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Lord, keep our nation from corruption and let no plan of the enemy prevail.Please stop the hatred and violence going on in our nation and let us, united, call upon Your name.
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Unrest in Portland continued on Aug. 19 as a mob marched to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building and broke windows after assaulting police officers.

Crowds in the hundreds have been gathering on a nightly basis in Oregon’s largest city since May 28. On most nights, members commit acts of violence. . . .

People gathered in Elizabeth Caruthers Park in south Portland and marched half a mile to the ICE building.

“These people began shining lights and lasers at federal officers located inside of the building. Group members began kicking and banging on the doors and windows of the ICE building,” the Portland Police Bureau stated in an incident summary. . . .

Because of the criminal acts, police, assisted by federal officers, issued warnings before dispersing the crowd with tear gas and munitions. While being forced to move away from the building, some rioters hurled projectiles such as softball-sized rocks and glass bottles at the police. Someone threw a hammer.

The dispersal was only temporarily successful. The mob made its way back to the ICE building and smashed windows, triggering another attempt to control the crowd.

Two people, Joshua Buckley, 30, and Mark Putman, 25, were both arrested for interfering with an officer and disorderly conduct.

Under a new policy from Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, both will likely see their charges dropped.

Rioters the previous evening targeted a county building, setting it on fire, and over the weekend brutally assaulted multiple people, leaving one man unconscious.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell said hours earlier on Aug. 19 that he had a solution to the continued violence.

“We continue to get asked how this will end and how the violence will stop,” he said in a statement.

Epoch Times Photo
A member of the media stands amid tear gas used by police officers to clear rioters near an Immigration and Customs Enforcement centre in Portland, Ore., Aug. 19, 2020, in this still image from a video obtained from social media. (Twitter/DAVE_BLAZER /Instagram/AARON2543/via Reuters

“The solution is in a critical mass of community and partners coming together to denounce this criminal activity and call it out as it does not represent what we know our community at large wants or values. The solution includes broad support for the police to do their job in exhausting and challenging circumstances,” he wrote. . . .

“The stakes are high and the world is watching. We are on the national stage right now. I would much rather be known for being leaders in change rather than nightly violence,” he wrote.

A policing expert told The Epoch Times in July that city officials needed to get the violence in Portland under control or step down, particularly Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler.

“The longer it’s tolerated, the more out of control it becomes, the harder it is to contain it,” said Maria Haberfeld, professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Article by Zachary Stieber. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons.)

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anonymous guest
August 24, 2020

supporting portland,
in normal situations, a mayor or governing official who cannot contain or allows a city’s peace and order to continue would normally be asked to step down, or recalled, or in congress, in last circumstances, to impeach the official. the mayor and governor are no longer effective in governing portland and safe from harm. a lt. official who can restore peace and order, steps in and the sheriff also steps in.

Michael Guidera
August 23, 2020

Since when can’t police use lethal force when their lives are threatened? The media has demonized the police force and enabled rioters. I pray the eyes of the Ameican people are opened to see the deception and use their rights at the ballot box to rid our country of those leaders that are destroying our country.

Barbara Hesch
August 23, 2020

It seems as if we are watching a drama movie, filled with violence and murder and the bad guys are winning. The innocent people are cowering in fear and don’t know what to do. Then all of a sudden here come the heroes! They fight back with everything they’ve got, take out the bad guys, give the people hope, and restore law and order. This is the way we thought it works. Well, the reality is, it’s really happening and we all are wondering how and when this will end. Lord, our hope is in You. We know that good overcomes evil. You are good and we are putting our trust in You to raise up those heroes to put an end to this evil and anarchy. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray.

Mike Larson
August 23, 2020

This violence will continue until Law Enforcement has had enough, and uses whatever force is necessary to stop it in it’s tracks!
The longer it is tolerated, and charges are dropped by the weak State and city government, the worse it will become. I cannot believe how long the powers to be have been willing to
endure this abuse.

    Bertha Herrera
    August 23, 2020

    The mainstream media refuses to air any of what is going on. Mr Naddler even said that it was a “mith” that there was violence on the streets. None if the Democrats acknowledge that there is a problem. On the contrary, they are pretending they are “President Trump supporters in other cities like Hollywood, and gather with signs pretending they are are for “Child lives Matter” but have bulletins requesting to refund I.C. E. You know “Trump’s supporters would not do that!
    Do we need to pray that those impostors will be denounced.


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