PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday morning that federal officers who have been in Portland for several weeks will exit the city in a phased withdrawal.  

The governor’s office released the following statements from Brown:  

“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.” 

Brown stated that the Oregon State Police will “provide protection for free speech and the security of the exterior of the courthouse with the Federal Protective Service,” saying that a  limited of number of officers will remain stationed at the courthouse to “act as building security year-round” and “will stay focused on the interior of the U.S. Courthouse.” 

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Federal officers have been stationed at the federal courthouse for most of July. Since then, there has been ongoing tension between them and Black Lives Matter protesters. 

Oregon State Police announced that Thursday, OSP special operation teams and some uniformed troopers will start a 2-week rotation within the city to assist federal officers and the Portland Police Bureau.

"OSP hopes to develop an atmosphere that affords the removal of the protective fence and restore a semblance of normalcy, while meeting community expectations and our obligations to protect the federal property," the statement by OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton said. 

PPB Chief Chuck Lovell tweeted that the bureau was happy to partner with OSP in the upcoming response. 

Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf released a statement on the exit plan on Twitter, saying he and Brown agreed to the "joint plan to end the violent activity in Portland directed at federal properties and law enforcement." 

However, later in the morning, Wolf tweeted out the following statement regarding the withdrawal of officers, appearing to express disagreement on a solid timeline:

Wolf went on to tweet several remarks that refuted Brown's plan for federal officers to leave. 

"We will maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure," Wolf wrote.

As of 10:15  a.m. Wednesday, Vice Pres. Mike Pence, whom Brown referred to working with in her statement, had not commented. 

Pres. Donald Trump tweeted his support for the presence of federal officers in Portland, claiming that if they "didn’t go into Portland one week ago, there would be no Portland -- It would be burned and beaten to the ground."

Brown acknowledged in her withdrawal plan announcement that she has “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.” 

She also stated that the Black Lives Matter movement across the country has “led a historic uprising, centering black voices demanding justice and greater police accountability” and work is being done by the state government to address police accountability and racial justice.  

“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,” Brown stated.  

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

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said he appreciated Brown's leadership in working on the planned exit of the federal officers, saying "The Governor and I agree: Oregon resources, expertise, and values are sufficient to manage Oregon issues." 

Wheeler's full statement from Twitter can be read here

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(61) comments

Delta85

All hail Governor Brown how dare the Fed's try and help us she is in control of the Oregon people. She will lock us down put unrealistic regulation on us, ban schools from happening . She is in control let me tell you! All in the name of the Democratic hopes of a win in Nov..... Nothing like being used as pons for her personal agenda!

FedUp

Kate Brown totally disrespects the majority of Oregonians with her behavior. What an insult to the people of Oregon. She needs to go away and be replace by someone with an attitude of respect and well being for Oregon itself, the people of Oregon and their best interests.She is horrible! Vote her out people!!!

Woody97045

Gov. Brown is a hypocrite! In her press release she said we're a democracy country but yet when the voters voted 'NO' to non US citizens getting a drivers license, she over turned that! If she's so concerned over the protests in downtown PDX, why doesn't she get her lazy rearend out there and see what's actually happening?! Why isn't she and Wheeler standing in front if the federal buildings telling the rioters to leave?!

Recall Brown and Wheeler!!!

Roberto Estrello Demar

In her total "disrespect" and disregard for the People of Oregon (That's Oregonians, to the rest of you) she mimics Vera Katz. Katz was supported by the same people who pushed Brown on us. Katz was a power-hungry bully. WhenEVER you see sexual activists pushing for a progressive agenda, you can guarantee the Fix Is In for Portland and Oregon politics. Elections are decided by these people; their presence in Education, Government and Media assures it. They are bullies. They have built their little Rajneeshpuram right here in River City, and nobody dares to really run against them.

Roberto Estrello Demar

Katz did the same. When Oregonians (people, not the fish-wrapper) voted, she would find a way to stuff Mass Transit and Super-Density down their throats anyway. She was very touchy about Power!

Enviro-activists, race-splitters, "children's agenda," counter-culturists, destructive people, anti-Americns, anti-everything, complaining non-producers, et.al..

Don't you get tired of these activists hating on your America? Isn't it about time they were kicked out of town? November is coming, and if you don't get off your own lazy butts, you'll get more of the same.

SeeAllKnowAll

I am not sure yet what was the most stupid thing that the governor said, if it was that the Feds agreed that they were an occupying force and will leave by some agreements on stupid demands that they leave the building at the mercy of these mobs and stay inside waiting for the crowd to push, burn, and kill, or that point where we are to believe that they feds agreed to clean up the graffiti done by those animals. What is it that the Democratic party is giving to their governors and mayors to get high? This was ridiculous.

pb sir

I have all the faith in the world that Kate, Ted and company will mess up this new "plan" beyond belief...

Roberto Estrello Demar

My first thought was "Maybe they'll take Kate, Jo-Ann, Ted and Clare with them."

It's late. I must be dreaming.

Insomn

Honestly, how can ANYONE buy into Brown wanting to do anything remotely decent. let alone good for anyone. She's let Portland burn just to buy some votes. Her continued silent support for antifa is out of control. Occupying force... no matter how pathetically she tries to pretend she is this righteous Joan of Ark fight the good right. When we all see her as the ruthless mad despot like the mad King Targaryen

Delta85

Like Brown has any say over the Mob they will make her a lair tonight and try to night and the many nights afterwards until they have that building in there control.

Delta85

Green light for the rioters to take the Fed building.... Nothing like the governor serving it up just to spite the president. She is using rioters for her political agenda... Isn't that against her oath of office?

ItsPolitical

Brown, is REALLY trying to make us all feel white guilt, isn't she? Except, it's not working, nor do I have anything to feel guilty about. I yam what I yam!

ItsPolitical

The park near the federal courthouse is filled with tents and napping anarchists. Why aren't the feds or the police setting off flash bangs every 15 minutes to annoy them and make them too tired to throw fireworks at night?

PDX2MtHood

Because the feds dont have jurisdiction and the mayor and governor who Trump described today as weak have allowed them to camp there just like they allow all the other loser drug addicts to camp on freeways, parks etc. We have no leadership in Oregon.

SeeAllKnowAll

Excellent idea!

failed_leadership

DEMOCRATS SURRENDERED. not only will the PPB start to do their job, but also the oregon state troopers will be brought in to help. and once the riots stop THEN the feds will remove excess troops but not until then. This article is completely biased towards the dems. The truth is this defund the police experiment has hurt the public's faith in the democratic party. expect TONS of arrests tonight and here on out. MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN

ebrucedwards

SORRY TO EVERYONE I HAVE ONE EYE PARTLY BLIND SO I JUST USE THE LARGE CAP BUTTONS REALLY I HAVE NO OFFENSE TO NOBODY SO SORRY

failed_leadership

LOL

Delta85

Maybe you should have zigged instead of zag in order not to be hit by that rubber bullet! Hurts doesn't?

Frederick Fukov

Emily Litella: "What's all this I keep hearing about violins in downtown Portland? I don't understand the big fuss. Well now, there's always been violins down at the Keller Auditorium, and at the Schnitzer, and.."

Chevy Chase: "Miss Litella.."

Emily Litella: "..and there's been violins at The Heathman, and sometimes at the Art Museum..and.at music stores..and..."

Chevy Chase: "MISS LITELLA!!"

Emily Litella: "What Chevy?"

Chevy Chase: "That's VIOLENCE in downtown Portland..not VIOLINS."

Emily Litella:"Ohh..well that's different..never mind."

ExercisingMyRights

That was funny...and so appropriate for what’s going on! Classic Gilda!

Just curious

[whistling]Lol.[whistling]

Caracalla

Occupying? What a joke! How do you occupy a city by surrounding one building? They don't even come out of the building until they get attacked by protesters/rioters. The Feds are totally being taunted. The dems have the worst leadership and worst policies ever and just keep proving it daily. Time to abolish all "non-partisan" voting or this will never end. There should always be a choice between Republican and democrat, not just between democrat and democrat.

ItsPolitical

[thumbup]

sagebrush

A perfect headline and news article would be: "News flash. The mob has moved from the Federal building in Portland to the Capitol in Salem. They are burning, looting and destroying everything in sight. Governor Brown has declared a state of emergency and demanding that the Feds bail her out. They have refused. More later after they have an estimate of damage and a body count. Governor Brown was last seen fleeing the Capitol with her closest allies, Wheeler, Hardesty, Wyden and Merkley are among them. There are reports that they may be heading for California or possibly Mexico. Reports also have it that with few exceptions, the rest of Oregon is celebrating"

ItsPolitical

Oh, how I WISH!!!

Just curious

[scared]Wouldn't they be safer going to Canada?

mairez

Boy, is she ever out of touch. She's a propagandist extraordinaire.

PJ165

This is the death rattle of the democrat party. Hang on, it's going to be chaotic.

ebrucedwards

I AGREE

Just curious

You wish? Or do you dream ?

NWAmerican

Dear Federal Police Force

Please please PLEASE stay in Portland and send more police. Wheeler is an empty clown puppet, Portland's city council are all Urban Terrorist sympathizers and BROWN is so far LEFT, so far out of her league and so void of any leadership qualities that a box of hair would do better than she has done.

IF you MUST go.... could you at the very least take Wheeler and Brown with you?????

Please???

.

ebrucedwards

YES YOUR RIGHT

failed_leadership

this is the democrats attempt to try to look like theyre doing something. the reality is kate brown has no control over feds occupying federal buildings. and until she can control the violence against the building the feds are going nowhere. all kate has to do is stop the violence and they will go home.

ebrucedwards

SO SAD FOR THE SHOPKEEPERS AND BUSINESS OWNERS

Son of Fukov

Yet they remain mostly silent. They deserve to go out of business if they will not stand up to the tyranny we are under. Would they recall Brown if they had the chance? Well, they do. Search stop the abuse Kate Brown.

IBCNU

I don't like the violence either, but if it weren't for those bored, lost souls befriending hate for their new mission, our local 'leaders' would not have had this wake-up call and challenge, which they aren't very good at resolving. Thus we have the federal calvary to finish the job. Out with losers Kate, Ted & Jo Ann. Thanks for the helping us Donald.

ebrucedwards

THIS IS SO COMMON SENSE THANK YOU

ItsPolitical

Well said!!![smile][thumbup][thumbup]

lanquan

Governor Brown "demands"?? What a complete clown, she can't "demand" anything to happen as she lacks stones! She's trying a a move that Predator's daughter Hardesty tried. "I demand"..phooey lady, you command no power and get NO respect. If the Federal Courthouse was guaranteed safe and if Oregon would pay fines for every bit of damage, then the Federal Officers could leave. But the dynamic duo of Mayor Antifa Wheeler and "I Hate the Police" Hardesty can't guarantee any stop to the violence. The rioters are too busy eating their own, starting with "Spineless" Ted

ebrucedwards

FOR A APPOINTED GOVERNOR SHE DOESN'T REALLY DO MUCH

Caracalla

What I don't understand is how hardesty is not being forced out of her position for lying about the police and even admitted it? Had any Republican official so blatantly lie in public like that would be crucified by the media and forced to resign and an apology wouldn't be accepted. Instead she will be the next criminal martyr for the dems.

ItsPolitical

I thought the very same thing.

PDX2MtHood

Thank you federal law enforcement for standing up to these anarchists and other losers who hate our country.

NOYB

Brown still using minorities as a distraction for babysitting her illegal squatters and furthering her hate campaign against legal Oregon taxpayers. Her legacy will be far worse than Goldschmidt's, Kitzhaber's, and Charles Manson. Wheeler won't even have a legacy.

LB

Kate Brown needs to remove herself from office.

Merlin

Amen!

ebrucedwards

APPOINT HERSELF OUT SOUNDS GREAT

Merlin

Kind of like the pedophile Adams.

ebrucedwards

YOUR SO RIGHT THANK YOU

Kire

Brown is behaving like a lying, arrogant child. The Fed officers were doing what all law enforcement officers are sworn to do...enforce the law and protect property. That Brown is siding with the anarchists is a reflection on her lack of wisdom and leadership.

ebrucedwards

THE PERSON WHO CALLS HERSELF SHOULD APPOINT SOMEBODY WHO IS MORE UNDERSTANDING ON WHAT TO DO

racecar57

I would like to see the feds response that shows the same parasitism as Browns statement. Her statement is so one sided that I have to laugh at her ignorance !! I will bet that she had to agree to protect the courthouse and if she does not they will be back. I will also bet that she will not be able to protect it because she is weak and will refuse to have people arrested and kept in jail to prevent these riots. This is kind of like not allowing spanking of a child. Some times it is the only way to get a point across !!

ebrucedwards

YES I AGREE 100%

trob66

Just look for yourself, go downtown and see Lownsdale. Watch the videos of the peaceful protests and you dont see any teargas or confrontations. When they start being violent then you see the mayhem, both sides say the other starts it but logic says why would the cops provoke a crowd that outnumbers them 50 to one?

Frederick Fukov

What an absolute farce. Slavery? Hello? That ended at the conclusion of the Civil War. Oregon's history of discrimination against "black settlers?" How long ago were those laws removed from the Oregon constitution? And just what evidence does this abject failure of a governor have that systemic racism is ingrained in Oregon today? The truth is, it's not. This is all about ancient history, and about one bad cop in Minneapolis. We don't need a governor who is stuck in a continual virtue signal time loop. We need someone who is in tune with the reality and the needs of the citizens today..now..in this reality. I swear, if she and the other liberal idiots in Oregon aren't stuck in the past, then they're stuck on the future with cap and trade and other completely asinine policies. We need common sense leadership, from those who have a grasp on reality, not radical, fanatical idealism, and catering to problems that do not exist. The civil rights movement of the 60s essentially took care of 99% of all that was still wrong with America. All of this garbage she's spewing today is just political weaponizing, intentional race baiting, and fruitless attempts to win the black vote to beat Trump in November. Gawd I hate this woman. I don't drink, but the day she is no longer in office, I'm gonna go buy the most expensive bottle of champagne I can find, and chug it.

ebrucedwards

I HAVEN'T DRANK IN 10 YEARS AND PROBABLY WON'T BUT THAT IDEA IS TEMPING

ItsPolitical

Me, too!

Woogie

There you go Portland. There is your death sentence. People better get out now while they still can

ebrucedwards

SADLY YOUR RIGHT SOME PEOPLE HERE JUST SAY LET PORTLAND BURN .WE USED TO GO DOWN TO PORTLAND SPEND LOTS OF MONEY THERE NOT ANYMORE

amauro

Strange that the Governors office says one thing, but the Attorney General’s Officer says something completely the opposite

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