DHS Sends Armed Security Personnel to Quell Protests in Portland

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The Department of Homeland Security has sent in armed personnel to help quell protests in Portland.

Officers from the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and Customs and Border Protection’s BORTAC, have been sent to Portland to protect federal buildings and property. Officials have charged at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests, while several others have been arrested and released.

Members of the DHS special security group have been using unmarked cars to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 13, several of which have been caught on video by protesters.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf defended the crackdown. “Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city,” he wrote in a letter on Thursday.

“A federal courthouse is a symbol of justice. To attack it is to attack America.”

President Trump hinted at tougher actions coming down the pike aimed at keeping protesters from becoming. He said an announcement will be made next week.

Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan echoed the sentiments. “I don’t want to get ahead of the president and his announcement,” Morgan said, “but the Department of Justice is going to be involved in this, DHS is going to be involved in this; and we’re really going to take a stand across the board. And we’re going to do what needs to be done to protect the men and women of this country.”

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