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DHS Head Vows Agency ‘Will Not Retreat’ From Portland Amid Secret Police Arrests

Amid condemnation of the violent repression of anti-racist protests by federal police, the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Tuesday the agency “will not retreat” from Portland, Oregon.

Smear attacks leveled against officers are disgusting,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told reporters on Tuesday. “These officers are not military … they are civilian police officers, they are not storm troopers … this description is offensive.”

“If you’re looking to peaceful protests, do it away from violent riots,” Wolf continued, noting that violent rioters “need to find another line of work … we will not retreat.”

 

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