Publisher's note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire, and written by Ryan Saavedra.
Extremists in Portland that the Department of Homeland Security describes as "violent anarchists" attacked a federal law enforcement official who ended up on the ground on Monday night as the city has now endured more than 50 days of continued violence.
The attack came as federal agents guarded a federal courthouse that rioters have repeatedly tried to destroy.
Journalist Andy Ngo tweeted out a video that showed the attack, writing, "This is why federal law enforcement were using vans and cars to make discreet arrests of violent suspects: Rioters surround and attack an officer in the process of making an arrest outside the courthouse. The suspect escapes."
Other videos from last night showed the rioters allegedly attacking the courthouse and showed law enforcement having to deploy crowd control munitions.
The federal agents that were deployed
to the city to stop the leftist violence are from the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, or BORTAC. ICE agents are also reportedly helping DHS's Federal Protective Service, which protects federal buildings.
, "A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokeswoman said on Friday agents had been deployed to Portland to support a newly launched U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unit, tasked with enforcing last month's executive order from Republican President Donald Trump to protect federal monuments and buildings."
The Department of Homeland Security lists
the following information on BORTAC:
"Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it,"
- The unit is unique in that it conducts training and operations both in the United States and in other countries in furtherance of the U.S. Border Patrol's mission. BORTAC also trains and equips Sector Special Operations Detachments that provide Sector Chief Patrol Agents with the same specialized rapid-response capability in their respective areas of responsibility.
- The unit was created in 1984 to serve a civil disturbance function in response to rioting at legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service detention facilities. It quickly evolved and acquired additional skill sets in high-risk warrant service; intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance; foreign law enforcement / Border Patrol capacity building; airmobile operations; maritime operations; and precision marks- man/observer.
- BORTAC is unique in that it provides a global response capability. The unit has conducted training and operations with foreign and domestic law enforcement and military entities throughout the United States and around the world, including support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said. "A federal courthouse is a symbol of justice — to attack it is to attack America. Instead of addressing violent criminals in their communities, local and state leaders are instead focusing on placing blame on law enforcement and requesting fewer officers in their community. This failed response has only emboldened the violent mob as it escalates violence day after day. "
"This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law,"
Wolf added. "DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them. Again, I reiterate the Department's offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists."