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Feds reject Portland mayor’s request to end federal deputation of police

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Members of the Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team were deputized Saturday as federal marshals, allowing federal prosecutors to charge assault on a federal officer if they are attacked.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The top U.S. prosecutor in Oregon on Wednesday rejected a request from Portland’s mayor to end the federal deputation of dozens of police officers as part of the response to ongoing protests, saying it was the only way to end “lawlessness.”

In a joint statement, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy J. Williams and Russ Berger, the U.S. marshal in the state, swatted down Mayor Ted Wheeler’s request and called him out for a “lack of leadership” that they said has allowed acts of violence to overshadow more than four months of nearly nightly protests since the death of George Floyd.

Wheeler said Tuesday that he had asked the U.S. attorney’s office to withdraw the designation that deputized the officers.

Deputizing the Portland officers gives federal prosecutors the option to charge anyone arrested by those officers with federal crimes, which often come with more severe penalties than the state crimes for which local police usually make arrests.

It also allows law enforcement a route around Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s decision not to file state charges against hundreds of protesters arrested for lower-level and non-violent offenses, a policy that has angered some in the law enforcement community.

Portland has seen protests almost every night since Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis. Many of them have ended with some protesters vandalizing police and other government buildings, setting fires, shining lasers into the eyes of police and throwing objects at officers.

Last week, violence reached a new level when protesters hurled three firebombs into a line of advancing police officers.

Wheeler has declined offers of assistance from federal law enforcement and Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, has declined to call up the National Guard. Trump sent U.S. agents from the Department of Homeland Security to guard a federal courthouse in July, setting of two weeks of intense protests and clashes with federal authorities in a two-block area of downtown.

Those agents withdrew in late July, however, after a deal brokered by Brown that saw Oregon State Police take over crowd control.

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Statement Regarding Deputation of State and Local Law Enforcement Officers
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 09/30/20 2:31 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.— Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, and Russ Burger, U.S. Marshal for the District of Oregon, provide the below statement on ongoing violence in Portland:

The U.S. Marshal will not cancel the cross-deputation of local and state law enforcement officers.  Law enforcement and law-abiding citizens of Portland have endured months of nightly criminal violence and destruction.  Officers have been repeatedly assaulted with bottles, bats, sledgehammers, lasers, rocks, and other weapons of convenience.  In addition, the public has seen repeated efforts by criminals to burn down public buildings.  These violent, senseless, and criminal acts have no bearing on social justice.  They only serve to exacerbate lawlessness in this city.  Federal cross-deputation of Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff and Portland Police Bureau personnel underscores the importance of providing accountability and deterrence for these criminal acts.  Importantly, the federal deputation supports front line law enforcement officers and their families in a way that they have not seen from City Hall.  Portlanders, and Oregonians in general are sick of the boarded-up and dangerous conditions prevalent in downtown Portland due to a lack of leadership.  We call upon citizens of this city and state to denounce violence, demand accountability, and work together to end the violence.

Billy J. Williams                                 Russ Burger

United States Attorney                       United States Marshal

District of Oregon                              District of Oregon

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  1. You will now see an increase in violence, instigated by police, because they will claim an empty water bottle or rubber bouncy ball is a deadly threat.
    Odd how the police want to use so much violence against people protesting police violence.

      1. Let’s say that there are two groups of people who are completely within their rights to be in a certain area at a certain time. One group then declares the other group to be “hostile” and starts charging the other group, hitting them with batons, shooting tear gas canisters (aiming for the head), slashing tires, and so on. The second group then retaliates in a much less effective manner, because they aren’t a equipped with military hand-me-downs. Of course the oppressed second group is going to get to a point where they resort to more dangerous tactics, because the first group keeps escalating the violence first.

        Just like your idiotic response to why our Governor has to take control during a global pandemic as a REACTION to a situation that could have been avoided, you are only paying attention to the REACTION of a group of protesters AFTER unnecessary police aggression and violence occurs.
        To find the solution, you must identify the cause.

    1. The essence of authority is power to enforce the authority.
      The essence of power is the ability to force compliance
      Forced compliance is the consequences of threat of violence, or violence.

      This is true on all levels, from world governments, to raising children….hopefully, though with children the violence does not go beyond forced isolation (a time out)or verbal reprimand.

      A world without authority and consequences is chaos, resulting in individuals inflicting violence on each other randomly.

    2. Interesting perspective. If I throw an empty water bottle or rubber bouncy ball at a normal citizen, they could press charges for assault. Should cops have fewer legal protections than a common citizen? If people aren’t being punished for their crimes at a local level, then somebody should step in to make sure they are punished at a federal level.

      1. You go ahead and take that bouncy-ball assault to court and see how far that gets you.
        This obsession with crime and punishment is insane. Oh, it’s also a sign of fascism:
        1. Powerful and continuing nationalism
        2. Disdain for human rights
        3. Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
        4. Supremacy of the military
        5. Rampant sexism
        6. Controlled mass media
        7. Obsession with national security
        8. Religion and government intertwined
        9. Corporate power protected
        10. Labor power suppressed
        11. Disdain for intellectuals & the arts
        12. Obsession with crime & punishment <—- There it is!
        13. Rampant cronyism & corruption
        14. Fraudulent elections

  2. President Trump yesterday: “Proud Boys stand back and stand by”

    President Trump today “I don’t know who the Proud Boys are” but “whoever they are they need to stand down.”

          1. Uh huh. And killing babies in the womb is “health care” and the “Affordable Health Care Act.” brought down health care costs.
            I wonder what Italia Kelly thought of Antifa?

  3. Well Portland that’s one way to downsize the police. I’m sure most are looking for jobs elseward right now. People of Portland, Good luck with that. No police = No peace.

  4. Cops versus Lawlessness. Trump versus Biden. I will have to go with the lesser of 2 evils and go with the Cops and Trump. I don’t see any better option. I’m not just thrilled about it.

  5. Of course. Ted doesn’t like seeing his foot soldiers prosecuted. DA Schmidt lets them go when it is a local crime. Not so with the feds. The current mayor and hopeful mayor are both trying to out antifa eachother. Anyone who thinks this is about any kind of “justice” is a fool. This is revolution and insurrection. They want power and are showing they will do anything they can to get it.

  6. Had to lookup “deputation” my first thought, does portland have the authority to deport American citizens? Or is this just another ktvz misspelling? Come to find out it’s just another day of embarrassment for being remotely associated and living in a state that includes portland, wheeler, and shut’em down brown .

  7. Take ’em all off the city payroll and let the Feds pay their paychecks then. Then, renegotiate their contracts next Jan when they want to come back. Would be a more peaceful city without ’em. Good luck with your mall security careers.

  8. Those outside agencies sending their officers to Portland would only do so if FED deputized.

    As their actions are covered under FED law.

    Portland abbrogated litigation coverage some time back and that put the mutual assistance agreements in the toliet.

    Wheeler knows this. Brown knows this. Been in the news on and off for weeks now.

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