CNN approached VSD to comment.
El. The letter states that customs and border guards are requesting teams of around 20-25 staff. More specifically, the agency is looking for representatives of the special unit that has been provided with tactical training, who can be called upon to deploy immediately when needed. El. The letter also invites agents from another Border Patrol unit providing search and rescue response and intelligence personnel.
For several nights, largely peaceful protests in the city proved brutal as a small subgroup of riots set fire and fired fireworks at the federal courthouse in the city center. The issue prompted local Portland City officials and members of the Trump administration to engage in a public war of words over who was to blame for the rioters ’actions.
Although Wheeler had already urged federal agents to withdraw from Portland, his demand to meet with the SSD shows a change in the position of his previously established society. When the CNN asked last week if he was in touch with Wolf, the mayor downplayed the need for any communication.
“I have no reason to achieve it,”; he said. “My demands are clear. I want them to come out.”
Wheeler and other Oregon officials have been critical of federal agents ’tactics. Recent videos from protest scenes show VSD staff detained protesters and released them on unmarked SUVs.
Wheeler himself gasped for gas last week after joining a crowd to listen to protesters and answer their questions in response to brutal clashes between demonstrators and federal forces. It is not known at this time who is responsible for the release of tear gas, and there is nothing to suggest that the mayor was directed.
CNN’s Alta Spells and Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this report.