Recently, the government sent Portland assistance in the form of federal officers. It was their job to protect the federal courthouse, which has faced damage from hundreds of protesters.
Reports claim that the courthouse has been under attack almost nightly, and vandalism remains a very serious threat.
Since that time, federal officials have attempted to form a protective ring around the courthouse, in the form of both manpower and fencing.
But Portland isn’t exactly grateful for that help.
In fact, despite the ongoing protests and potential rioting, the city has actually fined the federal government.
City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said in a statement that federal officers had overstepped their bounds, and that’s why the city is reacting.
According to Fox News:
The city of Portland, Ore. is fining the federal government $500 for every 15 minutes it maintains unpermitted fencing outside of the federal courthouse that has faced nightly attacks amid ongoing protests and rioting.
Commissioner Eudaly said that so far, the government has racked up a total fine of $192,000.
And this isn’t merely a political statement, either.
She claims that she’s “afraid to direct workers to do their job,” and further adds that they fully intend to pursue collection of the fine.
As Eudaly said in a tweet:
Yes, I am afraid to direct workers to do their job and enforce our laws against the federal government—I hope that gives everyone reading this pause.
As of yesterday, the federal government owes us $192,000 and counting. We intend to collect.
Eudaly has been against the actions of the federal officers from the beginning:
Last week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (which Eudaly heads up) sent a cease-and-desist letter to the government officials.
They demanded they take down the fence, which officers erected as a barrier — they were trying to fend off demonstrators throwing projectiles, evidently.
But the government didn’t respond to the letter. And now, the city and Eudaly are taking the next step.
She also said that in addition to fining the feds $500 for every 15 minutes the fence is up, she is “investigating other legal remedies available to us.”
Lastly, Eudaly suggested that the federal government was overreacting, and that only a small percentage of the protesters were violent.
Is there a fine line between civil disobedience and outright rioting? Or is it more black-and-white?
These are questions politicians and lawmakers must face, and it could also prove to be a major topic during the 2020 presidential election.
- Portland has fined the federal government: $500 for every 15 minutes an “unpermitted fence” remains in place around the courthouse.
- So far, the bill comes to $192,000, and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly “intends to collect.”
- The Commissioner claims the government overreacted to the situation, and that most of the demonstrations are peaceful.
Source: Fox News