Reported By Ben Dutka | July 28, 2020
More unrest hit the city of Portland, Oregon, but it didn’t go unanswered. According to court documents, “nightly criminal activity” has been on the rise since May 26. This includes a variety of offenses, ranging from assaults on law enforcement officers to looting, arson, and destruction of property.
And over the weekend, protests erupted outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, which resulted in more arrests. In fact, 22 people are now facing federal charges for a myriad of crimes.
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that 22 people have been arrested and are facing federal charges for their roles in weekend protests at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland.
The Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been a common target, apparently — it has sustained “extensive damage” due to vandalism. As such, authorities have started clamping down: Right now, the Courthouse is being defended by U.S. Marshals and officers from the Federal Protective Service and Homeland Security Investigations.
Unfortunately, these documents show the officers are under nightly threat. However, the 22 people referenced by U.S. Attorney Williams are facing some very stiff charges:
Six have been charged with “alleged criminal conduct” during a protest starting on July 23.
Eight others were charged with various crimes on July 25, including assaulting federal officers, and even operating a drone in restricted airspace.
Seven are facing criminal conduct charges from events of July 26 and 27, and that features more assault accusations.
And one individual, a Canadian National, was arrested for harassing and stalking federal employees,
These arrests and charges might contradict Democrat claims that all these protests are “peaceful.” Others will say a little violence is a necessary part of demonstration.
But either way, tensions are high on both sides…
- 22 protesters in Portland have been arrested, and are facing various federal charges.
- The charges range from assaulting law enforcement officers to harassing and stalking federal employees.
- This news flies in the face of claims that all protests have been mostly peaceful in Portland.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ben Dutka