US Attorney: ‘No one in their right minds thinks this is OK’
Media allowed inside the fence at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse.
by: Jacquelyn Abad, KOIN 6 News Staff – July 24, 2020
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 1000 people protested outside the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland Thursday night. While there were many peaceful protesters, there were some agitators setting fires and throwing projectiles. Several times federal officers came out to break out the crowd using tear gas.
But protesters kept coming back.
Around 2 a.m., Portland police declared an unlawful assembly and the group dissipated over the next few hours. No one was arrested.
At 9 a.m., officials allowed media inside the federal courthouse for a look at the damage.
Inside the fence surrounding the Hatfield Federal Courthouse are bags of feces, commercial grade fireworks, CS cans used by officers, bricks, glass bottles, fluid cans for Molotov cocktails.
“I saw a walker like a senior citizen, disabled person’s walker thrown in here,” said Scott Asphaug, the First Assistant US Attorney for Oregon.
The federal courthouse still smells like tear gas, affecting those who work there.
“This building is supposed to represent justice and it’s drowning out the voices that should matter, which are the voices of social and racial justice taking place in Portland, and instead we’re talking about riots,” Asphaug said. “So the people who are doing the rioting are drowning out the voices that really need to be heard and that’s just heartbreaking.”
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