A strategic team of border agents stationed in Seattle last week told officers to help protect federal property, officials said Tuesday.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the Department of Homeland Security informed her of the move. The Special Response Team was sent to the city last week as the Trump administration continues to defend the federal government’s intervention as part of an effort to restore law and order amid ongoing protests in several cities.
“@ DHSgov informed me that federal forces stationed in Seattle have collapsed and left,” Durkan tweeted. “The president’s actions to target Democratic cities with federal forces are further increasing violence in Portland, Seattle and other cities – as the president intended.
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In a follow-up tweet, Durkan said policing decisions should be made by Police Chief Carmen Best, not President Trump. Following weeks of demonstrations, agents were stationed in Seattle to protect federal property in the wake of the unrest and occupation of a so-called autonomous protest zone where police officers and other first responders were denied entry.
In his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr claimed that “violent rioters and anarchists” hijacked legitimate protest, while specifically mentioning the ongoing unrest in Portland, Ore. , Where there have been clashes between protesters and officials of Black Lives Matter. Every night.
Durkan, along with other big city mayors, has condemned the presence of federal agents in his jurisdiction. Opponents argue that the perceived bulky tactics used by federal agents only increased tensions between protesters and officials.
He said, the move was made without the consent or consultation of state and local authorities.
Durkan wrote in another tweet, “The president’s actions to target Democratic cities through the use of federal forces are freezing and increasing violence in other cities in Portland, Seattle (and).”
Village j. Inlee, a Democrat, also praised the withdrawal of federal forces.
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“This means that Washingtonians no longer have to worry about the White House’s purpose of inciting confrontation and reducing peaceful protests,” he tweeted.
Over the weekend, according to city and local reports, a total of 80 Seattle police officers were injured, one of which required hospitalization. Other injuries included injuries, friction, burns, and a torn meniscus, but many officers were able to return to work. Some miscreants set fire to a portable trailer and threw an explosive device into a police nuisance, while officers used blast balls, sponge rounds, and OC spray to disperse the protesters.
About 50 people were arrested.
Fox News’ Ron Blitzer and Stephen Soares contributed to this report.