Oregon Governor: Feds will leave Portland tomorrow. DHS: Yeah, that’s not gonna happen.

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PORTLAND, OR- The governor of Portland should probably check her sources.

On Wednesday, Kate Brown announced that federal officers are going to begin withdrawing from Portland.

But… they’re not.

At right around the same time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement saying federal law enforcement officers are there to stay for now.

“After my discussions with (Vice President Mike] Pence and others, the federal government has agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland,” Brown said in a Twitter post.

According to the governor, federal officers “have acted as an occupying force & brought violence” to the city.

These comments, of course, are despite the fact that rioters had been torching and looting the downtown area for weeks – and it all started prior to additional federal officers being deployed to help protect federal properties.

“Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland,” Brown wrote. “Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace. Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.”

It was nearly the same moment that DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf released a statement.

He confirmed he and Brown had “agreed to a joint plan”.

His, however, was focused on bringing an end to “the violent activity…directed at federal properties and law enforcement officers.”

Not only that, but Wolf confirmed that the Oregon State Police (OSP) is going to have “a robust presence”.  All this as they work with local law enforcement to reclaim the downtown area.

To add to the confusion, federal officers will remain in Portland until attacks on a federal courthouse cease, says Oregon U.S. attorney Billy Williams, on Monday after another night of violence. And more officers may soon be on the way. 

He went on to say:

“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.”

In recent days, local and state officials have made clear that that the federal officers are unwelcome. As a result,  the mayors of Portland and five other major U.S. cities appealed Monday to Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized 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, New Mexico, and Washington wrote to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty later requested a meeting with Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to discuss a cease-fire and the withdrawal of federal forces from Portland.

Portland has seen nightly protests for two months since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. President Donald Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to halt the unrest, but state and local officials said they are making the situation worse.

Officials say protestors were less than 100 before President Trump deployed federal officers over the July 4 weekend. Officials say the number has now reached the thousands.

Early on Monday, federal officers 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.

President Trump took to Twitter to claim that federal properties in Portland “wouldn’t last a day” without the presence of the federal agents.

Trump also recently issued a warning to rioters via Twitter, tweeting out:
“Anarchists, Agitators or Protestors who vandalize or damage our Federal Courthouse in Portland, or any Federal Buildings in any of our Cities or States, will be prosecuted under our recently re-enacted Statues & Monuments Act. MINIMUM TEN YEARS IN PRISON. Don’t do it!”
 
Williams, whose office is inside the courthouse, called on peaceful protesters, community and business leaders and people of faith to not allow violence to occur in their presence and to leave downtown before violence starts. He said federal agents have made 83 arrests.
 
U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said the agency has lined up about 100 people they could send to hotspots, either to strengthen forces or relieve officers who have been working for weeks.
 
Kris Cline,  deputy director of Federal Protective Service, said an incident commander in Portland and teams from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice discuss what force is needed every night.

Cline did not go into detail regarding the number of officers currently present or if more would be arriving.

This all comes as US Attorney General William Barr continues to defend the deployment of federal agents to cities, saying they are needed to counter violent rioters.

In heated testimony to Congress, Mr. Barr said protesters in Portland, Oregon, are committing “an assault on the government of the United States”.

Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Chairman, accused the department of justice of sending agents to an ongoing protest at a federal courthouse in Portland – as well other cities, by the White House to aid Mr Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Republican Jim Jordan, ranking member of the committee, played an eight-minute video montage of news reports showing protesters violently clashing with police during ongoing nationwide protests against racism and police brutality as members of the media and prominent Democrats call the protesters “peaceful.”

“We are on the defense,” Mr Barr told the committee. “We are not out looking for trouble,” he said, adding that federal police are not attempting to “suppress demonstrators”.

“In the wake of George Floyd’s death, violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims,” said Mr Barr.

He also defended the controversial June 1 clearing of a protest outside the White House that allowed Mr Trump to hold a photo op at a church, and the prosecutions of Trump associates that have been criticized as lenient.

Portland plans on fining feds $2,000 /hour that fence stays up protecting courthouse

PORTLAND, OR.- In the days and weeks that followed after the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, groups of people began protesting across the United States for what they perceive and are being told is systemic racism in policing. 

Unfortunately, some of the people involved in the protests saw an opportunity to riot and attack police. 

Since May 29th, the federal courthouse in Portland has been attacked in one form or another by people either wanting to destroy the building or simply vandalize the structure.  Officers, both federal and local, who have been placed there to defend it have also been attacked on numerous occasions. 

This led to the erection of a strong fence, designed to keep protesters away from the property and give a buffer to those protecting it. 

Those that wish to attack officers and the building are unhappy and have demanded it be torn down, and the City of Portland agrees, claiming it was built in a bike lane and is fining the US government $500 every 15 minutes that it is standing. Good luck collecting that. 

Portland’s argument is simple. They cannot refute that the fence is in place to protect the building and the officers, however they have to find a way to justify removing it in order to keep the protesters and rioters happy. 

So they pointed out that the fence is blocking a bicycle lane, which is most likely not even being used due to the mass protests and riots that have been occurring since May. 

Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly advised that the United States government owes “$192,000 and counting.”

According to the Washington Times, Eudaly said:

“The fence has become the focal point of nightly protests as ongoing marches and demonstrations devoted to racial justice and curbing police violence escalated in recent days with the arrival of federal law enforcement teams.” 

Given the current climate, it does not appear that the fence will come down anytime soon. If a court orders the government to pay fines related to the fence, which serves to enhance public safety as well as the security of the facility, the federal government will certainly appeal.

Eudaly, like many other Democrat leaders as well as the mainstream media, keeps parroting the line that there is systemic racism in policing.

They claim that all officers are bad, they actively hunt after people of color in hopes that they can attack them, take away their rights without cause, and kill them, even if they are unarmed. 

There are plenty of people who believe this lie instead of fact checking the information themselves.  The Washington Post, which is as Democrat leaning as they get, has a database which keeps track of all officer involved deaths in the United States.

That database shows that in 2019, 1,003 people were shot and killed by police Of those, 250 were black and 405 were white.  In cases of unarmed persons shot by police, 25 were white, 14 were black. 

The database in itself does not present the facts and circumstances of each case, however analysis has been done which showed that out of those cases studied, only three were found to have been not justified. In all those cases, the officers were arrested.

However based on just the numbers alone, the facts show that the allegation that all cops are racist, that there is systemic racism in policing, is simply not supported by the facts. As a matter of fact, blacks have a greater chance of being struck and killed by lightning than they do being killed by an officer, regardless of justification. 

Regardless of the facts, violent attacks have and will continue to occur across the country and enhancing the existing fence around the federal courthouse in Portland was necessary to protect the lives of everyone there, as well as to protect federal property, which the federal government has every right to do.

Even with the fencing in place, rioters have thrown firebombs, Molotov cocktails, professional-grade fireworks and other weapons at officers on a nightly basis.  Three federal officers may have suffered permanent vision damage thanks to the rioters shining commercial grade lasers in their eyes. 

In spite the chance of getting injured, these police officers line up every day to protect the federal courthouse building with no thanks from the feckless mayor of Portland. In fact, Democrats refuse to even acknowledge that the violence is taking place, which is the ultimate outrage. 

 If the city of Portland refuses to protect buildings and their citizens, should they actually have the right to collect money from those that are willing to do so? Try billing Black Lives Matter. They’re rolling in cash these days.

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PORTLAND, OR – The good news is that she is up for re-election. The other good news is that Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum failed in her bid to “protect” rioters from federal agents sent by President Trump to restore order in Portland.

On Friday, a petition filed by Rosenblum in U.S. District Court to prevent the arrest of rioters by federal agents was denied. According to presiding Judge Michael Mosman, the state “lacked standing to sue on behalf of protesters.”

According to Rosenblum’s Petition against Authoritarianism, found on her website:

“Federal agents are targeting Oregonians taking a stand against police brutality and racism.”

Apparently, she thinks that “taking a stand” includes attempting to break into a police station and then attacking responding officers when they emerge from the building? 

Are they still protesting “police brutality” in the death of George Floyd? If so, apparently the arrest and firing of all four officers involved isn’t enough.

To really make their point against brutality, “peaceful protesters” have seen fit to brutalize the people, architecture, businesses, and property of their neighbors in Portland.

It’s become so bad that one local reports said:

“I don’t know if I’ll ever come downtown again.”

Is that really the image protesters want to send?

For finer sentiments, there is 1-800-flowers, but for these protesters, they come across as the Dial-a-Devil crowd. How else do you describe people who come out night after night, ignoring curfews and police orders so that they can destroy public property, loot stores, burn buildings, and physically assault anyone that stands in their way, including police officers?

It’s gotten so much worse than bad, that neighboring Idaho wants to change their border with Oregon to absorb rural Oregonians who have grown sick of the lawlessness in the Portland area.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum might think that the way to protest “racism” is to destroy everything in sight, but to some, that isn’t a good image. It’s a bit like an arrested mobster protesting his arrest by initiating a gang war. It doesn’t make him look sincere or virtuous. Insane, violent and malevolent maybe, but not virtuous.

Rosenblum seeks to protect dangerous rioters by misidentifying them as “protesters,” or even more misleading, “peaceful protesters.”

The idea behind a “peaceful protest” is that the people’s right to engage in one may not be abridged, thanks to Constitutional protections. This creates a terrifically effective cover for people who want to riot for the purpose of wanton destruction, insurrection, treason, and murder.

All they need to do is create a non-violent cover act for their riot, then express surprise when their “peaceful protest” somehow turned violent—every night for sixty nights in a row.

It must be a real mystery why this happens to some of these folks, but outside observers might be forgiven for thinking that the “peaceful protest” and the riots that inevitably follow are causally connected.

Another peculiarity is that to protest the death of one African-American man, rioters have caused the deaths of dozens of other black men in addition to people of other races, genders, and age groups. It is a bit of a Perry Mason moment, as if an innocent party with a personal interest in the victim of a heinous murder, stood up in court and shot everyone in the audience.

Except, that never happens in Perry Mason. A Quentin Tarantino movie perhaps, but not Perry Mason.

One would think that an attorney general of Ellen Rosenblum’s stature and gravitas could tell the difference.

Luckily, U.S. District Court judge Michael Mosman ruled against Rosenblum, thus allowing federal troops to do what Rosenblum’s office has so far prohibited: defend the people of Portland against violent, lawless, anarchists.

The last time I looked, that is what law enforcement is for, not to perversely invert laws against the police so that violent agitators can fully demolish a city before moving on to the next.

When those rioters made the choice to join a mob and raise their hands against their neighbors, they lost every right to call themselves decent or honorable, let alone “peaceful.”

Remember, Rosenblum is up for re-election in November. If Portland hasn’t burned to the ground by then, you might want to vote.

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