During a visit to Portland earlier on Thursday, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said state and city authorities are to blame for not putting an end to the protests, angering local officials.
"Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the fearless law enforcement officers protecting it", he said.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, however, took the opportunity to accuse Trump of sending the federal law enforcement as a means of garnering "political points in OH or Iowa".
But also on June 26, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to protect government-owned monuments and statues, authorizing the federal government to take action against anyone who damaged them.
However, OPB noted that interviews with protesters showed that "officers are also detaining people on Portland streets who aren't near federal property, nor is it clear that all of the people being arrested have engaged in criminal activity".
Videos circulating on social media show heavily armed federal officers with no agency markings snatching people off Portland's streets and forcing them into unmarked cars.
Turning to local and state officials, Wolf chastised them for "placing blame" on law enforcement for acts of defiance which has resulted in almost nightly clashes with police who have used force in dispersal and detainment tactics and caused injuries.
Law enforcement officers who have been working to protect the courthouse have been subjected to "threats; aerial fireworks including mortars; high-intensity lasers targeting officers' eyes; [and] thrown rocks, bottles, and balloons filled with paint from demonstrators while performing their duties", the statement added. "That's just not going to happen on my watch".
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The Trump administration sent the federal officers to Portland to confront racial justice demonstrators earlier this month against the wishes of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, both Democrats.
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Taking a page from the playbooks of autocrats around the globe, President Trump has deployed federal agents to patrol the streets of Portland, Ore., where, dressed in camouflage uniforms that identified them only as "police", they have reportedly used tear gas to dispel protesters - and more darkly, cruised the city in unmarked vans in search of suspected protesters before spiriting them off. We very much quelled it, and if it starts again, we'll quell it again very easily. The officers, according to Pettibone, drove an unmarked gray minivan.
Local accounts and videos suggest this has been happening since at least Tuesday, reports Oregon Public Broadcasting.
After six weeks of peaceful BLM demonstrations, Portland has witnessed the second consecutive night of clashes between police and BLM activists.
"This is terrifying and outrageous", tweeted Vanita Gupta, president an CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. "These actions are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered".
"The best thing [federal officers] can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether", Wheeler continued.
The Nation's Jeet Heer wrote Friday that "on the face of it, what these federal officers are doing is illegal and unconstitutional".