Feds Withdrawing From Portland, Oakland Votes to Keep Them Out
Written by Luis Miguel
Federal agents assigned to protect federal property against left-wing rioters and vandals are to begin a “phased withdrawal” from the city’s downtown beginning Thursday, according to Oregon’s Democratic Governor Kate Brown.
In a statement, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said he and Brown together devised a plan to end “the violent activity in Portland directed at federal properties and law enforcement officers.”
“That plan includes the robust presence of Oregon State Police in downtown Portland,” Wolf said. “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. Oregon State Police will coordinate with Federal Protective Service (FPS) officers to ensure all federal facilities remain protected and secure.”
The Portland Police Bureau was banned from cooperating with federal law-enforcement officers last week under policies unanimously passed by the City Council.
The Oregonian reports:
The ban on coordinating with federal officers cites “an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by the federal government” as reason to discipline any Portland police member if they provide, request or willingly receive operational support from any agency or employee representing the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal Service, Federal Protective Service, Customs and Border Protection or any other federal service while they are occupying the city.
In his statement, Wolf said President Trump and his administration have had a consistent message that “violent criminal activity” toward federal property and law-enforcement officers will not be tolerated and that “state and local leaders must step forward and police their communities.”
“The Department of Homeland Security will not back down from our legal duty to protect federal law enforcement officers and properties in the face of such criminal behavior,” Wolf continued, adding, “President Trump has also made it clear that this Administration is ready and willing to partner with state and local law enforcement to protect every American — and you see that commitment in Portland with this plan. The Department and this Administration will also continue to fulfill its solemn obligation to uphold federal law across the country.”
Brown, however, praised Black Lives Matter and accused federal officers of acting as an occupying force.
Despite Brown’s characterization of the Black Lives Matter movement, those engaging in riots and looting in Portland have attempted nearly every night to tear down a fence protecting the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. They have set fires and attacked the agents inside with fireworks, Molotov cocktails, bricks, rocks, and bottles.
Federal offices have responded with tear gas, pepper balls, and impact munitions. Authorities this week also reinforced the fence by putting concrete highway barriers around it.
Like Portland, Oakland in California took action to keep federal agents from bringing law and order to town. A resolution unanimously passed by the City Council declares they will keep the city “safe from President Trump’s federal agents.”
“Federal agents have attacked and tear-gassed peaceful protesters, and camouflage-clad federal agents were observed grabbing peaceful protesters and throwing them into unmarked vehicles,” the resolution reads.
The measure directs the council to take any lawful steps to prevent the president from deploying federal troops to the city.
“That won’t quell or suppress a riot or something like that, it would actually incite one, so it’s for everybody’s benefit for this not to happen,” one council member said, according to KGO-TV.
Earlier this month, President Trump named Oakland as one of several cities to which he may send federal law enforcement.
We’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these … Oakland is a mess,” he told reporters. “We’re not going to let this happen in our country.”
Oakland’s resolution comes as the Justice Department on Wednesday announced the expansion of Operation Legend, which aims to quell the unrest throughout the country, to the cities of Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee.
Oakland’s City Council also passed a measure to create a task force that aims to defund the police department by half over two years. The funds would go to programs related to issues such as housing and homelessness.
With Trump in the White House, liberal cities are discovering a newfound distaste for federal interference. With cities flat-out telling the feds not to enter their borders, how long will it be before these tensions turn into clashes between federal and local officers that break the union right down the center?
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American