Oregon’s U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams told The Oregonian over the weekend that Portland officials were engaged in “nonsensical, political theater” by banning city police from working with federal law enforcement and swore that the federal government would not be abandoning any of the federal buildings in the city.
“Anyone who thinks we’re just going to give up the courthouse, Hatfield, Pioneer (Courthouse) or any other federal facility downtown, that’s not going to happen,” Williams said in the interview, according to the paper. “We’re not leaving.”
For two full months, protesters have demonstrated nightly outside Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, attempting to set the courthouse on fire, vandalizing the building, and throwing knives and using fireworks against federal law enforcement sent to defend the building. The unrest has come as similar protests have raged around the country, aimed ostensibly at bringing about racial justice and defunding police departments in the wake of the death of George Floyd in late May while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
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