The unpopular occupation of federal officers in Portland, Oregon, took another turn Wednesday morning when Oregon Governor Kate Brown tweeted the news of their imminent withdrawal this week. However, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf released his own statement detailing a conditional departure.
“Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace.” Brown continued. “Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.”
The Portland Black Lives Matter protests have garnered national attention in the wake of the federal occupation. While the protests had been mostly peaceful prior to their arrival, violent incidents have increased dramatically as protesters clashed with the officers. Injuries on both sides have been reported. Despite this morning’s announcement, Donald Trump told reporters that no one is going anywhere: “We’re hearing all sorts of reports about us leaving. We’re not leaving until they secure their city. We told the governor, we told the mayor: secure your city. If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice, we will have to go in there and clean it out,” he said.