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DOJ: 18 People Arrested, Face Federal Charges From Protests In Portland

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FROM DOJ:

18 ARRESTED, FACING FEDERAL CHARGES AFTER WEEKNIGHT RIOTS AT FEDERAL COURTHOUSE IN PORTLAND

Charges include assaulting federal officers, arson, and damaging government property PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that 18 people have been arrested and are facing federal charges this week for their roles in recent weeknight protests at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland.

According to court documents, since May 26, 2020, protests in downtown Portland have been followed by nightly criminal activity including assaults on law enforcement officers, destruction of property, looting, anon, and vandalism.

The Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been a nightly target of vandalism during evening protests and riots, sustaining extensive damage. U.S. Marshals Service deputies and officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection working to protect the courthouse have been subjected to nightly threats and assaults from demonstrators while performing their duties.

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