Between Thursday and Monday morning, federal agents took seven protesters in Oregon into custody for allegedly vandalizing a courthouse and assaulted law enforcement officers during ongoing protests for police reform after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.
Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse was severely damaged by over 40 consecutive nights of protesting, with police being subjected to thrown projectiles, mortars and high intensity lasers that could have made them blind.
At one point, the protesters started a fire in the entryway of the courthouse by throwing in fireworks while one held the door. A security camera was also destroyed by the protesters.
All seven of the suspects appeared in court Monday on charges that included assault on a federal officer, destruction of federal property and creating a hazard on federal property.
U.S. Marshals Service deputies and officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have all been on duty protecting the courthouse.
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