Portland, OR – While most media outlets have ignored the unrest in Oregon, the city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by opportunistic vandals and rioters. Local political leaders still seem to refuse to restore order to protect their city and its citizens.
Portland has gotten so violent that acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf accused local politicians of enabling the violent protesters, who have besieged the city for more than six weeks. According to Wolf, “Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.” Rioters have have been allowed to assault law enforcement with hammers, lasers, slingshots and fireworks, while others have been armed with sledgehammers, tasers and “flaming debris”.
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck feels that viewers would only need “a couple seconds from any video over the last few months, and even years, to see how Portland’s become a hotbed for Antifa and other violent, far-left groups”. Houck explained, “Networks like CNN and MSNBC have long expressed a repulsive affinity for Antifa, whether it be Chris Cuomo or Chuck Todd, to name two examples. Therefore, it’s no surprise that they’ve shied away from any story or piece of tape exposing to the American people the true picture of what their dearly beloved agitators are actually like.”
While demonstrations have taken place in other cities and eventually fizzled out, in Portland they have gone on for more than six weeks, bringing violence and destruction of property. Local businesses have reported $23 million in losses due to looting and rioting that have gripped its downtown area. Protesters have also set up tents in the park near the Federal Courthouse and have barricaded streets to create their own autonomous zone, similar to the Chaz/CHOP district in Seattle.
Wolf points out, “A federal courthouse is a symbol of justice – to attack it is to attack America. Instead of addressing violent criminals in their communities, local and state leaders are instead focusing on placing blame on law enforcement and requesting fewer officers in their community. This failed response has only emboldened the violent mob as it escalates violence day after day.”
“This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them. Again, I reiterate the Department’s offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists,” said Wolf.
Instead of restoring order and appreciating the extra support from DHS, the mayor of Portland has taken a stance just the opposite. Ted Wheeler (D) is demanding that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city. In a news conference, the mayor was quoted as saying, “Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city.”
Under an environment of lawless destruction, damaged property, and violence of the past several weeks, the Department of Homeland Security and its subcomponents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and Federal Protective Service have had to confront a menagerie of criminal acts. Here’s a snapshot of incidents that has happened from June 1 to July 16:
- Violent anarchists graffitied and broke windows at the Hatfield Courthouse.
- Violent anarchists graffitied the BPA Building.
- Violent anarchists graffitied the Edith Green-Wenell Wyatt Building.
- Violent anarchists graffitied the Terry Schrunk Plaza.
- Violent anarchists graffitied the 911 Federal Building.
- Violent anarchists graffitied the Pioneer Courthouse.
- Violent anarchists graffitied the Gus J. Solomon Courthouse.
- Violent anarchists graffitied the U.S. Custom House.
- Violent anarchists destroyed fencing surrounding federal property.
- iolent anarchists removed the entire fence around Hatfield Courthouse and graffitied columns.
- Violent anarchists dismantled a section of the fence protecting the Edith Green-Wenell Wyatt Federal Building.
- Among a group of over 400 protesters, several attempted to cause eye damage to officers with commercial grade lasers.
- A group of over 200 protesters blocked access to the building and proceeded to launch aerial fireworks into federal property.
- Violent anarchists refused orders to vacate the Hatfield Courthouse area, and instead launched fireworks and threw objects at officers.
- Violent anarchists firebombed the building. Federal law enforcement extinguished the fire.
- Around 1,000 violent anarchists spray painted, threw rocks, and shot fireworks (including mortar style fireworks) at and into the Hatfield Courthouse.
- Multiple individuals were seen carrying rifles, including the driver of a vehicle who attempted to strike a Portland Police Bureau officer with his car in front of the Hatfield Courthouse.
- A hostile crowd of about 250 violent anarchists returned to the vicinity of Hatfield Courthouse to vandalize and attack numerous facilities and police, while failing to comply with dispersal order.
- Violent anarchists surrounded and blocked law enforcement from the area as extremists proceeded to attack police with thrown projectiles and large mortar style fireworks.
- Two Portland Police Bureau officers were injured by the crowd.
- Violent anarchists set fires in front of Hatfield Courthouse and Chapman park.
- Two more violent anarchists were arrested, and one was found to be carrying what appears to be a pipe bomb.
- Violent anarchists assaulted construction crews by targeting them with fireworks while they repaired Hatfield Building.
- Violent anarchists held a “Night of Rage,” in which a 400-500-person protest devolved into riots, assaulting law enforcement officers and federal property.
- Approximately 200 violent anarchists disrupt enforcement action, assaulting them with rocks and bottles.
- Around 150 violent anarchists in front of the Justice Center began attacking personnel peppered the area with fireworks.
- Approximately 200 violent anarchists attacked DHS law enforcement officers while apprehending a subject who was wanted for property damage.
- Law enforcement officers’ personal information was publicly exposed, including FPS, ICE, and CBP personnel.
- Violent anarchists attacked DHS law enforcement officers while apprehending a subject who was wanted for property damage.
- An unidentified subject fired several shots from a gun from the rear seat of a passing white SUV.
- Crowds of approximately 300 violent anarchists vandalized federal property and cameras with spray paint, blocked roadways, and assaulted law enforcement officers.
- Violent anarchists attempted to ambush Portland Police Department PD during their shift change, but a DHS team was deployed and able to prevent any attacks.
- Four violent anarchists were arrested, including one who attempted to assault an officer with a hammer.
- A law enforcement officer was assaulted with blows from a hammer.
- Another mob of 200 individuals armed with sledgehammers, tasers and/or stun guns, gathered in Chapman Park across from the Hatfield Courthouse.
- Violent anarchists launched fireworks, threw fecal matter and large objects at federal law enforcement officers.
- Despite more orders to stay off of federal property and to cease unlawful activity, FPS was forced to push back violent anarchists. The Portland Police Bureau declared the mob an unlawful assembly.
- Violent anarchists released personal information of federal law enforcement officers to the public, publishing names of those in Portland.
- Violent anarchists set containers of liquid on fire at the Terry Schrunk Plaza.
- Violent anarchists trespassed on federal property and destroyed a card reader at the Justice Center.
In an emailed request sent July 16, we reached out to Portland mayor Ted Wheeler, governor Kate Brown, and senator Jeff Merkley, all members of the Democratic Party, to get their comments on the out of control riots and the resistance Homeland Security seems to be drawing. As of Friday evening, we have received no comment or response. Hopefully, politics isn’t causing business owners and the community to suffer while the destruction and lawlessness continues.