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Governor Brown announces 'phased withdrawal' of federal agents from Portland

Governor Kate Brown says that she has come to an agreement with federal officials to withdraw officers from the city of Portland following weeks of nightly clashes with protesters.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 9:04 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 6:09 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown announced on Wednesday morning that federal officials have agreed to a "phased withdrawal" of law enforcement officers from the city of Portland, following weeks of nightly clashes with demonstrators near the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse.

According to Brown, Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials agreed to gradually withdraw the officers and clean up graffiti on the federal courthouse building, leaving only the usual complement of "year-round" security forces at the building.


(Photo courtesy Doug Brown / ACLU of Oregon)

(Photo courtesy Doug Brown / ACLU of Oregon)


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Officers from local agencies and the Oregon State Police will take over providing most of the security at the courthouse building during protests, Brown said.

The presence of federal agents in Portland has prompted a flurry of lawsuits in recent days, with a federal judge issuing a temporary restraining order barring officers from targeting journalists and legal observers.

The offices of Inspector General at both the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security also agreed to investigate the tactics of federal officers in Portland following an outcry from members of Oregon's Congressional delegation.

The Governor's full statement may be read below:


“After my repeated requests, the federal government has agreed to a phased withdrawal of federal officers that have been deployed to the Mark Hatfield United States Courthouse over recent weeks.

“These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community. Beginning Thursday, all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland, and shortly thereafter will begin going home.

“After discussions with the Vice President and administration officials this week, the federal government has agreed to my demand and will withdraw these officers from Portland. They will also clean up the Courthouse, removing the graffiti.

“The local Oregon officers of the Oregon State Police will provide protection for free speech and the security of the exterior of the courthouse with the Federal Protective Service. A limited contingent of federal officials, who act as building security year-round, will remain and will stay focused on the interior of the U.S. Courthouse.

“I have grown increasingly concerned at the nightly confrontation between local community members and federal officers. We need to recognize that the protests in Portland are not solely about the federal presence. They started before federal agents descended on our city and they will likely continue after they leave.

“Across America and across Oregon, the Black Lives Matter movement has led a historic uprising, centering black voices demanding justice and greater police accountability.

“While I recently signed six police accountability bills, championed by the Legislature’s People of Color Caucus, and convened a Task Force to review and reform Oregon training and certification procedures for all local police officers, there is so much more to be done. The community is demanding more sweeping action. I agree.

“I will work with community leaders and elected officials to take bolder action to reform our police practices – including those of the Portland Police Bureau. We need to get this right.

“We have an opportunity that we cannot afford to waste. The departure of federal forces represents the beginning of a process that will be as difficult as it is overdue.

“If slavery is America’s original sin, then anti-Blackness is Oregon’s. Even before it was recognized as a state, Oregon prevented African Americans from settling here and owning property. For far too long, Oregon’s constitution ingrained discrimination into state law.

“Black, white, brown, and indigenous Oregonians are ready to address systemic racism. Let’s get to work.”

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