PORTLAND, OR– On Friday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported that 18 people were arrested and are facing federal charges for their roles in several weeknight protests at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland.
A whole lotta shakin going on pic.twitter.com/cFQ9Y4peiS
— Ric Peavyhouse (@RPeavyhouse) July 24, 2020
According to police, protesters in downtown Portland set several fires and breached the fence surrounding the Hatfield Federal Courthouse Thursday night, July 22nd and into early Friday morning, July 23rd.
For several hours, more than 1,000 people gathered outside of the Justice Center and the federal courthouse blocking traffic and participating in a demonstration. Around 11 p.m., members of the group set fires inside the fence, shook the fence, threw things over the fence, and tried to dissemble the fence. Several members of the group actually breached the fence.
Police also said that protesters threw harmful items including incendiaries at the federal officers who came outside to protect the federal building and attempt to disperse the violent crowd. By 1 a.m., more protesters had returned back to the fence and continued to set fires, breached the fence, and threw commercial-grade fireworks towards the federal courthouse.
By 2 a.m., protesters were still in the streets, around the federal courthouse, and engaging in violent, destructive behavior. Police at this point declared an unlawful assembly and told people to leave the area.
Many people did not listen to these orders and remained in the area setting fires and damaging courthouse property. From this, 18 protesters were arrested and charged federally.
— Chuckz (@Chuck2165) July 25, 2020
According to a news release from the DOJ, the charges include assaulting federal police officers, arson, and damaging government property. Since May 26th, Portland has seen nightly protests that have been followed by violent and criminal activity. The Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been a nightly target of vandalism and from that has sustained extensive damage.
Various federal departments including the U.S. Marshals Service deputies, officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been working tirelessly every night to protect the Federal Courthouse. While performing their duties of protecting and serving, they have been subjected to nightly threats and assaults from demonstrators.
Some of the other violent and criminal activity that has taken place and continues to take place includes destruction of property, looting, arson, vandalism, and assaulting law enforcement officers.
The DOJ news release shows a breakdown of who was arrested and for what. Five people were charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 21, 2020.
Included in this are:
- Jennifer Kristiansen, 37 who was charged with assaulting a federal officer,
- Zachary Duffly, 45 who was charged with creating a disturbance,
- Wyatt Ash-Milby, 18 who was charged with trespassing on federal property, and
- Caleb Ehlers, 23 and Paul Furst, 22 were charged with failing to comply with a lawful order.
Seven people were charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 21, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 22, 2020.
Included in this are:
- Jerusalem Callahan, 24 who was charged with willfully damaging government property,
- Joseph Ybarra, 21 who was charged with arson,
- Marnie Sager, 27 and Ella Miller, 26 who were charged with failing to comply with a lawful order,
- Taylor Lemons, 31, Giovanni Bondurant, 19, and Gabriel Houston, 22 who were all charged with assaulting federal officers.
Six people were charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 22, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 23, 2020.
Included in this are:
- Joseph Lagalo, 37,
- Bailey Breibelbis, 22,
- Nicholas Klobier, 26,
- David Hazan, 24,
- Hailey Holden, 30,
- Cameron Knueston (age unknown at the time) were all charged with failing t comply with a lawful order.
According to The Hill, all defendants that have been charged are believed to be local residents. All 18 defendants made their first appearances in court and they were ordered released pending jury trials or other follow-up court proceedings.
All cases are being jointly investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Protective Services. Additionally, they are all being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
According to KGW8, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said that anyone who defends this nightly destruction is only enabling it. He said in a statement:
“Blaming federal agents for protecting federal property is an easy out for people who want to politicize this. You have to ask the community how long they are willing to tolerate this mindless violence.”
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Here is another Law Enforcement Today article detailing the violence and destruction in Portland:
PORTLAND, OR – Ignore what the mayor says. There’s a war underway in Portland.
We’ve just learned that at least three federal officers in Portland might never recover their vision after an attack earlier this week.
That’s when violent rioters shined lasers in their eyes and threw fireworks at a federal courthouse.
On Monday night, one person also threatened to cut off the water supply to federal officers inside the building. And we’re told by sources that “jammers” were used to cut them off from communicating with each other.
According to Federal Protective Service (FPS) Deputy Director of Operations Richard “Kriss” Cline, a crowd of more than 1,000 “rioters” surrounded the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. They started removing plywood coverings before attempting to throw objects – some of them fire bombs – through the windows at federal officers inside.
Then they vandalized the building with spray paint, blocked intersections and set several fires.
“When officers responded to put out these fires, glass bottles were thrown and lasers – which can cause permanent blindness – were shined in their eyes,” Cline said. “We have three officers who currently have eye injuries and they may not recover sight in those eyes from those laser attacks.”
Since then, FPS has bought anti-laser glasses that federal officers are now wearing to prevent eye injuries.
They responded with pepper balls and tear gas.
According to Cline, officers saw one person taking pictures of a water intake system to the Edith Green Federal Building, which is also under FPS protection.
Earlier that night, someone said on Twitter it was “so we can shut off the water to the buildings the feds are staying in to make it a nightmare for them.”
In total, seven people were arrested in the unrest that unfolded Monday night. Two ere arrested for alleged assaults on federal officers and five for noncompliance with lawful directions.
Law Enforcement Today is told that one of the federal officers assaulted is a member of the Federal Protective Service. The second is a member of the U.S Marshals Service.
A third federal officer was injured when he was hit by a glass bottle thrown by rioters, Cline said.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, “violent anarchists” also had torn down the perimeter fencing around the Hatfield Federal Courthouse Sunday night into Monday morning.
They said red, green and purple lasers were aimed by rioters at federal officers through the courthouse doors. This was done while one group used a strobe light on the building and a commercial-grade mortar firework was fired in the vicinity of the Hatfield Courthouse front doors.
Cline went on to say that mortars were launched at the courthouse at the same time that rioters had barricaded the front entrance of the courthouse – which was potentially trapping federal officers inside.
The U.S. Marshals Service also reported to local media outlets about communications jamming – the first reported instance since the riots have started. They said it may have caused significant problems with their radio communications.
Cline elaborated on protection details, saying the names of federal officers would be removed from their uniforms and replaced with their badge numbers. This, after approximately 38 law enforcement officers had been doxed.
Ever wonder where these violent anarchists came from? You don’t have to wonder any more.
More than 50 days ago, protestors took to the streets of Portland to demand justice over the death of George Floyd.
Albeit many of those that are protesting have done so in peace, there have been numerous occasions where these protests have turned into riots, ripe with violence, vandalism, arson and arrests.
So much violence, that Federal Officers have been sent in to help secure the area.
.@WallOfMoms As an orphan of the MAGA movement, I can't tell you how encouraging it is to see this wall of moms out there protecting us, protecting our freedom. I dream one day that my own MAGA mom might see the light and choose to protect her son too. pic.twitter.com/uptHI92ByE
— jason dogwood 🏳️🌈👬🏼 (@jasondogwood) July 23, 2020
Que the “Wall of Moms”.
Over the weekend, a wall of Moms took to the Portland streets to help shield the protestors from police.
Chanting, “Moms are here, feds stay clear” and “all cops are bastards”, a large group of approximately 70 mothers used their self-proclaimed “mom bods” to block officers from being able to target the violent protestors with tear gas other less lethal means.
— WOM OFFICIAL (@WallOfMoms) July 22, 2020
The “Wall of Moms” concept was born after 35 year- old and mother of two, Bev Barnum, was watching local news coverage of the on-going riots and feeling “the need to protect rioters from the police”.
Good advice; pic.twitter.com/BsD8u3fgf8
— All votes count.🇺🇸✌️🇨🇦🇵🇷🆘☮️ (@kosgirl56) July 22, 2020
Barnum sounded her call to action in a local on-line working moms Facebook group, recruiting other mothers for her cause.
Barnum pleaded with other moms in the group, “calling all moms, let’s do what we do best – protect people”. In an interview with ABC news, Barnum stated that “deep in my soul I feel the need to give the kids a break-before they break”.
👫 Portland dads With leaf blowers join wall of moms to blow back tear gas from police 👫https://t.co/vm1CWsI1y4
— Alex (@aroseblush) July 22, 2020
Even though in a July 17 Facebook post, Barnum said that she was “afraid of protestors”
In an effort to sway more moms to join her cause, Barnum attempted to use sympathy to help recruit a larger amount of moms willing to stand by her side to protect the protestors and pleaded to the other mothers in her mom’s group:
“As most of you have read and seen on the news, protestors are being hurt (without cause) and as of late, protestors are being stripped of their rights by being placed in unmarked cars by identifiable law enforcement.”
— Judy Schear (@BlueElection) July 22, 2020
Her grassroots effort to recruit other moms to stand with her and protect the protestors from the police was successful.
On Saturday evening, standing in solidarity and locking arms, the groups of approximately 70 mothers, dressed in white t-shirts and bicycle helmets stood between the protestors and police, shouting, “leave our kids alone”.
New tactics among protesters in Portland include:
• A "Wall of Moms" who form a protective barrier between protesters and law enforcement
• A hockey stick to push back a tear gas canister
• A leaf blower to blow back the gas, a tactic used in Hong Kong https://t.co/2chPJ7C78a
— NPR (@NPR) July 22, 2020
Barnum said the first night, she requested fellow moms to wear white in an attempt to appear a “nonthreatening” appearance in an effort to dissuade police from using tear gas and flash bangs.
She said, “that by wearing white and trying to portray a nonthreatening appearance on Saturday, the group hoped the officers would be less likely to use force against them.”
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) July 22, 2020
In a Buzzfeed article, Barnum stated that “We wanted to look like we were going to Target, like normal people”.
What Barnham failed to mention in her plea, was that this mob of protestors have been responsible for setting fires around the city and attacking law enforcement officers.
Throughout the weekend, rioters had begun to tear down a newly constructed fence surrounding the now dismantled Chinook Land Autonomous Territory or CLAT in Lownsdale Square Park and were attempting to use it to barricade the doors of the Multnomah County Justice Center and the federal courthouse.
On Sunday, the wall of moms returned, this time dressed in yellow. According to Barnum, this time “the Feds came out of the building, they walked slowly, assembled themselves and started shooting (tear gas).
Barnum told a CNN reporter:
“I couldn’t believe it was happening. Traumatic doesn’t begin to describe it.”
This, after the second round of tear gas was deployed into the rioters in response to another fence being toppled, the wall of moms dispersed, leaving the rioters to defend themselves.
Barnum admitted to losing control over her bladder and vomiting all over herself after getting gassed this past weekend but is not giving up her cause.
Proud of the @MomsDemand volunteers participating in tonight’s #wallofmoms, including @LisaForOregon – a former volunteer who’s now running for a seat in the Oregon statehouse. #orleg https://t.co/tbLdSlKN7a
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 22, 2020
She has since met up with local members of Portland Don’t Shoot’ who have given her tips on how to protect herself and the other members of the Wall of Moms, during the protests.
Barnum says she now has over 2,000 moms expressing interest in participating in the next Wall of Moms event.
In the meantime, the latest attack on federal law enforcement in America is a highly personal one.
Policing, regardless of when it is as far as history goes, is extremely dangerous. Several states have protections in place which prohibit the publication of any law enforcement officers or family members personal information.
This is, of course, to safeguard them from the ill effects of a criminal or their associates from being arrested or cited in anyway. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security released information showing that almost 40 federal law enforcement officer’s personal information was released online.
The thought of protecting law enforcement officer’s personal information is to safeguard their families from harm when it comes to criminally charging someone.
The Deputy Director of Operations for the Federal Protective Service, Richard Cline, released in a press conference that almost 40 federal officers had their private information released online.
This, despite officers having their name tags removed from their uniform with only their badge numbers displayed.
For those of you that are not in law enforcement, badge numbers are how those in the police world identify others in the same realm. Typically, officers are no longer referred to by their names, it is either by their identification or badge number or last name.
According to Fox News, federal officers have been attacked, not only by weapons which include fireworks, hammers and feces, they have also had their personal information leaked online.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has also promised that despite any attempts to attack officers while on the job or personally that they will not retreat.
He told rioters in his statement that those who chose to do violence must “find another line of work.” He continued:
“If you are a violent rioter looking to inflict damage on federal property or law enforcement officers, you need to find another line of work. We will not retreat, we will continue to protect our facilities and our law enforcement officers.”
Department of Homeland Security Federal Police officers along with law enforcement from the U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been deployed around Portland and are also coming to areas around the United States.
This is all in an effort to protect federal properties as ordered by the President of the United States. Portions of that Executive Order state:
“The first duty of government is to ensure domestic tranquility and defend the life, property, and rights of its citizens. Over the last 5 weeks, there has been a sustained assault on the life and property of civilians, law enforcement officers, government property, and revered American monuments…..
May of the rioters, arsonists, and left-wing extremists who have carried out and supported these acts have explicitly identified themselves with ideologies – such as Marxism – that call for the destruction of the United States system of government……
The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, personnel to assist with the protection of Federal monuments, memorials, statutes, or property. This section shall terminate 6 months from the date of this order unless extended by the President.”
Efforts to place the federal officers safety in harms way are well beyond the typical democratic handbook. However, it would be a page out of Antifa’s. Antifa has long since called for the disruption or attacking of law enforcement, all with the idea of pushing forth their communist agenda.
Personal attacks on law enforcement could likely deter any of those exposed officers to reconsider any law enforcement actions they take, for fear of retribution against their family members.
Wolf made it a point to say on Monday that the federal police officers are only there to protect federal property and the destruction of it by the rioters:
“What we know is before July 4, where we saw an escalation of violence in Portland, before that time, there was violence going, ongoing and DHS had very few officers in the city.
We know that violence before the courthouse, they were directed at the Portland Police Department and other city buildings.
So, the facts don’t lie, and the facts are that these violent anarchists and extremists were violent well before DHS surged federal assets into Portland. We are focused on protecting federal facilities. That is our mission, and we’re going to continue to do that.”
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