The head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, just hours after issuing a scathing statement that called the protesters who have taken to the streets every night for almost two months "violent anarchists" and a "violent mob" that have kept the liberal Northwest city under siege.
"Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the courageous law enforcement officers protecting it", said Wolf.
The usually soft-spoken Brown in an uncharacteristically harsh statement said that it was all a political theater as President has no concern for public safety.
Seattle's CHOP zone drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who ripped into Seattle city leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee, calling their response to the zone a "disaster". "If this continues a life will be taken and it won't matter whether a federal officer or Portland Police officer did it - it won't bring that person back".
According to Oregon News, videos posted to social media appeared to show a police officer shoot a protester in the head outside of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Saturday.
Videos posted to Twitter since the early hours of July 15 show agents wearing camouflage uniforms rushing protestors, detaining them, and taking them into unmarked rental cars to an unknown location.
Ken Cuccinelli, the homeland security acting deputy secretary, said on Friday morning on Fox & Friends that the federal government had a responsibility to protect buildings such as the courthouse.
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At least 13 individuals have been charged with crimes related to the demonstrations. "They're just watching him right now".
"What we've seen around the country is where responsible policing is advanced, violence recedes", Cuccinelli said.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said earlier this week that they do not want the help of federal officers.
In a statement to OPB, the U.S. Marshals Service refused to comment on their use of unmarked vehicles and denied that Pettibone had been arrested by the agency.
The mayor of Portland, Oregon said late Sunday the U.S. Marshals Service are investigating the injury of a protester who was hospitalized in critical condition over the weekend after being hit in the head by an impact weapon fired by a federal law enforcement officer. If it starts again, we'll quell it again, very easily. "The federal officers who snatched him off the street as he was walking home from a peaceful protest did not tell him why he had been detained or provide him any record of an arrest. And that apparently is grounds for detaining me", Pettibone said.
LaBella's mother, Desiree LaBella, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that her son suffered facial and skull fractures. "These actions are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered". We do not need federal police bullying our citizens.
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. "I would consider telling them to leave - and I have no authority to do so".