Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Trump sends 100 MORE troops into Portland and calls the protesters 'sick and deranged anarchists' as the DOJ shares photos of gasoline, bleach and Molotov cocktails confiscated during the chaos

President Donald Trump is sending at least 100 additional federal agents into Portland following weeks of violent clashes between law enforcement and anti-racism protesters.  
The US Marshals Service decided last week to deploy 100 deputy marshals to fortify security outside the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland, according to an internal email obtained by The Washington Post on Monday. 
The email indicated that the marshals began arriving last Thursday, ahead of a heated weekend that saw heavily armed federal troops repeatedly fire tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls into crowds of protesters as they attempted to breach a fence surrounding the courthouse on Saturday and Sunday night. 
Trump decried the protests and subsequent media coverage in a pair of tweets on Monday night, writing: 'The Fake News Media is trying to portray the Portland and Seattle "protesters" as wonderful, sweet and innocent people just out for a little stroll. 
'Actually, they are sick and deranged Anarchists & Agitators who our great men & women of Law Enforcement easily control, but who would destroy our American cities, and worse, if Sleepy Joe Biden, the puppet of the Left, ever won. 
'Markets would crash and cities would burn. Our Country would suffer like never before. We will beat the Virus, soon, and go on to the Golden Age - better than ever before!' 
President Donald Trump is sending 100 additional federal agents into Portland following weeks of violent clashes between law enforcement and anti-racism protesters. Pictured: Heavily armed agents ready themselves as they face off with protesters on Sunday night
President Donald Trump is sending 100 additional federal agents into Portland following weeks of violent clashes between law enforcement and anti-racism protesters. Pictured: Heavily armed agents ready themselves as they face off with protesters on Sunday night
Trump decried the protests and subsequent media coverage on Twitter Monday night
Trump decried the protests and subsequent media coverage on Twitter Monday night
A protester kicks a tear gas round back towards federal officers near the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse after an unlawful assembly was declared Monday night
A protester kicks a tear gas round back towards federal officers near the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse after an unlawful assembly was declared Monday night 
Federal police use tear gas and less-lethal munitions against protesters along the perimeter barricade of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse
Federal police use tear gas and less-lethal munitions against protesters along the perimeter barricade of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse
A 'leaf-blower dad' checks on the Wall of Moms after tear gas is deployed by federal police outside the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse Monday night
A 'leaf-blower dad' checks on the Wall of Moms after tear gas is deployed by federal police outside the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse Monday night 
Federal police advance upon a line of protesters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center after an unlawful assembly was declared on Monday
Federal police advance upon a line of protesters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center after an unlawful assembly was declared on Monday 
Demonstrators hold signs and umbrellas as tear gas engulfs them during Monday night's protest
Demonstrators hold signs and umbrellas as tear gas engulfs them during Monday night's protest 
Federal police were seen arresting a man during a demonstrator Monday night in Portland
Federal police were seen arresting a man during a demonstrator Monday night in Portland 
Federal police face off with protesters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Monday
Federal police face off with protesters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Monday 
A demonstrator wears a gas mask as federal officers deploy tear gas during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Monday
A demonstrator wears a gas mask as federal officers deploy tear gas during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Monday 
People gather to protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland Monday as the city experiences the 61st night of unrest
People gather to protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland Monday as the city experiences the 61st night of unrest
A demonstrator reacts during a protest against racial inequality and police violence in Portland early Tuesday morning
A demonstrator reacts during a protest against racial inequality and police violence in Portland early Tuesday morning 

The president sent a direct warning to protesters earlier in the night, tweeting:  'Anarchists, Agitators or Protestors who vandalize or damage our Federal Courthouse in Portland, or any Federal Buildings in any of our Cities or States, will be prosecuted under our recently re-enacted Statues & Monuments Act. 
'MINIMUM TEN YEARS IN PRISON. Don't do it!' 
And prior to that tweet, Trump doubled down on his support for the federal agents' actions in another post, claiming that federal properties in Portland 'wouldn't last a day' without their presence.   
Hours later the US Attorney's Office in Oregon shared photos of items that had been confiscated from them over the weekend - including gasoline, hockey sticks, defense shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, cans of paint, and a jar prepped for a Molotov cocktail.
Protesters from the Wall of Moms and Don't Shoot Portland activist groups filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, accusing federal officers of violating their free speech, using excessive force and overstepping their authority. 
The suit came as reports emerged that the DHS is also considering sending 50 additional Customs and Border Protection personnel to Portland in the coming days. 
That plan has yet to be finalized, according to anonymous administration officials, but if it proceeds it would mark a significant expansion of the federal force that first arrived on July 4.  
About 114 agents were deployed to the city by mid-July to suppress protests against racism and police brutality that began in late May following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck during an arrest.   
Trump sent a direct warning to protesters in Portland and nationwide in a tweet on Monday
Trump sent a direct warning to protesters in Portland and nationwide in a tweet on Monday
On Monday morning Trump tweeted that federal properties in Portland 'wouldn't last a day' without the presence of agents from the Department of Homeland Security
On Monday morning Trump tweeted that federal properties in Portland 'wouldn't last a day' without the presence of agents from the Department of Homeland Security 
The US Attorney's Office in Oregon on Monday released photos of items that were confiscated from protesters over the weekend. The items included gasoline, hockey sticks, defense shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, cans of paint, and a jar prepped for a Molotov cocktail
The US Attorney's Office in Oregon on Monday released photos of items that were confiscated from protesters over the weekend. The items included gasoline, hockey sticks, defense shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, cans of paint, and a jar prepped for a Molotov cocktail
A fire burns near a group of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse Monday night
A fire burns near a group of protesters gathered outside the federal courthouse Monday night 
Demonstrators light a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Monday
Demonstrators light a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Monday
Demonstrators draw a peace sign in front of a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Portland federal courthouse
Demonstrators draw a peace sign in front of a fire during a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Portland federal courthouse 
A protester is seen kicking a tear gas munition away from him and others after it was launched by federal agents outside the federal courthouse on Monday
A protester is seen kicking a tear gas munition away from him and others after it was launched by federal agents outside the federal courthouse on Monday
Demonstrators wear masks and helmets as they stand against racism and police brutality during a protest in Portland
Demonstrators wear masks and helmets as they stand against racism and police brutality during a protest in Portland
Protesters hold umbrellas and shields to keep from getting struck by less-lethal munitions during a demonstration on Monday
Protesters hold umbrellas and shields to keep from getting struck by less-lethal munitions during a demonstration on Monday
Demonstrators are seen shielding themselves from munitions launched by federal agents in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse
Demonstrators are seen shielding themselves from munitions launched by federal agents in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse
Demonstrators shield themselves from advancing federal officers during a Black Lives Matter protest early Tuesday morning
Demonstrators shield themselves from advancing federal officers during a Black Lives Matter protest early Tuesday morning 
Federal police face off with protesters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Monday
Federal police face off with protesters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Monday 
It's unclear how many of the existing agents would be relieved and sent home when the 150 reinforcements from the Marshals Service and DHS arrive. 
Asked about the former group, a spokesman for the Marshals Service told the Post: 'The agency took steps to identify up to 100 personnel to send to the District of Oregon in case they were needed to relieve or supplement deputies permanently stationed in the district.
'They may also be used to rotate with personnel already sent there to support district operations during the civil unrest mission to insure the function and safety of judicial proceedings.' 

DailyMail.com has reached out to the DHS for comment. The Post reported that the agency did not reply to its questions about the plan, and said that White House officials were expected to hold a meeting on the subject on Monday afternoon. 
Sunday marked the 60th consecutive night of demonstrations in Portland, where confrontations between protesters and federal troops outside the courthouse have intensified over the past two weeks. 
Footage exclusively recorded by DailyMail.com shows the moment federal agents arrested demonstrators outside the courthouse just after midnight after police discovered a bag of loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails at a park nearby. 
Weekend protests in Portland came to a violent end on Sunday night as federal agents were seen repeatedly firing tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls into crowds. Pictured: Agents detain a woman whose nose was bloodied after they threw her to the ground
Weekend protests in Portland came to a violent end on Sunday night as federal agents were seen repeatedly firing tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls into crowds. Pictured: Agents detain a woman whose nose was bloodied after they threw her to the ground
Portland's 'Wall of Moms' activist group (pictured Sunday night) filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, accusing federal officers of violating their free speech, using excessive force and overstepping their authority
Portland's 'Wall of Moms' activist group (pictured Sunday night) filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, accusing federal officers of violating their free speech, using excessive force and overstepping their authority

Hours earlier two people were arrested after gunfire rang out in the same park, wounding one person.    
Amid the ongoing violence, protesters and local officials have increased their calls to have the federal troops removed because their presence is only escalating the unrest. 
Many critics see the deployment of federal troops as a political ploy by Trump to drum up a 'law and order' campaign amid his uphill re-election battle - while the president and his allies insist that it was necessary to protect the city.  
Sources told the Post that federal law enforcement officials have grown increasingly worried that they are losing control of Portland and about the negative public perception of their handling of the unrest.  
Heightened media coverage of agents' actions on the street - including video of protesters being yanked into unmarked vans without provocation - has already prompted internal investigations into the conduct of federal agencies including CBP and the Marshals Service.
The sources also claimed that some officials believe more agents are needed because protesters are growing more violent, with an increasing number of agents injured in confrontations involving fireworks and lasers.  
Sunday marked the 60th consecutive night of demonstrations in Portland, where confrontations between protesters and federal troops have intensified over the past two weeks. Pictured: Demonstrators sit and kneel as tear gas fills the air on Sunday night
Sunday marked the 60th consecutive night of demonstrations in Portland, where confrontations between protesters and federal troops have intensified over the past two weeks. Pictured: Demonstrators sit and kneel as tear gas fills the air on Sunday night
Federal agents are seen detaining protester Noelle Mandolfo on Sunday night in Portland
Federal agents are seen detaining protester Noelle Mandolfo on Sunday night in Portland
Several items confiscated from Portland protesters - including several gasoline canisters and projectiles - are seen in a photo from the US Attorney's Office in Oregon on Monday
Several items confiscated from Portland protesters - including several gasoline canisters and projectiles - are seen in a photo from the US Attorney's Office in Oregon on Monday 
Authorities also confiscated several makeshift shields from protesters
Authorities also confiscated several makeshift shields from protesters 

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has repeatedly asked the Trump administration and the DHS to remove the federal troops, arguing that they have only made the situation in his city worse.  
Wheeler joined the mayors of five other US cities in writing an appeal to Congress on Monday, asking to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents to cities that don't want them.  
'This administration's egregious use of federal force on cities over the objections of local authorities should never happen,' the mayors of Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque and Washington, DC, wrote to leaders of the House and Senate.
The mayors said they support legislative efforts to require notice and consultation with and consent from local authorities before deployments; require visible identification at all times on federal agents and vehicles unless on an undercover mission authorized by the local US Attorney; and impose limitations on federal agents' crowd control activities to protecting federal property.
The letter came after demonstrations in several other cities descended into violence over the weekend. 
Protesters set fire to a courthouse in Oakland, California; an armed protester was shot and killed in Austin, Texas; vehicles were set ablaze in Richmond, Virginia; and two people were shot and wounded in Aurora, Colorado after a car drove through a protest.
But as for Portland, the federal militarized officers will remain in the city until attacks on the US courthouse cease end. 
'It is not a solution to tell federal officers to leave when there continues to be attacks on federal property and personnel. We are not leaving the building unprotected to be destroyed by people intent on doing so,' US Attorney Billy Williams said.

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