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Oregon Gov Says Feds Are Leaving Portland, But Feds Say Not Just Yet

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.”

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PORTLAND, OREGON, USA – JULY 21 : Federal officers fire tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020. Over a thousand people, including a large march of mothers, demonstrated for racial justice and against Donald Trumpâs insertion of Federal officers in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

 

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.



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