After days of violent encounters between protesters and federal officers in Portland, federal agents will withdraw from the city Thursday while state police will remain downtown, the governor of Oregon announced.
“They have acted as an occupying force & brought violence. Starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland,” Brown wrote, in part, on Twitter.
Seattle mayor says federal agents are leaving city
“[The Department of Homeland Security] notified me that federal forces deployed to Seattle have demobilized & left,” Durkan tweeted. “The President’s actions to target Democratic cities with federal forces is chilling and increased violence in Portland, Seattle & other cities – exactly what the President intended.”
The mayor added that Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is in charge of the city’s policing, not President Trump. Durkan also denounced the continued federal occupation in Portland, Ore.