Portland: Street thugs still rioting after feds reduce presence

Portland: Street thugs still rioting after feds reduce presence
The federal courthouse in Portland being set on fire by Antifa/black bloc rioters. Via Twitter/Andy Ngo

[Ed. – Baseline point: the feds haven’t “pulled out.”  They were always there because there are always security forces assigned to federal facilities across the country.  The enhanced security contingent coordinated by DHS has reportedly left, but the Federal Protective Service and the Marshals are still there.  That said, the article’s point is valid.  The feds were never the cause of the rioting.  It started more than 30 days before the enhanced contingent arrived on 2 July.]

President Trump’s agreement with Oregon officials to remove federal agents guarding a federal courthouse in Portland against destructive protests has failed to stop the violent clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement.

On Thursday night, Portland police declared an unlawful assembly outside a precinct and protesters were ordered to leave, after acknowledging concerns about the crowd intending to vandalize and burn the precinct, according to the Associated Press.

The destructive demonstrations and clashes outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse temporarily stopped after an agreement between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Department of Homeland Security that called for agents to start leaving the city’s downtown on July 30.

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However, they have resumed nightly in other parts of the city.

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