The Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse has become a target of the nightly mayhem for weeks, with rioters trying to breach the fencing erected around the building, lobbing explosives and debris at police, who have responded with tear gas and other non-lethal weapons.
What they're saying: "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".
Brown said the federal officers have "acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community".
The agency hopes its efforts will allow a tall protective metal courthouse fence that was recently propped up with concrete highway barriers to be removed and "restore a semblance of normalcy, while meeting community expectations and our obligations to protect the federal property", Hampton said.
In a lengthier statement, Wolf did state that an agreement was reached, but again emphasized that "augmented federal law enforcement personnel" would remain "in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked".
"That plan includes a robust presence of Oregon State Police in downtown Portland", he said, adding that "state and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties, that have been under nightly attack".
Numerous demonstrators are peaceful, but smaller numbers of hardcore activists hurl fireworks, flares, rocks and ball bearings at federal agents, use green lasers to blind them and spread graffiti on the federal courthouse. "It has increased violence in Portland, Seattle and other cities across the country, which was what the president intended", she said.
Trump, seeking re-election in November, has sought to crack down on protests to highlight his focus on law and order amid demonstrations and unrest after the May 25 killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by Minneapolis police. Federal officers will resume their operations to protect the courthouse if needed, Wolf said. We need to recognize that the protests in Portland are not exclusively about the federal presence.
Federal defenders and prosecutors in Portland, Oregon, have teamed up to try to end a court practice of releasing arrested protesters only after they have agreed not to attend protests - a restriction that legal experts called a clear violation of the constitutional right to free assembly.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deployed tactical agents to protect the courthouse in early July after protesters set fires inside the structure, broke windows and graffitied its walls.
President Trump has defended the administration's response to the unrest in Portland and launched a separate initiative through the Justice Department to send officers to other US cities experiencing an uptick in violent crime, despite objections from their leaders. We're not leaving until they secure their city.
Less than one hour later, Governor Brown announced that the negotiations had been successful, and that federal officers would be leaving the state's largest city. "We'll do it very easily".
Federal officers in downtown Portland on July 28. However, she acknowledged that state police will intervene if protesters seek to damage federal property.
For more than 60 nights, protesters have gone out on the streets of Portland, Ore.to fight anti-Black racism and police violence.
In an appearance on Fox News Wednesday afternoon, Wolf doubled down, telling anchor Bill Hemmer that agents would not be leaving the city on Thursday despite Brown's claims that they would.