Governor Brown announces 'phased withdrawal' of federal agents from Portland

Governor Kate Brown says that she has come to an agreement with federal officials to withdraw officers from the city of Portland following weeks of nightly clashes with protesters.

Posted: Jul 29, 2020 9:04 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 6:09 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown announced on Wednesday morning that federal officials have agreed to a "phased withdrawal" of law enforcement officers from the city of Portland, following weeks of nightly clashes with demonstrators near the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse.

According to Brown, Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials agreed to gradually withdraw the officers and clean up graffiti on the federal courthouse building, leaving only the usual complement of "year-round" security forces at the building.


(Photo courtesy Doug Brown / ACLU of Oregon)

(Photo courtesy Doug Brown / ACLU of Oregon)


RELATED: 18 more people face federal charges from Portland protests, U.S. Attorney's Office says


Officers from local agencies and the Oregon State Police will take over providing most of the security at the courthouse building during protests, Brown said.

The presence of federal agents in Portland has prompted a flurry of lawsuits in recent days, with a federal judge issuing a temporary restraining order barring officers from targeting journalists and legal observers.

The offices of Inspector General at both the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security also agreed to investigate the tactics of federal officers in Portland following an outcry from members of Oregon's Congressional delegation.

The Governor's full statement may be read below:


“After my repeated requests, the federal government has agreed to a phased withdrawal of federal officers that have been deployed to the Mark Hatfield United States Courthouse over recent weeks.

“These federal officers have acted as an occupying force, refused accountability, and brought violence and strife to our community. Beginning Thursday, all Customs and Border Protection and ICE officers will leave downtown Portland, and shortly thereafter will begin going home.

“After discussions with the Vice President and administration officials this week, the federal government has agreed to my demand and will withdraw these officers from Portland. They will also clean up the Courthouse, removing the graffiti.

“The local Oregon officers of the Oregon State Police will provide protection for free speech and the security of the exterior of the courthouse with the Federal Protective Service. A limited contingent of federal officials, who act as building security year-round, will remain and will stay focused on the interior of the U.S. Courthouse.

“I have grown increasingly concerned at the nightly confrontation between local community members and federal officers. We need to recognize that the protests in Portland are not solely about the federal presence. They started before federal agents descended on our city and they will likely continue after they leave.

“Across America and across Oregon, the Black Lives Matter movement has led a historic uprising, centering black voices demanding justice and greater police accountability.

“While I recently signed six police accountability bills, championed by the Legislature’s People of Color Caucus, and convened a Task Force to review and reform Oregon training and certification procedures for all local police officers, there is so much more to be done. The community is demanding more sweeping action. I agree.

“I will work with community leaders and elected officials to take bolder action to reform our police practices – including those of the Portland Police Bureau. We need to get this right.

“We have an opportunity that we cannot afford to waste. The departure of federal forces represents the beginning of a process that will be as difficult as it is overdue.

“If slavery is America’s original sin, then anti-Blackness is Oregon’s. Even before it was recognized as a state, Oregon prevented African Americans from settling here and owning property. For far too long, Oregon’s constitution ingrained discrimination into state law.

“Black, white, brown, and indigenous Oregonians are ready to address systemic racism. Let’s get to work.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 314841

Reported Deaths: 3624
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah51325643
Washington35086277
Marion32748396
Clackamas26680275
Lane24145248
Jackson21050257
Deschutes16703103
Umatilla12736125
Douglas10795188
Linn1051487
Josephine8685169
Yamhill752099
Klamath651892
Polk629171
Malheur485567
Benton463728
Coos420669
Columbia325439
Jefferson315347
Lincoln277930
Union274838
Wasco242339
Crook213639
Clatsop213225
Tillamook182023
Baker176123
Morrow168621
Curry167817
Hood River163435
Harney82319
Grant7848
Lake6988
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4651497

Reported Deaths: 68087
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144634825870
Riverside3583834802
San Diego3502674021
San Bernardino3475745507
Orange3150815355
Sacramento1507202105
Santa Clara1407321841
Kern1362881521
Fresno1361631889
Alameda1164051330
Ventura978991120
San Joaquin975341615
Contra Costa95858924
Stanislaus808921235
Tulare73111896
San Mateo52311607
San Francisco52008605
Monterey49485565
Solano44247312
Santa Barbara43189500
Sonoma39476378
Merced39446536
Placer36612364
Imperial34285755
Kings30179285
San Luis Obispo28351313
Madera21749263
Butte21379231
Shasta20763279
Santa Cruz20176211
Yolo19192239
Marin17127242
El Dorado16037127
Sutter13122153
Napa1228795
Yuba928061
Nevada850185
Humboldt831988
Tehama827784
San Benito709567
Mendocino691176
Lassen637927
Tuolumne616993
Lake605887
Amador493059
Glenn399030
Siskiyou391541
Calaveras342766
Del Norte339034
Colusa291018
Inyo166739
Mono14935
Plumas12406
Mariposa100712
Trinity72610
Modoc6278
Unassigned2120
Sierra1980
Alpine1000
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 80°
Brookings
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 73°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
82° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 80°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
82° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 80°
Klamath Falls
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 75°
Cooler afternoon temperatures and thin haze return on the first day of fall
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events