Federal agents who met with protesters in Portland will begin a “phase withdrawal” from downtown from Thursday, Oregon Democratic Government Kate Brown said.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement that he and Brown had been in contact for the past 24 hours and reached a joint plan to end “violence in Portland targeting federal property and law enforcement officials.”
“The plan includes a strong Oregon State Police presence in downtown Portland,” Wolf said. “State and local law enforcement agencies will begin securing real estate and streets, especially those surrounding federal real estate that has been under night attack in the last two months. Oregon State Police will coordinate with Federal Protection Service (FPS) officers to ensure that all federal facilities remain protected and secure. ̵6; “
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The Portland Police Department was banned last week from cooperating with federal law enforcement agencies on new policies unanimously approved by the city council, the Oregonian said.
In a statement, Wolf said President Trump and his administration were consistent in their message that “violent crime” aimed at federal property and law enforcement would not be tolerated and that “state and local leaders must move forward and oversee their communities. “
“The Department of Homeland Security will not relinquish our legal obligation to protect federal police officers and property from such criminal conduct,” he continued.
“President Trump has also made it clear that this administration is ready and willing to work with state and local law enforcement agencies to protect every American – and you see this commitment in Portland with this plan. The ministry and this administration will continue to fulfill their solemn duty to comply with federal laws throughout the country, “said Wolf.
However, Brown accused federal officers of inciting violence and acted as an occupying force in announcing a joint plan to withdraw federal forces from Portland – having previously praised the Black Lives movement.
“After my talks with VP Pence and others, the federal government agreed to withdraw federal officers from Portland. They acted as an occupying force and brought violence. “Tomorrow, all customs and border guards and ICE will leave downtown Portland,” the governor tweeted.
“Our local Oregon police will be downtown to protect the Oregonian right to freedom of speech and maintain peace.” Let us focus on the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice and police accountability. It is time for bold steps to reform police procedures. ‘ “
Tuesday marked the 62nd consecutive night of demonstrations that continued in downtown Portland after the death of Georg Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Portland police officers met with protesters before the weekend of July 4 before federal agents arrived to protect Mark O. Hatfield’s U.S. courthouse, Multnomah County Justice Center and other government buildings.
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Crowds – from hundreds to thousands of people – tried almost every night to destroy a fence built to protect O. Hatfield. They lit a fire and threw fireworks, Molotov cocktails and bricks, stones and bottles at the agents inside. The authorities strengthened the fence this week by placing specific highway barriers around it. Federal officers often respond with tear gas, bullets and impact ammunition.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.