DHS warns Portland mayor that feds “will have no choice but to protect our American citizens” if unrest continues.
Portland has been the site of ongoing protests fueled by the death of George Floyd and Jacob Blake. While protests have been largely peaceful, the Trump administration has focused on bursts of violence.
“Due to a lack of action throughout the summer, Portland and its law-abiding residents continue to suffer from large-scale looting, arson, and vandalism — even killing. Businesses remain shuttered and Portlanders are held hostage by the daily violence that has gripped the city with no end in sight,” Wolf said in the letter to Wheeler, urging him to accept federal law enforcement assistance.
Wolf and Attorney General William Barr met with Trump Monday to discuss unrest in cities.
In July, the Trump administration sent federal law enforcement personnel into Portland to protect a federal courthouse in the city’s downtown.
This story has been updated.