Since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, protests have spread across the United States, and not all of them have been peaceful. President Donald Trump blames Antifa and violent anarchists for taking advantage of the protest movement to start chaos on the streets of major cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Philadelphia.
Over the last four years, a lot of protests have become violent in Portland. Still, many people say that the recent violence is because of the federal agents in town. The Trump administration said the agents are in town to protect the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Federal Courthouse, which has been threatened by protesters.
While the presence of federal agents upset protesters in Portland, there were plenty of examples of violence already in the city. Dozens of videos surfaced, showing demonstrators throwing light explosives, firecrackers, frozen water bottles, and other items at federal agents. Many were arrested and charged with arson for throwing explosives and firebombs at the courthouse.
The violence in Portland has finally slowed down after it was announced that federal law enforcement would leave. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Oregon Governor Kate Brown agreed on the withdrawal, but the state police will have to protect the courthouse. Before this agreement, Portland officers were ordered not to interfere with the protests outside the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, and state troopers were nowhere to be seen. Both sides of the debate have claimed victory, and both sides will continue to claim victory over the situation due to its significant political impact over the last few weeks. Still, citiens and law enforcement will probably be more willing to use violence against each other. Thanks to this situation, they each know their side will back them regardless of the outcome.