President Donald Trump appears to have scored a victory in his ongoing effort to quell the destructive protests that continue to plague Portland, Oregon.
As Democrats across the state oppose intervention by the Trump administration, a judge shot down efforts to restrict federal troops being deployed in the area, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Therefore deny its request”
Portland has been the scene of demonstrations and riots for weeks and local leaders have expressed firm opposition to the president’s push for a strong federal law-enforcement presence on the streets.
Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler has condemned Trump for sending the agents to his city and the state’s attorney general filed a lawsuit aimed at tying the federal government’s hands.
On Friday, however, a federal judge denied the state’s request for a restraining order.
In addition to ruling that Oregon “lacks standing” in the case, Judge Michael Mosman determined that the attorney general failed to provide evidence of arbitrary apprehensions described in some accounts.
“Because it has not shown it is vindicating an interest that is specific to the state itself—I find the State of Oregon lacks standing here and therefore deny its request for a temporary restraining order,” he wrote.
Not only Portland
Mosman’s order came ahead of another weekend marked by violence and property damage as some protesters have attempted to destroy a federal courthouse. Similar demonstrations have been reported across the U.S., including in nearby Seattle, Washington.
A Starbucks location was set ablaze in that city and the Justice Department won its bid for a restraining order against a local order restricting the use of crowd-control methods — like pepper spray — by federal officers.
In some cases, rioters have set fires and clashed with local and federal agents. Reports indicate demonstrators using lasers, fireworks, and other weapons that have resulted in injuries to numerous officers.
As ABC and other news outlets reported, protests that began peacefully in Oakland, California “intensified” to include the torching of a courthouse.
With many on the left proclaiming that the answer lies in reduced funding for police, it is no wonder the president’s strategy of restoring law and order in Portland and elsewhere across the country is resonating with so many voters.