As an eighth week of unrest began in Portland, Oregon, the escalation of efforts to control outright violence has been ramped up.
State and local officials have likewise ramped up their public replies to President Trump’s assignment of federal troops to Portland. Federal agents continue to quell public safety threats and minimize property damage; including to some federal buildings
Allegations that the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers are unidentified were answered recently by DHS. Homeland Security indicated that doxing (malicious public disclosure of personal information as home addresses) was the reason for troops not having their name on uniforms. DHS stated CBP identifications were visible on officer’s uniforms.
A police union building was also set ablaze. The union’s website identifies itself as the oldest continuous police and associated workers’ union in the US.
In addition to clear notices, police used Twitter to communicate with protesters to disperse from around the building, and crowd control instruments would be used if necessary.
Protests regarding police brutality have arisen this summer in countless American cities. Even smaller landlocked towns have seen marches and general unrest. However, Portland has been a flash-point in recent months. The far-left cultural and political establishment, and some residents, continue to amplify tensions in the city.
Portland’s protesters had been seeking a reallocation of 50 million dollars from the Portland police budget and massive reforms in education.
On July 8, the Portland Police Union said in a publicly available online press statement, in part that: “A unanimous Portland Police Association Executive Board has no confidence in City Council. We have no confidence that the City Council will stop the rioting and looting and protect the safety and livelihoods of all Portlanders.”
Ted Wheeler, mayor of Portland has repeatedly made pointed statements, digitally and otherwise. He claims the efforts by Customs and Border Patrol agents are part of a Trump White House effort to boost the president’s political currency. The mayor specifically invoked a mention of polling numbers.
Wheeler starkly elevated his rhetoric recently in saying he feared the possibility of a death or deaths. He claimed in his view, the increased escalation of violence was from federal troops’ presence.
Oregon’s governor Kate Brown has stated she sees this as a”blatant abuse of power.” Portland’s police chief Chuck Lovell has stated federal and local officers are not working in concert.
Complications in official actions have been hindered by an archaic city code with ambiguous assignment of Ted Wheeler in the role of official police commissioner.
Both Oregon’s attorney general and the ACLU, separately, have launched a volley of lawsuits against the federal government recently. Most have been related to the Trump administration’s involvement in the restoration of order to Portland.
President Trump defended the federal response. “We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it,” he tweeted. “Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE.”
In response to the criticism, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf stated, “I don’t need invitations by the state, state mayors or state governors to do our job,” Wolf said Monday on Fox News. “We’re going to do that, whether they like us there or not.”
Despite pleas from community leaders and activists, violence continues in the city of Portland. The question is…will city and state officials finally condemn the violence and start working with feds to stop the violence or will they sit back and watch as the entire city burns to the ground?
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