Oregon State Police troopers have been federally deputized, for operations inside Portland concerning the ongoing riots, looting, and murders taking place in that city, state police confirm.
State police say they’re working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to review arrests made by troopers assigned to Portland for potential prosecution. This became necessary after the Multnomah County District Attorney, Mike Schmidt, announced his office would presumptively decline to prosecute certain misdemeanor charges stemming from the protests,. Now, it will be a decision for the US Attorney and not state prosecutors.
The troopers assigned to Portland have been cross-deputized by the U.S. Marshals.
The news of state police troopers being deputized by U.S. Marshals came a day after sheriffs from surrounding counties declined to send in deputies to help Multnomah County and the Portland Police Bureau after Gov. Brown outlined a law enforcement plan to respond to the unrest.
One person was shot and killed Saturday night near a pro-Trump caravan rally and counterprotest in downtown Portland, bringing a renewed spotlight on the city that has seen more than 90 days of consecutive protests and hundreds of resulting arrests.
Early Tuesday, this web site reported that Acting Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) wrote to Portland's Mayor warning him that if the city did not take action, the feds would do so. (Story Here)
Now, it seems the feds warning is being backed up with federal action.