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A federal courthouse is a symbol of justice – to attack it is to attack America.Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf
The Department of Homeland Security’s acting security secretary Chad Wolf issued a statement on the DHS website condemning the ongoing violence in the city of Portland .
Wolf stated, “The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city.
Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.
Another article mentions that Portland has been descending into chaos ever since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The violence in Portland has not diminished, suggesting there’s more behind the rampant acts than is being made public.
According to the Fox News article, local businesses have reported $23 million in losses due to looting and rioting that have gripped its downtown area, and rioters were seen lighting mattresses on fire and setting off fireworks in the streets.
Protesters have also set up tents in the park near the federal courthouse and have barricaded streets to create their own autonomous zone, likened to the since-disbanded Capitol Hill Organized Protest in Seattle.
What Happened To George Floyd?
Although the name has taken on a near-mythical aura over the last few months, George Floyd was pretty much like anyone else before his untimely death. He certainly was no angel; he’d had his share of petty offenses and most likely would be the first to admit to his faults.
Whether accidental or not, Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, seen by nearly everyone on the planet with access to the internet, triggered a near-unstoppable “Shock and Awe” type of rage.
It was as if a rogue country had suddenly decided to drop a nuclear bomb on another country while live-streaming it to the world.
A very real and instant rage swept across not only the United States but around the world, condemning not only the way Floyd was treated before his death by asphyxiation but also about the perception of how people of color are treated in general.
The New York Times penned it best when they said, “But Mr. Floyd, 46, was more than the nearly nine-minute graphic video of his death. He was more than the 16 utterances, captured in the recording, of some version of “I can’t breathe.”
Why is There So much Violence In Portland?
The protests in Portland might have started off being about George Floyd, but from very early on it seems to have evolved into something else altogether more sinister.
The absolute violence and mayhem has quickly taken on a darker motive, growing worse as the weeks go by. People and police involved in the so-called protests are being injured or worse each day.
Some have blamed outside influencers and anti-fascist groups, but there doesn’t seem to be much that officials are doing to prevent these alleged outsiders from gaining more influence.
It all boils down to distraction, and who’s making it. The mayor of Portland seems to think the city doesn’t need help with the problem. Staying in constant denial won’t make the problem just go away.
The Department of Homeland Security also posted an extensive timeline of violent acts from Portland over the last 47 days, caused by what they refer to as “violent anarchists.”
Wolf also writes, “This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them. Again, I reiterate the Department’s offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists,” said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf.