On Friday 18 people were arrested by the Justice Department on the charges of instigating riots and protests in the parts of Portland. The riots and protests have threatened the national security of the United States of America for weeks. The riots were taking place near the federal courthouse. These protests are said to be taking place for about 50 days now.
The charges were announced against the accused individuals by the US attorney for Oregon. Several criminal charges are imposed on them which are related to the sieging of Hatfield Courthouse, which was taken by the protestors. However, the courthouse has been taken under control by law enforcement now.
The charges that are imposed on the alleged individuals include assault, damage of public and personal property, arson, trespassing the government property, and non-compliance with the law orders. The individuals have, however, been presented in the court and are now released for further court proceedings. The document released by the court included that the protest which was undertaken by the individuals resulted in damage to property and other unlawful activities.
It is also reported that the law enforcement agencies that are protecting the courthouse were being threatened by the protestors or demonstrators when they were carrying out their duties. However, many people are criticizing this move of arresting the “demonstrators”. The law enforcement officers have been assaulted and mauled by the protestors many times in the last few days but well-known individuals from the Democrats
are still criticizing them for allegedly escalating the situation.
The DOJ and DHS officers are still investigating their response to the protests. About 10,400 US dollars are said to be looted when the protests were taking place in the US. The riots took place after the death of George Floyd in May this year.