By Amanda Butt
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday morning that the federal government has agreed to a phased withdrawal of officers from the federal courthouse in Portland.
The federal officers have been stationed at the courthouse for weeks and their presence has resulted in serious injuries to demonstrators and lawsuits against President Donald Trump’s administration, the Federal Protective Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
“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,” Brown said in a statement.