Portland’s rioters have not stopped and are instead focusing their attacks on local law enforcement officers and buildings elsewhere in the city.
Federal Protective Service (FPS)
Portland’s months-long riot problem continues elsewhere in the city.
Tuesday evening marked a third consecutive night with no attacks directed at federal officers or property – a stark contrast from the violent nightly siege of the previous weeks.
While violent criminal activity persists elsewhere in Portland, Monday night marked the second straight night during which rioters did not attack federal property or officers.
On July 29, Oregon Governor Kate Brown finally agreed to do what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has demanded for months: step up and work with federal authorities to stop the nightly criminal violence directed at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland.
Chairman Cruz, Ranking Member Hirono and distinguished members of the Committee:
Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) role in protecting against the continued assaults by criminals and violent extremists in the city of Portland, Oregon and more specifically, the Federal Courthouse and federal law enforcement officers there.
Sunday night marked the first night in over 60 days during which rioters did not attack federal property in Portland.
For over 60 days, DHS has responded to the protests in Portland, Oregon. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf acknowledges the perseverance of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) and other DHS law enforcement officers. He also announces the agreement with Oregon Governor Kate Brown to partner with Portland state troopers to protect federal buildings and assets.
While the violence is receding, DHS will remain faithful to its mission to protect federal property and personnel.
While the violence is abating, DHS’s enhanced presence on the ground will remain for the time being until the Department determines that the courthouse and other federal property are safe.