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Gov. Brown announces phased withdrawal of federal officers from Portland

Portland federal courthouse
U.S. Attorney's Office
Aftermath of nights of violence at federal courthouse in downtown Portland

(Update: Adding Sen. Jeff Merkley comment)

OSP will play security role, rather than 'occupying force'

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday that federal officials have agreed to remove their officers deployed to defend the downtown Portland federal courthouse from attacks and that Oregon State Police will step in to assist in building security.

Here's the full statement Brown released Wednesday morning:

“After my repeated requests, the federal government has agreed to a phased withdrawal of federal officers that have been deployed to the Mark Hatfield United States Courthouse over recent weeks.

“These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community. Beginning Thursday, all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland, and shortly thereafter will begin going home.

“After discussions with the Vice President and administration officials this week, the federal government has agreed to my demand and will withdraw these officers from Portland. They will also clean up the Courthouse, removing the graffiti.

“The local Oregon officers of the Oregon State Police will provide protection for free speech and the security of the exterior of the courthouse with the Federal Protective Service. A limited contingent of federal officials, who act as building security year-round, will remain and will stay focused on the interior of the U.S. Courthouse.

“I have grown increasingly concerned at the nightly confrontation between local community members and federal officers. We need to recognize that the protests in Portland are not solely about the federal presence. They started before federal agents descended on our city and they will likely continue after they leave.

“Across America and across Oregon, the Black Lives Matter movement has led a historic uprising, centering black voices demanding justice and greater police accountability.

“While I recently signed six police accountability bills, championed by the Legislature’s People of Color Caucus, and convened a Task Force to review and reform Oregon training and certification procedures for all local police officers, there is so much more to be done. The community is demanding more sweeping action. I agree.

“I will work with community leaders and elected officials to take bolder action to reform our police practices – including those of the Portland Police Bureau. We need to get this right.

“We have an opportunity that we cannot afford to waste. The departure of federal forces represents the beginning of a process that will be as difficult as it is overdue.

“If slavery is America’s original sin, then anti-Blackness is Oregon’s. Even before it was recognized as a state, Oregon prevented African Americans from settling here and owning property. For far too long, Oregon’s constitution ingrained discrimination into state law.

“Black, white, brown, and indigenous Oregonians are ready to address systemic racism. Let’s get to work.”

News release from Sen. Jeff Merkley:

Merkley Welcomes Announcement of Withdrawal of Federal Forces From Portland

Federal officers have shot multiple protesters in the face with impact munitions; have dragged protesters into unmarked vans; and have escalated violence on a nightly basis.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that federal forces from the Department of Homeland Security would be withdrawing from their occupation of downtown Portland:

“This announcement is an important step in ending the deployment of Trump’s secret police on the streets of America. These forces—with no agency or unique identification—have attacked peaceful protestors night after night and swept a number into unmarked vans. These militia-style attacks on free speech and the right to assemble have no place in our democratic republic and must end. Trump’s strategy to shift attention away from Black Lives Matter and the reform of systemic racism must not succeed.” 

Last week, Merkley introduced the No Secret Police in America amendment to the NDAA and accompanying stand-along legislation—which has been backed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to be included in an upcoming must-pass legislative package—that would block the federal government’s use of uninvited, unmarked secret police on America’s streets.

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        1. Since the PPB was banned from using chemical weapons against unarmed civilians, the protesting crowds dwindled. Then the Feds showed up, shot a man in the head for holding a boombox, and the protesters returned in the thousands. Keep up with the news, man.

  1. I just hope this works. What they should do, too, is sentence those arrested (and convicted) to cleanup duty, A couple of weeks doing that might sober them to reality and the futility of violence.

  2. And there it is. Had she made the same decision to let the local police protect the building weeks ago then all the federal agents would have not been needed. Way to make the right decision Kate a few weeks to late.

  3. Evidently Racism has reigned during her six years in office along with her democrat predecessors during the prior 36 years.
    She blames the police time after time for all the trouble in PDX yet the OSP, an understaffed and underfunded police force can handle everything?

  4. Then if the rioters succeed in burning the buildings down we, the state, will/should get the “opportunity” to rebuild them at our expense. But it isn’t out of her pocket so she doesn’t care….

    1. So you’re ok with concept that protecting a Government Bldg in Oregon has become controversial? By the way Brown making the statement of withdrawal is not accurate. She knows it, but as always can depend on her leftist constituents as being woefully uninformed. By the way psych ward ?

  5. Governor Brown has mischaracterized her conversation with the federal government. Trump has just clarified that conversation and reinforced the assertion that the feds will not leave Portland until the city government regains control of the mob.

    Kate has realized what Ted Wheeler figured out too late. If you don’t govern the feds will govern for you. The Governor or Oregon and the Mayor of Portland have a covenant with the citizens of Portland to protect life and property and to collect taxes for that purpose among others. The have abrogated their responsibility to the people.

    Kate, clean it up or you will face being brushed aside like Wheeler has.

  6. What a whole lot of BS from this goofy person. If her and Ted Wheeler and the rest of Oregon’s worthless legislature from DC had got off their butts Trump would not have had to babysit them with Federal officers.

  7. With all the schools closing and no history being taught than the only thing that matters is blm and Portland. so glad the native Americans don’t have anything to complain about or that guy from Germany that also required total compliance from the Jewish people.

  8. So now Kate is going to drag the State Police into this just like she did with the Harney County fiasco. That means Troopers that would normally be patrolling the highways will be pulled and sent to Portland. Great planning Kate again!

  9. The BLM/ Antifa have been an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence, and strife to our community. I agree, now do your job Queen Brown, and stop them from destroying the public property, that I and other WORKING tax payers have paid for with our tax dollars.

  10. Feds are not leaving Portland yet, they are going to see if kate and Ted can make this work. They can be back down there in a very short time. Kate talks big in her press release but she was told she needs to show she can secure things before the feds leave town. Feds will enjoy a day or 2 off I’m sure but I feel bad for the OSP going there with hands tied behind their backs by Brown just like PPB.

  11. Moronic pandering.

    Trump just made it clear. “Secure your city or we’ll come back in and clean it up.”

    That means, among other things, Title 10 federal activation of Oregon’National Guard and federal troops/law enforcement.

    And Brown will learn what “powerless” really means.

  12. I’m actually glad they are, then Brown will have no other ways to put blame off. She’s a piss poor human being ,let alone governor. I say get all the non rioters out of there,(their bus’s are screwed now anyways), give the maggots portland & wall it off. And Kate… don’t tie our officers hands, you maggot.

  13. Dumbed Down Brown doesn’t announce anything. She regurgitates what she has heard from her masters. The NWO as spoken about by George Bush Sr. is imminent.

    Have a nice day.

  14. All the Trump chumps cheering on authoritarianism and anonymous federal secret agents abducting people in unmarked vans for expressing their 1st amendment rights. We’ll see how much you like it when the very same people come for your second amendment rights you inbred clowns.

    1. First they came for the Communists
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Communist

      Then they came for the Socialists
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Socialist

      Then they came for the trade unionists
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a trade unionist

      Then they came for the Jews
      And I did not speak out
      Because I was not a Jew

      Then they came for me
      And there was no one left
      To speak out for me

  15. History will look back at this absolute joke of a movement. A mostly white movement in a mostly white city/state protesting racial injustice. Talk about a bunch of losers that have no purpose in life and this is their pathetic legacy…. Wheeler and Brown will be remembered as the fools that encouraged this movement. Portland Oregon the city full of fools….

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