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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.
“The Department of Homeland Security is also considering a plan to send an additional 50 U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to the city, but a final decision on the deployment has not been made, according to senior administration officials involved in the federal response who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations,” the Post reported.
As of mid-July, there were reportedly 114 federal agents in Portland. The article said it was unclear if any of these agents would be relieved.
“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,” Drew Wade, a spokesman for the Marshals Service, said in a written statement. “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.”
The paper noted that many of the agents previously sent to Portland were members of the Special Operations Group and had some training in handling riots and crowds, but the 100 law enforcement officers now being sent there are being pulled from the ranks of deputy marshals and may not have the same training.
Portland is in a state of armed insurrection. Time for U.S. troops to restore order by any means necessary.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) July 28, 2020
With violent anarchists getting more and more aggressive in their tactics against the agents, conservative journalist Andy Ngo shared a video of a “bomb” being thrown at the courthouse.
“Rioters threw a bomb at the front of the Portland federal courthouse. This wasn’t one of their usual firework explosives,” Ngo tweeted.
Homeland Security officials have said that federal agents have been injured by large commercial-grade fireworks shot at them by the criminal element laying siege to the courthouse, as well as by lasers aimed at their eyes.
SHOCKING: This shows just how many mortars Portland protesters launch at the fed courthouse in just 37 seconds
This kind of agitation goes on until they successfully draw out federal officers pic.twitter.com/JjC4MureRo
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) July 27, 2020
There were 20 injuries to federal officers in one weekend in Portland. Antifa rioters throw projectiles like canned food and rocks at officers. They blind them with lasers and then throw explosive fireworks at their feet. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/mLH5h5uDVs
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 28, 2020
The Justice Department shared photos of some of the weapons confiscated from the lawless protesters being propped up by the liberal media. Portland police also shared images of Molotov cocktails and loaded rifle magazines confiscated.
Contraband such as gasoline, hockey sticks, defense shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, paint cans with paint, and a jar prepped for a Molotov cocktail confiscated by federal law enforcement from violent agitators outside federal Portland courthouse pic.twitter.com/DFHKV5k8Ov
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) July 28, 2020
Tonight Portland Police were near Lownsdale Square Park. A person pointed out a bag to them. Inside the bag Police found loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails pic.twitter.com/ytpu9pZjqG
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 27, 2020
As Ngo noted in another tweet, the chaos in the streets of the Democrat-run city has been going on now for 61 days.
On night 61 of the Portland antifa riots, people have started another fire on federal courthouse property. They are using the mountains of trash from @RiotRibs as tinder for the flames. Video by @VenturaReport. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/Dsg2vD4edN
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 28, 2020
A total of 22 people are facing federal charges in connection to the protests in Portland, Ore., federal officials announced Monday.
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Monday that 22 people are facing federal charges for their roles in the rioting outside the courthouse — they were charged with criminal conduct between July 23 and July 27.
22 people have been arrested and are facing federal charges for their roles in weekend protests at the Hatfield Courthouse in Portland. Read more: https://t.co/gmLGzUZxhB #portland #federalcourt
— U.S. Attorney Oregon (@USAO_OR) July 28, 2020
Among those arrested was Ronald Bernard Hickey, 44, a Canadian national, for harassing and stalking federal employees assigned to assist the Federal Protective Service with ongoing civil unrest in Portland.
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