Commissioner Hardesty Responds To Federal Troop Actions Towards Protesters

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In an inflammatory statement riddled with inaccuracies and spelling errors, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said Portland has been "under siege" by a "violent mob" of anarchists.

Chad defended the actions of federal law enforcement officers in Portland, saying, "These valiant men and women have defended our institutions of justice against violent anarchists for 48 straight days".

"The events of last night at the federal courthouse were the tragic and avoidable result of President Donald Trump, for weeks, continuing to push for force and violence in response to protests", Brown said, as quoted by The Seattle Times.

But also on June 26, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to protect government-owned monuments and statues, authorizing the federal government to take action against anyone who damaged them. "Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government".

Bystander videos show the protester collapsing to the ground unconscious and bleeding profusely from the head after a federal officer outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse fired a non-lethal round at him.

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Demonstrators began erecting tents in downtown Portland's Lownsdale Square, across the street from the federal Pioneer Courthouse, one of the federal properties Homeland Security is protecting after bringing federal officers into the city two weeks ago. However, videos and witness accounts provided to OPB and several other news outlets show the officers detaining people who are not near any federal property and putting them in unmarked rental minivans. "Instead of addressing violent criminals in their communities, local and state leaders are instead focusing on placing blame on law enforcement and requesting fewer officers in their community". "They're just watching him right now".

"It was basically a process of facing many walls and corners as they patted me down and took my picture and rummaged through my belongings", Pettibone said. If Portland will not lead in de-escalating the situation then the federal troops will take lead, and we have already seen how risky that will be for Portlanders exercising their first amendment rights. "If the agents are grabbing people because they may have been involved in protests, that's not probable cause". We very much quelled it.

LaBella's mother, Desiree LaBella, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that her son suffered facial and skull fractures. The protester was standing with both arms in the air holding a large speaker across the street from the courthouse when he was hit.

"We do not need or want their help", Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat, said.

The federal response has greatly concerned Oregon's representatives in Washington, D.C. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, both Democratic senators, as well as Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer of the House of Representatives, have written U.S. Attorney General William Barr to demand answers into how the federal officers were deployed and the scope of their activities. "The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether", said Wheeler. "Therefore, it's no surprise that they've shied away from any story or piece of tape exposing to the American people the true picture of what their dearly beloved agitators are actually like", Houck told Fox News.

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