President Donald Trump sends at least 100 other federal agents to Portland after weeks of violent clashes between law enforcement and anti-racism protesters.
The US Marshals Service decided last week to deploy 100 deputy marshals to strengthen security in Mark O. Hatfield's federal court in downtown Portland. This is from an internal email that the Washington Post received on Monday.
The email revealed that the marshals arrived last Thursday before a hot weekend when heavily armed federal troops repeatedly fired tear gas, lightning strikes, and pepper balls into the crowd of demonstrators when they tried to fence around Saturday and Sunday Courthouse break through night.
Trump condemned the protests and subsequent media coverage on Monday evening in two tweets and wrote: "The Fake News Media are trying to portray the" demonstrators "of Portland and Seattle as wonderful, sweet and innocent people who are just taking a short walk.
In fact, they are sick and crazy anarchists and agitators who can easily control our big men and women of law enforcement but who would destroy our American cities, and worse if Sleepy Joe Biden, the puppet of the left, ever wins.
“Markets would collapse and cities would burn. Our country would suffer like never before. We will soon defeat the virus and go to the Golden Age – better than ever! & # 39;
President Donald Trump sends 100 more federal agents to Portland after weeks of violent clashes between law enforcement and anti-racism protesters. Pictured: heavily armed agents prepare to face demonstrators on Sunday evening
Trump condemned the protests and subsequent media coverage on Twitter on Monday night
The president sent a direct warning to the demonstrators earlier that night, tweeting: "Anarchists, agitators, or protesters who destroy or damage our federal court in Portland or federal buildings in one of our cities or states are being prosecuted as part of our recent prosecution – Law on statues and monuments.
At least ten years in prison. Do not do it! & # 39;
And before that tweet, Trump doubled his support for federal agents' actions in another post, claiming that federal real estate in Portland "would not last a day without her presence."
Hours later, the Oregon public prosecutor's office in Oregon seemed to put the demonstrators to shame by posting photos of items they had confiscated over the weekend – including gasoline, hockey sticks, protective shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, paint cans, and a glass prepared for a Molotov cocktail.
Trump tweeted a direct warning to protesters in Portland and across the country on Monday
On Monday morning, Trump tweeted that federal real estate in Portland wouldn't last a day without the presence of agents from the Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Attorney General's Office in Oregon released photos of objects seized by protesters over the weekend. Items included gasoline, hockey sticks, shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, paint cans, and a glass prepared for a Molotov cocktail
Protesters from the Wall of Moms and Don & # 39; t Shoot Portland activist groups filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security Monday, accusing federal officials of violating their freedom of speech, using excessive force and exceeding their authority.
The lawsuit came when reports were released that the DHS was considering sending 50 additional customs and border guards to Portland in the coming days.
According to anonymous officials, this plan has yet to be finalized, but if continued, it would mean a significant expansion of the federal forces, which first arrived on July 4.
By mid-July, about 114 agents had been dispatched to the city to suppress protests against racism and police brutality that began in late May after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis policeman was arrested on his Kneeling on the neck.
It is unclear how many of the existing agents would be relieved and sent home when the 150 reinforcements from Marshals Service and DHS arrive.
When asked about the former group, a Marshals Service spokesman told Post: “The agency has taken steps to identify up to 100 employees who are to be sent to the Oregon District if they are to discharge or supplement permanent employment in the Oregon District deputies are needed.
"They can also be used to switch with personnel who have already been sent there to support district operations during the civil unrest mission to ensure the function and security of legal proceedings."
DailyMail.com asked the DHS for a comment. The post reported that the agency had not answered its questions about the plan and that White House officials were expected to hold a meeting on Monday afternoon.
The weekend protests in Portland ended violently on Sunday evening, when federal agents repeatedly fired tear gas, lightning strikes, and pepper balls into the crowd. Pictured: agents hold a woman whose nose was bloody after throwing her to the ground
The Wall of Moms group of activists in Portland (pictured Sunday evening) filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, accusing federal officials of violating their freedom of speech, using excessive force and exceeding their authority
Sunday was the 60th consecutive night of demonstrations in Portland, during which clashes between demonstrators and federal forces outside the courthouse have intensified in the past two weeks.
The footage, recorded exclusively by DailyMail.com, shows the moment when federal agents arrested demonstrators outside the courthouse shortly after midnight after the police discovered a bag of loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails in a nearby park.
Hours earlier, two people were arrested after shots were fired in the same park that injured one person.
In the midst of the ongoing violence, demonstrators and local officials have increasingly called for the removal of federal troops because their presence only escalates the unrest.
Many critics see the use of federal troops as a political trick by Trump to campaign for law and order in his tough re-election campaign – while the president and his allies insist that it is necessary to protect the city.
Sources reported the post that federal law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned that they are losing control of Portland and that public perception of how they are dealing with the unrest is negative.
The increased media coverage of agents' actions on the street – including the video of demonstrators being provocatively pulled into unmarked vans – has already prompted internal investigations into the behavior of federal agencies such as the CBP and the Marshals Service.
The sources also claimed that some officials believe that more agents are needed because the demonstrators become more violent and an increasing number of agents are injured in fireworks and laser confrontations.
Sunday was the 60th consecutive night of demonstration in Portland during which confrontations between demonstrators and federal troops have increased in the past two weeks. Pictured: demonstrators sit and kneel while tear gas fills the air on Sunday evening
Federal agents are seen arresting protester Noelle Mandolfo in Portland on Sunday evening
A photo of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon shows several items confiscated by protesters in Portland on Monday – including several jerry cans and projectiles
The authorities also confiscated several provisional shields from demonstrators
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has repeatedly asked the Trump administration and DHS to remove federal troops, arguing that they only made the situation in his city worse.
Wheeler, along with the mayors of five other US cities, wrote a call to Congress on Monday, calling on the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents in cities they don't want.
"The tremendous use of federal force against cities against the objections of local authorities should never occur," wrote the mayors of Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, and Washington D.C. to the leaders of the House and the Senate.
The mayors said they support legislative efforts to request notification and consultation with local authorities and their approval prior to operations. require visible identification on federal agents and vehicles at all times, unless it is a covert mission approved by a local U.S. attorney; and impose restrictions on the mass control activities of federal agents to protect federal property.
The letter came after demonstrations in several other cities led to violence over the weekend.
Protesters set fire to a courthouse in Oakland, California; An armed protester was shot in Austin, Texas. Vehicles were set on fire in Richmond, Virginia; and two people were shot and wounded in Aurora, Colorado after a car drove through a protest.
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