The Trump administration has planned to send more federal officers to Portland as the situation heightened over the weekend between demonstrators and agents.
Federal agents were first placed in and around the city’s federal courthouse in recent weeks to protect it from the nightly protests taking place.
In an effort to strengthen these forces, the US Marshals Service decided to deploy an additional 100 officers starting last Thursday to assist, The Washington Post reported.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has also considered sending an additional 50 US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), but the department has not made a final decision, the newspaper reported.
Federal agents from the US Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service first arrived in Portland earlier in July in an effort to quell the protests.
Nightly protests, rioting, and looting have taken place in the city since the death of George Floyd in May at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Instead of quelling protests, though, the appearance of federal agents has only reenergised demonstrators and helped them encourage more people to come out each night.