PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty are calling for an “immediate meeting” with Department of Homeland Security leadership, including acting Secretary Chad Wolf.
Wheeler and Hardesty issued a statement Monday evening saying they are seeking to end the “federal occupation” of Portland.
“Today, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty are calling for an immediate meeting with Department of Homeland Security leadership on the ground in Portland and with Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to discuss a cease-fire and removal of heightened federal forces from Portland,” according to the joint statement.
FOX 12 has reached out to DHS for a response.
Wheeler has sparred with Wolf in the media in recent weeks, after federal officers arrived in Portland amid ongoing protests and riots.
The situation in Portland has surpassed 60 days and drawn national attention, with a hashtag #PortlandKidnappings trending on Twitter after federal agents were accused of using unmarked vehicles to take people into custody without cause.
Wolf stated federal officers are in Portland to protect federal buildings and stop criminal activity. Wolf tweeted Monday that there were 20 injuries to federal officers in Portland over the weekend.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced that 22 people had been arrested on federal charges in connection with the weekend protests in Portland.
“Protests in downtown Portland have been followed by nightly criminal activity including assaults on law enforcement officers, destruction of property, looting, arson, and vandalism. The Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been a nightly target of vandalism during evening protests and riots, sustaining extensive damage,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
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