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Portland fining feds $500 every 15 minutes for fence around part of courthouse under attack by rioters — because it blocks a bike lane

Portland is fining the federal government $500 every 15 minutes that a fence stays up around part of the federal courthouse under attack by rioters — because the fence blocks a bike lane, the
Oregonian reported.

What are the details?

The fence has been a nightly focal point as rioters have been knocking it down, cutting through it, and climbing over it in order to get to the courthouse entrance.

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Federal officers have been guarding the courthouse for weeks and pushing back against rioters’ use of explosives, firecrackers, lasers, and other weapons.

Image source: YouTube screenshot

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly made the announcement Tuesday about the fine — which is the maximum charge allowed, the outlet said.

Eudaly, who oversees the transportation bureau, told the Oregonian that the federal government hasn’t responded to her demand to remove the fence and that the bill is now $192,000 “and counting.”

“We intend to collect,” Eudaly, who is running for reelection, said in a tweeted statement, the outlet said. Eudaly also referred to the forces at the courthouse as “federal occupiers,” the Oregonian added.

According to the bureau’s rules, a $500 fee for obstructing the public right of way without a permit can be levied every 15 minutes, hourly, daily, weekly or monthly, the outlet said, adding that Eudaly said she opted for the maximum fine and also is investigating “other legal remedies.”

Eudaly told the Oregonian that transportation crews normally would “remove such an obstruction” but that she won’t “send workers into harm’s way” to get it done.

“Yes, I am afraid to direct workers to do their job and enforce our laws against the federal government — I hope that gives everyone reading this pause,” she added to the outlet.

Here’s a look at what the bicyclists are missing. (Content warning: Language):

59th night of rioting in Portland; courthouse fence pulled down

Anything else?

On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed that his department has struck a deal with Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to withdraw federal officers from Portland if the state steps up efforts to tamp down riots in the city.

Brown also confirmed the news Wednesday, announcing that additional Oregon State Police will be ordered to protect the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse from violent rioters in the city.

The New York Times reported that federal officers will begin leaving the city Thursday, but Wolf said no federal officers now stationed in the city will be withdrawn until his department is assured that the state has taken adequate steps to quell the violence.

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White House reportedly tells Oregon governor: We’ll remove federal officers when you step up efforts to quash violence

A senior White House official reportedly told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the Trump administration has started talks with Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s office about removing federal officers from Portland — but only if the state steps up its own enforcement efforts.

According to the AP, the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stressed that talks with the governor are in the early stages and no agreement currently exists.

Neither Brown nor Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) have confirmed the news publicly.

What’s the background?

The Trump administration deployed federal officers to Portland earlier this month in response to violent riots in the city that have now raged on for 62 consecutive days. That violence continued Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning as federal officers again used tear gas to disperse protesters.

Much of the violence has been centered on the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in the city, where federal officers and rioters have faced off for weeks with rioters using mortars, lasers, rocks, bottles, and more to attack law enforcement. Reports surfaced last week that at least three federal officers may have been permanently blinded after being attacked with high intensity lasers.

In recent days, rioters have also been tossing Molotov cocktails at federal officers guarding the courthouse. A readout from the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday stated: “Rioters continue to throw hard projectiles, commercial-grade, mortar-style fireworks, and Molotov cocktails over the fence in their unabated efforts to harm federal officers and destroy federal property.”

Anything else?

News of the alleged talks comes shortly after the U.S. Marshals Service and Department of Homeland Security had decided to send an additional 100 officers to Portland, according to internal emails obtained by the Washington Post.

Administration officials are also reportedly considering deployment of an additional 50 Customs and Border Protection officers to the city.

Democratic leaders have condemned the move to send federal officers to the city, arguing that their addition has only stoked more anger and chaos from protesters. Meanwhile, the Democratic leaders have also continued to refuse to acknowledge that two months of criminal violence is a problem.

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Democratic candidate says she laughed repeatedly at video of officer hit in face by projectile — and withdraws from race amid outcry

A Democratic candidate for an Illinois county board has withdrawn from the race after backlash over her tweet saying she laughed repeatedly at a video showing a law enforcement officer hit in the face by a projectile, the
Chicago Tribune reported.

What are the details?

Hadiya Afzal, 20 — who won the March primary for the DuPage County board’s District 4 seat — wrote on Twitter, “I’ve been watching this on repeat for fifteen minutes and laughing every single time,” the paper said.

The video in question shows what appears to be an officer at a protest throwing an object off-screen while behind a barricade wall and then recoiling after getting hit in the face by a projectile, the Tribune said.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called Afzal’s tweet “hateful & sick.”

Cruz reacted to a tweet from conservative journalist Andy Ngo who said the video was from the Portland riots, the paper reported. The leftist rioters have been at it nightly for about two months and have been attacking a federal courthouse as well as federal officers using explosive devices and lasers that have left some agents blinded.

What happened next?

The Tribune said that after extensive online criticism, Afzal on Sunday night tweeted: “My post was in poor taste and doesn’t reflect the values I was raised with and hold dear. I do not support or condone violence in any form. I appreciate and support the role that law enforcement plays in keeping our communities safe. I sincerely apologize for the irresponsible tweet.”

But on her Facebook page, Afzal said the attention her tweet generated included “a wave of coordinated racist, sexist, and Islamaphobic harassment against me,” the paper noted.

“I do not condone violence in any form, and indeed have been one of many voices calling for policy changes to our policing problems today,” she wrote, according to the Tribune. “The specific related video showed a federal officer throwing a water bottle at unarmed protesters, unprovoked, and having it returned seconds later. I regret the comment and apologize to any individuals hurt by the remark. I do believe, however, that we must continue to push back against extrajudicial encroachment in municipal matters by the federal government and as a candidate for county board, I only want the safest possible life for every resident in District 4.”

Afzal — who said she is Muslim and wears a hijab — told the paper in a Monday interview that she’s been threatened numerous times, critics have posted the address of relatives, and she was afraid for her safety.

She said she dropped out of the race after a recommendation by the local Democratic Party and didn’t want to be a “distraction” from the November election, the Tribune said, adding that Afzal won a primary and lost the general election for a county board seat in 2018.

What did the local Democratic Party have to say?

Democratic Party of DuPage Chair Cynthia Borbas said in a statement that the party “strongly condemns” Afzal’s original tweet but added in an interview that some criticisms of Afzal “crossed the line” and were Islamaphobic and unacceptable, the paper said.

Democratic precinct committee members will vote in mid-August for a replacement on the ballot, Borbas told the Tribune.

What did the Republican she was to face in the election have to say?

Afzal would have been running against incumbent Republican Tim Elliott for the board seat, the paper said. And while Elliott — a civil litigation attorney — condemned Afzal’s original tweet, he also took issue with many of the comments attacking her, the Tribune noted.

“On all sides, we need to stop this,” Elliott told the paper. “Does everyone want to be judged by the worst or dumbest email they send? It’s destructive, it results in extremism and kills legitimate conversation. It hurts our ability to compromise.”

Here’s an Afzal campaign video when she ran for the board in 2018:

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Democratic House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says Antifa violence in Portland is a ‘myth’ — and gets absolutely savaged for it

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), chairman of House Judiciary Committee, said Antifa violence in Portland, Oregon, taking place night after night — and documented in numerous videos and news reports — is a “myth.”

What are the details?

Journalist Austen Fletcher — better known as @fleccas on
Twitter — caught up to Nadler on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk Sunday, and while video rolled asked him, “Do you disavow the violence from Antifa that’s happening in Portland right now? There’s riots —”

“That’s a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, D.C.,” Nadler replied.

“About Antifa in Portland?” Fletcher asked again.

“Yes,” the New York congressman responded.

As the incredible exchange was going down, another person, presumably an aide, stepped into the video frame to whisk Nadler into a waiting vehicle.

“Sir, there’s videos everywhere online,” Fletcher called out as Nadler departed in silence. “There’s fires and riots, they’re throwing fireworks at federal officers. DHS is there. Look online. It gets crazy, Mr. Nadler.”

Afterward Fletcher remarked, “Yeah, Antifa’s a myth in Portland. Meanwhile, the whole city’s on fire, and they’re trying to burn down the courthouse.”

Here’s the clip:

How did folks respond?

As you might guess, Nadler’s claim wasn’t received too well. Donald Trump Jr. weighed in saying, “It’s a myth other than hundreds of hours of video and dozens of injured police officers”:

Others voiced similar sentiments:

Last month U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) — the Judiciary Committee’s top Republican — blasted Nadler for calling Antifa “imaginary.”

“They’re not imaginary, they’re real,” Jordan said, adding that “to have the chair of the Judiciary Committee, on the House floor, say … these words … ‘imaginary things like Antifa.’ They are far from imaginary. And there are people in every major city in this country who know that, and yet the chair of the Judiciary Committee just made that statement. That is scary.”

Gabriel Nadales, a former Antifa militant,
said Nadler’s “imaginary” claim is “false.”

“I mean, the only thing that’s imaginary here is Representative Nadler’s sense of justice,” Nadales told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “I mean, the protests I attended … weren’t imaginary. Also, the windows that I regrettably broke, they weren’t imaginary. Yet every single time that we have left-wing politicians … that deny and ignore and even justify Antifa violence, it’s only going to continue to grow.”

Anything else?

What began as protests over George Floyd’s killing in late May has shifted in Portland to nightly mayhem courtesy of Antifa and Black Lives Matter militants who attack police, set fires, destroy property, and roam the streets
looking to intimidate all those who get in their way.

On Sunday night Portland police responded to reports of gunfire in Lownsdale Square Park, where many of the protesters have been encamped, and
found a bag full of loaded rifle magazines and molotov cocktails. BlazeTV host Elijah Schaffer said Antifa militants have been using fake press badges to confuse police and the few members of the real press there to cover the rioting.

And despite Nadler’s claims that Antifa violence is a “myth” and Antifa’s existence is “imaginary,” evidence to the contrary is
overwhelming. From President Donald Trump saying the U.S. would declare Antifa a terrorist organization to Jeremiah Ellison — a Minneapolis city councilman and the son of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison — declaring his support for Antifa in response to Trump, Antifa certainly appears to be all too real.

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Protesters march to DHS Secretary Chad Wolf’s home to demand no more federal officers be deployed

A group of protesters demonstrated outside acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf’s home in Alexandria, Va., Sunday, demanding that no more federal officers be deployed to quell riots in the country.

What are the details?

The Trump administration opted to deploy federal officers to Portland recently after protests in the city turned violent.

The protesters at Wolf’s home were allegedly part of “ShutDownDC,” the same group that stalked Trump administration officials years ago to protest family separation policies at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Daily Wire reported.

The group boasted on social media Sunday, tweeting: “We visited Chad Wolf this morning to tell him to send his thugs home and to support our friends in Portland, at the border, and across the country … Chad’s neighbors joined us — awkward!” reporter Julio Rosas posted pictures and videos of the demonstration on Twitter, which show dozens gathered with signs that said “Resist Trump’s Troops” and “No More Teargas.”

“We know there are no career consequences for these men and women. We know there are no financial consequences for these men and women. We know there are no legal consequences for these men and women. We must make social consequences for these men and women,” one protester, who appeared to be a neighborhood resident, is heard saying in a video.

“We must make it uncomfortable for them. We will not be good Germans. We will not be the people who sat by and watched our neighbors commit these atrocities and said nothing because their kids were home,” she added.

Wolf has been critical of rioters in Portland who have engaged in repeated and dangerous attacks on federal officers in the city.

“They’re coming armed with rocks, bottles, baseball bats, power tools, commercial grade fireworks, eliciting that violence and targeting their violence on federal courthouses and federal law enforcement officers,” he said on Sunday.

It was a pretty ‘low effort’ affair

Newsweek reported that it was unclear whether Wolf was even at home during the protests, which started at around 10:15 a.m. on Sunday and dissipated shortly before noon and appeared to consist of roughly 30 people.

One protester complained that “if we had more notice about the event … a lot more people would be standing in the street right now.”

Ian Miles Cheong called it “some low effort protesting” while posting a video of the group tiredly chanting, “How do you spell fascist? DHS.”

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Nancy Pelosi calls federal officers ‘stormtroopers’; Chuck Schumer says Trump order is un-American

Democratic leaders used very strong terms when they decried the order by President Donald Trump to send federal troops to various U.S. cities to help quell violence from protests and rioting.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took turns condemning the action in a media briefing on Thursday.

“Police officers, any federal officers, have to have ID [stating] where they’re from and what their name is, and more importantly if they go off federal property itself and patrol streets or anything else, they have to get the permission of the executive in charge, mayor or governor,” Schumer said.

“President Trump always likes diversions,” he continued. “He’s miserable failing at testing. He’s miserable failing at contract tracing. He’s miserable failing at getting the economy going. He’s miserable failing on the greatest crisis that America has and the American people know it, so he tries a diversion.”

Pelosi used a term referring to the political militia of the Nazi regime when describing U.S. federal officers.

“It’s very very important. The use of stormtroopers under the guise of law and order that is a tactic that is not appropriate to our country in any way,” Pelosi said.

“It’s so un-American what is happening,” interrupted Schumer.

“It’s so in keeping with Third-World countries and dictatorships, you haul someone off the streets, don’t tell them who you are, why you’re doing it, et cetera,” he added.

“It’s also unconstitutional,” he concluded.

Schumer was referring to unmarked masked federal agents arresting people in the streets of Portland, Oregon, on the order of the president. One such incident was captured on video and spurred critics of the regime to compare the act to dictatorships where dissidents “disappeared” from the streets.

Others questioned the constitutional issues surrounding the order after some mayors and governors made public declarations against receiving aid from federal officers.

Pelosi faced criticism on social media when she used the same term on Friday to describe the federal officers.

“Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti,” tweeted Pelosi.

“These are not the actions of a democratic republic,” she tweeted.

Not all local authorities refused the help. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would coordinate local efforts with the federal officers after the president spoke to her personally on the phone.

Here’s the video of the comments from Schumer and Pelosi:

Pelosi, Schumer decry federal agents in Portland

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DHS Deputy Secretary reveals what’s REALLY happening to ‘kidnapped’ protesters in Portland

Acting Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinelli, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday. He came prepared to expose the leftist lies and detail the truth about what’s really going on with federal agents in Portland, Oregon.

Cuccinelli made it clear that claims of federal agents in unmarked cars ”
kidnapping” Portland protesters from the streets are patently false. Rather, agents are protecting federal buildings in a lawful, safe, and constitutional manner.

“There are four federal agencies [in Portland] protecting the federal property. Three of them are from the Department of Homeland Security. The U.S. Marshals is the fourth, they guard the inside of the courthouse,” explained Cuccinelli.

He went on to explain that a little known division of the DHS, called the Federal Protective Service, protects thousands of federal properties across the country, and has been protecting the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland since it was built in 1997.

“This is not a new mission. It’s a 24/7, 365 mission. We’ve been there from the beginning of this courthouse being built, and the birth of the Department of Homeland Security,” Cuccinelli said.

“Our officers have bravely and resolutely done their duty and done their job to protect their facilities and people using them, and each other, of course,” he continued. “And with respect to the cars, we do use unmarked cars. I almost laughed when I heard [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi making this ‘accusation.’ Maybe she should check the San Francisco Police Department.
You will find that every single law enforcement agency of any size in America uses unmarked vehicles, because they’re safer for the officers and they’re more effective for the mission.
And we’re not grabbing people off the street.
The only people that we detain are people that match descriptions of offenders or who were just caught in the act.”

Watch the video below for more details:

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MSNBC analyst pushes bizarre conspiracy theory over Trump sending federal officers to riots

MSNBC analyst John Heilemann pushed a bizarre conspiracy theory Thursday about President Donald Trump’s decision to send federal officers to quell riots in Portland, Oregon, and other cities.

Heilemann said on “Morning Joe” that the president was using the law enforcement order as a trial balloon for using federal troops to stay in power should he lose the election in November.

“So, undermining a form of voting that we know is going to be more important in 2020 than ever, because of coronavirus, telling us that he’s not necessarily prepared to accept the result of the election, using federal forces against peaceful protesters outside the White House and now in Portland,” said Heilemann. “And increasingly encroaching on the state policing power, you know, they’re trying to make it sound like Chicago is going to be different but he’s setting precedents now.”

The president has faced criticism after it was reported that many local governments rejected the offer of help from federal law enforcement but Trump decided to send officers anyway. Some argued that this was a breach of the balance of power between the states and the federal government.

“This is what would happen if you were an authoritarian president who was preparing to resist a loss in the election, you would be saying the things Donald Trump is saying and you would be gradually rolling out federal police power into the states, against the wishes of the mayors and governors in question,” continued Heilemann.

He went on to cite Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) who said that Trump’s order was unconstitutional and that it might lead to martial law being declared.

“This is how it would happen, this is how the movie would play out and anybody who is not looking at this with a state of alarm and concern and worried about, is this president going to employ formally martial law at some point, as Ron Wyden suggested yesterday, is that on the president’s mind?” Heilemann asked.

“Is there anybody having watching Donald Trump for the last three and half years who doesn’t think that Donald Trump would try to employ martial law if he thought that was the only way to stay in power. I ask you Joe, is there anybody who’s sensible who comes on this show, who doesn’t think that’s possible?!” he concluded.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has been a vehement critic of the federal order, agreed to accept federal agents’ help with law enforcement efforts in Chicago after a phone call with the president.

Here’s the video of Heilemann’s comments:

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Leftist Portland mayor tries chatting with leftist rioters who’ve been burning down his city — and they shred him to bits

One would think that when Democrat Ted Wheeler — the far-left mayor of far-left Portland, Oregon — takes to the streets to speak to a throng of amped-up left-wing rioters, their common ideologies would win the day, and Wheeler would make a little dent in the universe.

But once again, the left dined upon one of their own.

Members of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s security staff fight to close a door to The Portland Building after protesters followed and heckled the mayor when he left a protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 22, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Thing is, these particular leftists have been burning down Portland night after night for nearly two months, trying to breach and set fire to a federal courthouse, destroying property, attacking police, and intimidating and beating up just about anybody who makes the mistake of getting in their way.

So it was no surprise that Wheeler on Wednesday night got the same nasty reception that
left-wing Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey received in when he ventured into the leftist lions’ den of protesters and rioters who torched his city in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

What are the details?

As Wheeler walked into the crowds for what he deemed a “listening session,” some threw objects toward him while others called for his resignation, chanting, “Tear Gas Teddy,” the
New York Times said.

Others called his arrival in the streets of Portland a photo op, the Times added.

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tear gas actually hit Wheeler, some mocked him and asked how it felt, the paper noted.

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“I’m not going to lie. It stings. It’s hard to breathe,” Wheeler said regarding the tear gas deployed by the feds. “And I can tell you with 100% honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.”

Wheeler added that federal officers were guilty of an “egregious overreaction” and that it only managed to “piss everybody off even more. It made people angry.” Wheeler likened the feds’ “urban warfare” to kicking “a hornets’ nest.”

Wheeler also pointed his crosshairs at President Donald Trump: “And it’s being brought on the people of this country by the president of the United States, and it’s got to stop now.”

Still, a white mother observed that Wheeler only showed up to the protests after other white mothers attending the demonstrations over the weekend were tear-gassed,
USA Today reported.

“A lot of these people hate my guts,” Wheeler said in an interview, according to the Times.

He was booed, he was cursed out, he was shouted down, he was harassed. “F*** Ted Wheeler!” one leftist shouted out before adding that the mayor is a “f***ing fascist!”

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But the Times said he still spent three hours there and even managed to draw cheers when he demanded that the federal government “stop occupying our city.”

It’s fair to say, however, that the show of support may have been a minority view.

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At least three federal officers may be permanently blind after Portland rioters attacked them with lasers

At least three federal officers deployed to Portland, Oregon, may have been permanently blinded after rioters shined high intensity lasers in their eyes and launched fireworks at a federal courthouse in the city.

Protests have continued to rage in the city for more than 50 consecutive days since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May, prompting President Trump to deploy federal officers to help quell the chaos, a move opposed by Democratic state and local leaders.

Many of the demonstrations have turned violent as groups of rioters have engaged in standoffs with law enforcement, attacking officers with mortars, lasers, rocks, and bottles.

Deputy Director of Federal Protective Service, Richard “Kriss” Cline, told reporters Tuesday that a crowd of more than 1,000 “rioters” surrounded the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse on Monday and began tearing plywood barriers down and throwing objects at officers inside.

The rioters also allegedly graffitied the building, blocked roadways, and lit several fires in the area.

According to Cline, when officers responded to put out the fires, lasers that can cause permanent blindness were shined in their eyes.

“We have three officers who currently have eye injuries and they may not recover sight in those eyes from those laser attacks,” Cline said in the news conference.

You can watch the news conference below. Cline’s remarks begin at the 15:00 mark.

DHS/CBP Press Conference July 21, 2020

Cline said that FPS has now purchased anti-laser glasses to protect the officers’ eyes.

He added that seven arrests were made on Monday night and early morning Tuesday, two for assaults on federal officers and five others on misdemeanor charges.

Also during the news conference, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf took aim at the city of Portland for its apparent disinterest in quelling the violence.

“These individuals carried lasers, baseball bats, explosive fireworks, metal pipes, glass bottles, accelerants, and other weapons all targeting federal facilities and federal law enforcement,” Wolf said. “And yet the city of Portland takes little to no action.”

Federal officers have been active in Portland since earlier this month despite resistance from Democratic officials.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), who represents the city, argued in the face of facts that “Portland, Oregon, is not out of control,” but rather there are simply “some people who have strong feelings.”

Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler has also criticized Trump for sending federal officers to the city, calling the move “a blatant abuse of police tactics by the federal government” and arguing that the presence of federal officers has “sharply escalat[ed] the situation.”

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‘Help is on its way’: Trump orders federal officers to Chicago to fight the city’s ‘rampage of violence’

President Donald Trump announced that he ordered federal troops to Chicago, Illinois, in order to fight the surge of violence in recent weeks.

The president made the announcement on Wednesday at the White House East Room.

“No citizens have suffered more from the menace of violent crime than the wonderful people of Chicago, a city I know very well,” said Trump.

“At least 414 people have been murdered in the city this year, a roughly 50% increase over last year. More than 1,900 people have been shot. These are numbers that aren’t even to be believed. Yesterday alone 23 people were shot in Chicago including at least 15 who were shot in a merciless onslaught of gunfire outside a funeral home,” he continued.

“Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 80 people were shot and at least 12 people were killed,” the president added before recounting more statistics of the horrific violence in Chicago.

“Behind each of these horrifying statistics is a victim, a family, a loved one, a life cruelly shattered and it’s so sad to see and so sad to look and so sad to see how these lives have been been just torn apart,” he continued.

The president offered comfort to the families of victims of violence that were invited to the White House announcement.

“I am announcing that the Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago,” said the president.

“The FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime,” Trump added. “And murderers and violent criminals are breaking a wide range of federal laws, we have that, it’s as wide as it can be. We will find them, arrest them and prosecute them, they will be in jail for many years to come.”

The president has faced criticism after he sent federal officers to Portland, Oregon, to help quell the violence erupting from protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Among the critics were Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler who said the order was “a blatant abuse of police tactics by the federal government,” and accused the officers of escalating the violence.

“For those people in Chicago and other cities where we’ll be, help is on its way,” the president said.

Here’s the announcement from the president:

Trump announces ‘surge’ of federal officers into cities ‘plagued’ by violence

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Feds tackle rioters, hit them with batons, force them to run away from battered Portland courthouse they were trying to break into

After rioters in Portland, Oregon, tried yet again to break into the boarded-up and battered federal courthouse that’s been a target for well over a month, federal officers aggressively cleared out the leftists from in front of the building.

What are the details?

The video shows one officer tackling two rioters at once from behind while others around them scatter — and then that same officer shoves to the sidewalk one of the rioters he’d just brought down and then takes a swing at another leftist, who wisely runs off. The officer then moves to the left down the sidewalk and shoves another rioter away.

The video pans backward showing other officers moving in and one them firing at rioters multiple rounds of what presumably are pepper balls, rubber bullets, or some other form of non-lethal munitions.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

Soon officers cross the street, further pushing back the rioters as one officer whacks a rioter with a baton while another violently shoves a rioter to the sidewalk and against a pole.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

The video of the federal officers’ pushback is preceded by a clip showing rioters taking turns pummeling the entrance of the courthouse with a metal object:

Here are a couple of other videos showing the action before the federal officers took control:

How did viewers react to the clip of federal officers using force against the rioters?

Numerous Twitter users reacted to Andy Ngo’s tweet highlighting the video, and many couldn’t have been happier:

  • “That was a VICIOUS takedown,” one person reacted. “Look at all the little gnats run away.”
  • “Shields don’t work when you get flanked, young rioter,” another observed.
  • “This is encouraging,” another said. “It is difficult to understand how so many people in Portland can be infected with this insanity.”
  • “That just made my morning!” another said. “They need to be arrested federally. None of this catch & release BS.”
  • “Damn they really scattered like roaches in the night when you turn on the light,” another said.
  • “If you’ve never had to put down a riot before ( I have), second guessing everything is the easy part,” another advised. “Violence doesn’t look pretty, but these people have decided the only way they’ll stop is to get their ass kicked. So they got their ass kicked!”

Anything else?

Amid the actions by federal officers in Portland, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has raised concerns about them doing so in other U.S. cities in camouflage uniforms similar to those troops wear in war zones, his spokesperson said Tuesday, Politico reported.

Esper has urged efforts to more clearly distinguish between the two, the outlet added, citing Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesperson.

“We saw this take place back in June when there were some law enforcement that wear uniforms that make them appear military in appearance,” Hoffman said, according to Politico. Esper has told administration officials that “we want a system where people can tell the difference,” the outlet added.

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Oregon Democratic lawmaker says Portland riots are ‘not out of control,’ some people just have ‘strong feelings’

A Democratic congressman representing Portland, Oregon, said the riots in the city — which have gone on for over 50 consecutive days and have resulted in police being attacked with mortars, lasers, clubs, and bottles — are “not out of control.”

Rather, there are simply “some people who have strong feelings,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer said Tuesday during a floor speech in Washington, D.C.

“Portland, Oregon, is not out of control. To be sure there are some people who have strong feelings,” Blumenauer said. “There are some who have done things that are inappropriate and unlawful, but that is the challenge of our local officials and our state officials to manage it, not having somebody unwelcome, uninvited, and unprepared coming in to take this difficult situation and make it worse.”

What’s the background?

Protests in Portland have raged for nearly two months since the death of George Floyd over Memorial Day weekend in Minneapolis, often devolving into violent chaos.

Much of the violence has surrounded the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in the city, where protesters have graffitied the building, torn down fencing, and lit fires for weeks. Lately, rioters have assaulted officers attempting to defend the building using fireworks and high intensity lasers, injuring some.

Over the weekend, Portland police said “dozens of people with shields, helmets, gas masks, umbrellas, bats, and hockey sticks approached the doors” of the courthouse.

Police Superintendent David Brown said that 49 officers were injured during the riots on Friday. Eighteen officers were sent to the hospital, including one who suffered a broken eye socket when an explosive thrown toward police detonated.

Yet Democrats refuse help

Yet during the speech, Blumenauer joined fellow Democratic leaders in arguing against President Trump sending federal officers to the city to quell the riots.

The president, viewing some of the protesters as anarchists and agitators, ordered federal officers to the city in recent weeks.

Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler slammed the move calling it “a blatant abuse of police tactics by the federal government” and has argued that the presence of federal officers has “sharply escalat[ed] the situation.”

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) added: “Trump and [Secretary of Homeland Security] Chad Wolf are weaponizing the DHS as their own occupying army to provoke violence on the streets of my hometown because they think it plays well with right-wing media.”

Even the state’s Democratic governor has chimed in, tweeting, “This is a democracy, not a dictatorship. We cannot have secret police abducting people in unmarked vehicles. I can’t believe I have to say that to the President of the United States.”

The “secret police” allegedly “abducting people” are U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and Customs and Border Protection’s BORTAC officers deployed to protect federal property.

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Portland’s Dem mayor attempts to blame Trump for ongoing violence — then immediately gets fact checked

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, attempted to blame the federal government for enflaming tensions in Portland — but immediately got fact checked.

During a press conference with local media on Friday, Wheeler claimed that rhetoric from President Donald Trump and other top government officials, along with intervention from federal law enforcement officers, has enflamed violence in the City of Roses after, as the mayor claimed, local officials had quelled protesters.

“The feds came in, on the heels of some really inflammatory public messaging coming out of Washington, D.C., from the president directly, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, they blew the whole thing back up again,” Wheeler claimed.

“So, in one day, we saw the numbers escalate, we saw new people coming to Portland from out of state,” he added. “This whole situation is now blowing up as a result of the tactics being used by the federal government.”

But a reporter on the call pointed out that local officials have failed to stop the ongoing violence that has plagued Portland for nearly two months.

“The federal government says that they wouldn’t have had to into the city if city leaders had gotten a handle on the riots,” the reporter said. “You say that we can handle it better than the feds can, but we haven’t heard or seen a plan to stop the vandalism or the riots, even prior to the federal government, or federal officers, getting into town.”

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, clandestine officers belonging to the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and Customs and Border Protection’s BORTAC were deployed in Portland to protect federal property.

In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said:

While the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) respects every American’s right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated. Violent anarchists have organized events in Portland over the last several weeks with willful intent to damage and destroy federal property, as well as injure federal officers and agents. These criminal actions will not be tolerated.

CBP agents had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaults against federal agents or destruction of federal property. Once CBP agents approached the suspect, a large and violent mob moved towards their location. For everyone’s safety, CBP agents quickly moved the suspect to a safer location for further questioning. The CBP agents identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter. The names of the agents were not displayed due to recent doxing incidents against law enforcement personnel who serve and protect our country.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components will continue to work tirelessly to reestablish law and order. The Federal Protective Service (FPS) is the lead government agency that CBP personnel are supporting. CBP personnel have been deployed to Portland in direct support of the Presidential Executive Order and the newly established DHS Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT). CBP law enforcement personnel have been trained and cross designated under FPS legal authority 40 U.S.C. § 1315.

The Oregon Department of Justice has since filed a lawsuit against several federal agencies over what they claim are civil rights abuses.

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Mysterious clandestine officers snatch protesters off streets in Portland: ‘Kidnapping protesters’

Mysterious law enforcement officers triggered outrage in Portland this week after social media videos showed what appeared to be military soldiers snatch protesters off streets and take them away in unmarked vehicles without explanation.

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, the clandestine officers belong to the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and Customs and Border Protection’s BORTAC. They were deployed to protect federal property as violent protests continue in Portland every day.

The officers have been operating in the city since at least July 14, according to OPB.

One protester who was arrested, Mark Pettibone, recounted his experience with the Washington Post.

From the Post:

He was detained and searched. One man asked him if he had any weapons; he did not. They drove him to the federal courthouse and placed him in a holding cell. Two officers eventually returned to read his Miranda rights and ask if he would waive those rights to answer a few questions; he did not.

Pettibone said he still does not know who arrested him or whether what happened to him legally qualifies as an arrest. The federal officers who snatched him off the street as he was walking home from a peaceful protest did not tell him why he had been detained or provide him any record of an arrest, he told The Post. As far as he knows, he has not been charged with any crimes.

In response, Democrats are lashing out at President Donald Trump.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, called the officer deployment an “absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.”

“This is part of a coordinated strategy of Trump’s White House to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data,” Wheeler claimed, the Post reported.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi likened the clandestine officers to “stormtroopers” who are “kidnapping protesters.”

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Rioting has plagued Portland for six straight weeks — yet leftist mayor’s ‘biggest’ worry is ‘violence federal officers brought to our streets’

Riots have plagued Portland, Oregon, for six straight weeks, Fox News reported.

Here’s a little sample. Content warning: Language:

What began as protests over George Floyd’s killing in late May has metastasized to nightly mayhem courtesy of Antifa and Black Lives Matter militants who attack police, set fires, destroy property, and roam the streets looking to intimidate anybody who gets in their way.

A group of rioters reportedly used mortars and high-intensity lasers targeting officers’ eyes amid a recent attack on a federal courthouse and were found with weapons such as a riot shield, machete, knife, mace, and components for a pipe bomb.

One rioter a few days ago was arrested after allegedly attacking a federal officer with a hammer:

Along the way, businesses have reported $23 million in losses from looting and rioting, Fox News said.

Oh, and just last night militants reportedly tried their hand at another “autonomous zone” outside the federal courthouse:

It would seem actually that Portland’s streets are closer to a war zone.

The mayor has a different view

But Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler said Tuesday he told acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf that his “biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use. We do not need or want their help.”

“The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether,” Wheeler added. “Our goal is to end these violent demonstrations quickly and safely. And in the meantime, I asked him to clean up the graffiti on local federal facilities.”

DHS officers arrived in Portland earlier this month after President Donald Trump’s June 26 executive order to protect monuments, Willamette Week reported, adding that one protester underwent facial reconstructive surgery after a federal officer shot him with a projectile over the weekend.

How are folks reacting to Wheeler pointing the finger at federal officers?

As you might imagine, Wheeler has his supporters in a leftist haven such as Portland — but quite a few others were aghast at the mayor shifting blame to federal officers while his city burns:

  • “You’ve got to be kidding,” one Twitter user opined. “You’re blaming federal agencies to the horrific state of your city? What about Antifa? George Soros? I’m sure you’re pretty familiar with them.”
  • “The only reason federal officers are there [is because] it was absolute mayhem under your ‘leadership,'” another person said.
  • “We need @RudyGiuliani to move to Portland and become the mayor,” another commenter told Wheeler. “He will show you how a real mayor takes care of crime.”
  • “Just going to let your city burn at the hands of anarchists? That’s a bold strategy,” another commenter quipped. “Let’s see how it works out.”
  • “Yeah that’s amazing,” another person noted sarcastically. “Your town was so peaceful and under control until the federal officers came in.”
  • “Your lack of true leadership and ineffectiveness in accepting the assistance that your city needs just shows that it is time for you to step down and let someone who is truly concerned for the actual citizens of your city to step up,” another commenter said.
  • “What about the life threatening tactics used by Antifa against police officers and the people they protect? Any concern?” one person asked Wheeler.
  • “It’s only getting worse under your leadership,” another commenter noted. “Please resign.”