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Federal agents to leave Portland

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/29/20, 12:53 pm

Oregon State Police will have a “robust presence” in downtown Portland as part of a plan negotiated with Democratic Gov. Kate Brown over the last 24 hours, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said. Brown on Wednesday said federal agents will begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city on Thursday.

What does that mean for the protests? State and local police will secure streets and federal buildings “that have been under nightly attack for the past two months,” Wolf said. Protests in Portland following the death of George Floyd often have become violent at night, particularly around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, leading federal agents to disperse crowds with tear gas and arrests. The U.S. Marshals and the Department of Homeland Security had considered sending up to 100 additional agents to the city this week before the deal.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Sift about President Donald Trump’s plan to send federal police to additional cities.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 01:49 pm

    Well, this should be interesting. President Trump and Atty General Barr apparently have decided to give Portland's leftist leadership what they "want."  Now we will see if Mayor Wheeler and his cronies get what they have been "asking for."  

    I am sorry for the normal non-violent people of Portland. If you decide to leave Portland, Northwest Arkansas is pretty peaceful, reasonably prosperous, and welcoming of non-radical "immigrants."  

  • RC
    Posted: Wed, 07/29/2020 04:09 pm

    So if the state and city fail to protect the federal property, will they pay for the damage?

    Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 03:47 pm

    good question

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Sat, 08/01/2020 11:32 pm

    If they don't, the federal government should just withhold some federal funding in order to pay for it.

    Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 03:52 pm

    Why don't they use the National Guard? 

    It looks to me like there is a war going on in Portland.

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Sat, 08/01/2020 11:34 pm

    Portland leaders don't want it to end. They want to send a message. They want the Marxists to win, at least on some level. They think they are heroes, like Braveheart or something.

    Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 03:54 pm

    Arrest all the white perps, bus them to Pelosi's vineyard and hold them there for a while.

    House the white spoiled brats in tents in Tempe Arizona. It's very hot even at night. 

    When will the feds figure out who is funding this whole mess? 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 07/30/2020 04:36 pm

    Why just the white ones?  

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Sat, 08/01/2020 11:31 pm

    I think the feds should just pull out, let Portland burn and leave the courthouse to Portland leaders to deal with. They should just set up the federal buildings in a nice, tolerant, peaceful town somewhere else in Oregon. You just can't reason with the Portland woke. They are incapable of reason.