There has been a great deal of violence in America as of late, and while it’s not acceptable, it is understandable.
We’ve had a global pandemic weighing on us like a deadly blanket, crushing us physically, mentally, and financially. Then, you throw in the most controversial President of our lifetime, and there is a recipe for great tumult.
But in some places in our great nation, the violence doesn’t seem to wax and wane in any predictable way. It just rises and falls on the whims of the bad actors behind the mayhem.
In Portland, Oregon, things again turned turbulent this week.
Downtown Portland, Oregon, erupted in violence yet again Thursday night, drawing tear gas and smoke bombs from federal officers who were deployed to quell the unrest, according to a report.
Rioters set fires and smashed windows in the area of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse until being driven away by federal officers, OregonLive.com reported.
The courthouse is often defended by the Federal Protective Service but it wasn’t immediately clear if FPS personnel were the officers involved in Thursday’s action. Portland city police and Oregon state police have also been deployed during past riots in the city.
The crowd later made a return to the area, managing to break some courthouse windows and set another fire, the report said.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has been dealing with these violent outbursts for months on end, and has received plenty of criticism from the political community over his unwillingness to nip this is the bud.
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