Justice Dept. says 18 people facing federal charges after Portland protests [View all]
Source: The Hill
The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday that 18 people are facing federal charges after several days of protests in Portland, Ore.
The DOJ said in court filings that the charges, stemming from demonstrations at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, include assaulting a federal officer, creating a disturbance, trespassing on federal property, failing to comply with a lawful order, damaging government property, arson and more.
All defendants are believed to be local residents and range in age from 18-45. Theyve all made their first appearances in court and were ordered released pending jury trials or other follow-up court proceedings.
The charges come after several consecutive nights of protests have rocked the city. The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis in May when a white police officer pinned him down by his neck for nearly nine minutes.
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