State police and law enforcement from neighboring suburbs in Oregon were sent to Portland on Monday as tensions mounted following a fatal weekend shooting in the midst of clashes between supporters of President Donald Trump and counter-protesters.
Governor Kate Brown announced a plan that she said would allow for peaceful protest while cracking down on law breakig that has often accompanied demonstrations. In addition to temporarily sending in state police troopers and officers from neighboring jurisdictions, the FBI and federal prosecutors will add resources to prosecute criminal offenses stemming from protests, Brown said.
The Trump administration in July deployed federal forces to Portland to protect a U.S. courthouse that has been the focus of violent protests and other federal property. The federal agents were later withdrawn.
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