Federal Agents Agree to Withdraw from Portland, With Conditions


Federal tactical teams that have clashed with protesters in Portland in recent weeks will soon begin leaving the city, Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon said Wednesday.

Under an agreement between Ms. Brown and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

The governor’s office said the Oregon State Police will provide security for the exterior of the city’s federal courthouse,

While the usual team of federal officers that protects the courthouse year-round will continue to provide security for the interior of the building.

Ms. Brown said the federal tactical teams that had deployed to the city would begin a phased withdrawal on Thursday.

But Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,


Said in a statement that though the department has agreed with the Oregon governor on a plan,

The department will proceed with the withdrawal of security personnel in Portland,

Only if federal officials are confident that federal properties will no longer be under attack.

“State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties,

That have been under nightly attack for the past two months,” Mr. Wolf said.

“We anticipate the ability to change our force posture,” he added,

Once circumstances on the ground “significantly improve” with the deployment of additional state and local law enforcement.

Hours before the announcement of the agreement, President Trump doubled down on the need for the increased federal presence in Portland.

“You hear all sorts of reports about us leaving,” Mr. Trump said.

“We’re not leaving until they’ve secured their city. We told the governor.


1 Comment

  1. By the tolerated terrorism it is obvious the state of Oregon does not want or need a Federal court. Remove it and let those who need files in Federal Court go to Idaho or Wyoming and get in line for their pleadings. It won’t effect the politicians but the business community and therefore the state wide commerce will have a problem. Be careful how you vote.

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