/rioters under any circumstance.

    1. The short-sighted solution of promoting force to suppress protesters exercising their First Amendment rights is why this has escalated. Protests occurred all over the country, most of them 100% peaceful. The media picked up on the stories where police CONTINUED their unnecessary use of force and instigated violence. The people fought back, as anyone would when attacked without provocation. ALL THAT WOULD HAVE HAD TO BE DONE TO PREVENT WHERE WE ARE NOW IS FOR POLICE TO NOT USE EXCESSIVE FORCE ON PEACEFUL GATHERINGS. Instead, the wannabe authoritarian dictator is trying to flex his fascist muscles to put down anyone who disagrees with him.
      REALITY CHECK: Most of this country want him gone. You intolerant few are the minority. Our country has beaten fascist regimes before, and this idiotic orange goon won’t be the first to beat us.

      1. Whatever helps you sleep during the day.
        Amazing how dedicated you are to your puppet masters’ propaganda even when videos exist of all the mayhem and destrution you and your antifa goons were perpetrating across cities. Tell us. Which federal agents were out and about when David Dorn and Italia Kelly, whose murders you supported for your “patriotic” revolution, were out and about when they were murdered? Hmm?
        By the way. Did you enjoy the links of antifa thugs calling black police officers “Ns?”

  3. “Local and state officials” – don’t have a clue what they are talking about. They for sure are not listening to the majority of those who live in the Portland metropolitan area.

  4. if Osama bin laden or and flavor of the week terrorist was funding other people to enter the US cities and riot and destroy. our government would seize the funds and shut the rioters down .lock them up and charge them accordingly. so why the heck is our government allowing George soros to fund this? this guys is hell bent on destroying our country and out government is just allowing him to do it. soros and all his captains (blm organizers) are terrorists that need to be stopped. why is this not happening???

      1. And building up ISIS at the same time by destabilizing Libya, Egypt, Syria and bombing more Islamic countries then any president since FDR. Great job Obama. You deserved that peace prize.
        In fact. If Trump wants one he better start invading a lot more countries.

  5. “The American fascists are most easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact. Their newspapers and propaganda carefully cultivate every fissure of disunity, every crack in the common front against fascism. They use every opportunity to impugn democracy. They use isolationism as a slogan to conceal their own selfish imperialism. They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”
    -Henry Wallace, 1944

    1. Antifa to a “T”
      Newspapers as propaganda for the progressives and covering for antifa BLM violence.
      Cultivate every fissure. Check. Progressives have mastered identity politics. Everyone is judged by the group and not as an individual. All are victims of “white supremacy.”
      Impugn Democracy. We are not a democracy
      Isolationism and imperialism. Mostly word salad but I thought progressives didn’t want us involved in foreign wars. Why did Obama bomb so many nations?
      Patriots? You’re claiming super patriotism supporting the violent riots by Antifa and BLM. Those factions HATE the constitution. NO WHERE does it say violent riots are protected. “PEACEABLY assemble is NOT practiced by Antifa mobs. Free speech is shuttered online, on college campuses, and antifa goons beat down anyone they disagree with.
      Deceipt to get political power? Really? You’re saying the antifa blm progressive thugs are honest??? Your lies are legion.
      Subjigation. Now that’s a fun one. Antifa and BLM have beaten anyone in their way and even murdered to instill fear in any one who dare stand in their way for total marxist revolution.

      You’re the thugs and liars. But we understand. It helps you find meaning in your meaningless life. You’ve accomplished nothing but you think this helps. Me? I’ve accomplished plenty and don’t need to go around burning building and assaulting people to be happy with my lot in life. You’ll never be happy.

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