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 22 people facing federal charges in connection with Portland protests

By Tamar Lapin

July 28, 2020 | 2:02am

Twenty-two more people have been arrested and charged over their alleged roles in Portland protests, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

The charges of criminal conduct were in connection to demonstrations outside the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse between July 23 and early on July 28, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said.

The protests, which began after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, “have been followed by nightly criminal activity including assaults on law enforcement officers, destruction of property, looting, arson and vandalism,” his statement read.

Two of the protesters, a man and a woman in their 30s, are accused of assaulting federal officers during a demonstration that started Thursday night and lasted into Friday morning.

Four others, including an 18-year-old man, are charged with failing to obey lawful orders at the same protest.


Trump admin triples down, orders more feds to Portland; 22 rioters arrested, face federal charges
July 28, 2020 | Tom Tillison

With the area outside a federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., looking like a war zone, as radical anarchists and other hard-left revolutionaries do battle on a nightly basis, the Trump administration is not about to back down.

In fact, the effort to protect the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse from being burned to the ground is being intensified, as the administration is sending in additional federal agents, according to the Washington Post.

With Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler siding with rioters as he all but surrenders the city to them, beginning Thursday night forces around the downtown courthouse will be strengthened, as the U.S. Marshals Service will deploy 100 deputy U.S. Marshals.

And more federal reinforcements may be coming.


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