Washington state officials confirm federal officials leave Seattle

Washington state officials confirmed Tuesday that a federal law enforcement unit is leaving Seattle after being dispatched to the city to quell ongoing protests there.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) and Governor. Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee Washington State Officials Confirm Federal Officials Leaving Seattle Democratic lawmakers are launching the ‘Mean Girls’ inspired initiative to promote facial masks It is time for Trump administration doctors to denounce his statements, be whatever the consequences (D) said in a statement that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Border Patrol Tactical Unit left Seattle after being deployed there “without the consultation or consent of state and local officials.”

“The president’s actions to attack and ‘dominate’ Democratic cities through the use of federal forces are chilling. Violence has increased in Portland, Seattle, and other cities across the country, which is what the president intended. Surveillance decisions in Seattle must be made by Chief Best, not Donald Trump, and we can be sure that they will be, ”Durkan said.

Officers were first dispatched to Seattle last week amid a wave of national protests against systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the murder of George Floyd in May.

The Trump administration has claimed that the deployments were intended to restore “law and order” against “anarchist” protesters, but local officials criticized the move as a provocation.

“This demobilization means that Washingtonians no longer have to worry about the White House goal of provoking confrontations and undermining peaceful protests,” Inslee said. Those who peacefully protest have raised public awareness of the urgent need for racial justice, and I have no doubt that they will continue to use their voices to call for action. We must continue to progress towards a better and fairer Washington for all. ”

The equipment that had been dispatched to Seattle is similar to units that remain in Portland, Oregon, to strengthen federal property that has been damaged by protesters amid ongoing protests there.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden hits Trump’s ‘law and order’ message: he’s trying to ‘scare the devil’ out of people Pelosi hits Barr after testimony: ‘It was like a blot’ and Trump Schumer’s ‘henchman’: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to aid Republican election opportunities MORE It has responded to criticism that the deployments are an overreaction, causing the protests to be led by violent “anarchists”, although many of the protests have been peaceful.

“The fake news media is trying to portray the Portland and Seattle ‘protesters’ as wonderful, sweet, and innocent people who just took a little walk. Actually, they are sick and deranged anarchists and agitators that our great men and women of law enforcement easily control, but that … would destroy our American cities, and worse …, “he tweeted Monday.