Portland has gotten so violent that acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf accused local politicians Thursday of enabling the "mob" of protesters who have besieged the city for more than six weeks - but anyone who relies on CNN or MSNBC for news probably wouldn't have any idea about the situation.
"This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety", Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tweeted. Meanwhile, it seems the city's and state's far-left leaders are content to continue to watch OR fall as long as they give no political props to anyone within the Trump administration. "Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government".
Protester Mark Pettibone told OPB he was walking home from the demonstration when "four or five" camouflaged men jumped out of a black minivan and grabbed him, threw him in the vehicle, and pulled his beanie over his head so he couldn't see where he was being taken.
Due to Secretary Wolf's new dedication to ending the excessive violence consuming the city and threatening the lives of officers and law-abiding citizens, federal law enforcement officers arrived on July 10 to help suppress the violence.
The federal courthouse was targeted just days earlier, resulting in the arrest of seven people on charges that include assault on law enforcement officers, destruction of federal property, and other disorderly conduct related to riots at the building. "He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm's way", she said in a statement.
"They went in and I guess they have many people right now in jail".
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service is investigating after a protester was hospitalized in critical condition over the weekend after being hit in the head by a less-lethal round fired by a federal law enforcement officer, authorities said Monday.
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Following confrontations from the night before, and with renewed vigor to quell protests, Wolf tweeted on Friday morning, "We will prevail".
The officers were dispatched as part of President Donald Trump's executive order to protect American memorials, monuments and statues amid ongoing protests in cities like Portland. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Activists shared videos that show agents driving up to protesters and detaining them without identifying themselves or informing them why they're being detained. "And that apparently is grounds for detaining me", Pettibone said.
Trump specifically cited recent protests against racism and police brutality in Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis, before pivoting to discuss the recent gun violence in Chicago.
"Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping - what is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the U.S.", Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of OR, said in a statement.
"The best thing [federal officers] can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether", Wheeler continued. They didn't tell him why he was being arrested.
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck feels that viewers would only need "a couple seconds from any video over the last few months, and even years, to see how Portland's become a hotbed for Antifa and other violent, far-left groups" but he isn't surprised CNN and MSNBC have shied away.