UPDATE: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says federal troops will begin “phased withdrawal” from #Portland. https://t.co/sha7Q17Xmp pic.twitter.com/0Mj7A9AUm4— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) July 29, 2020
If it's in the NYTimes, it must be true:
The federal agents will begin leaving downtown on Thursday, Ms. Brown said in a statement. An agreement with the state calls for the Oregon State Police to provide security for the exterior of the courthouse, while the usual team of federal officers that protects the courthouse year-round will continue to provide security for the interior of the courthouse.Trump barks loudest right before he folds like a cheap suit. (I know, I mix my metaphors. You get what you pay for around here.)
The arrival of federal forces to protect the courthouse after weeks of raucous demonstrations outside protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota infuriated local officials who did not ask for the federal deployment. It also triggered a dramatic escalation in the protests in downtown Portland, with demonstrators mounting nightly rallies outside the courthouse that often included tear gas and fireworks.
“These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community,” Ms. Brown said.
Ms. Brown said that Vice President Mike Pence was among the people involved in the discussions to withdraw the federal officers.