Protests for July 23


On the night of July 23rd, thousands of people once again filled the street and parks in front of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse and the Justice Center downtown. Early in the night, a small group (around 5 individuals) of counter-protestors stood against the fence surrounding the federal courthouse, proclaiming “Protect the fence and protect the city”, drawing criticism from protestors. Multiple fires were set in the portico between the front of the courthouse and the fence by protestors throwing trash over the fence.

Starting at 12:30 AM, federal officers deployed copious amounts of tear gas against protestors, an action that continued for several hours. This began while federal officers still remained inside the courthouse and shot munitions out the open front doors. They rushed out a couple times to detain protestors that had breached the fence and gotten into the portico, and eventually made their way onto the street. In the street in front of the federal courthouse, federal officers continued to gas and detain protestors, all while pushing protestors west directly away from the courthouse area.

After federal officers went back into the courthouse around 3 AM, calm returned to the area and the night ended without further incident.

Scheduled Events


Around 11:05 PM, the doors of the federal courthouse, where the bulk of protestors were stood, opened. No federal agents exited the building.

A small group of people was seen towards the front line of the demonstration promoting protecting the fence, much to the ire of the surrounding protestors.

Just before 12:30 AM, federal officers deployed tear gas and pepper balls against protestors.

Federal officers exited the courthouse for the first time of the night around 12:50 AM.

Around 1:10 AM, federal officers rushed out of the courthouse and made at least one arrest.

Around 1:15 AM, federal officers declared the gather an unlawful assembly.

Around 1:30 AM, federal officers came out from the fenced enclosure around the federal courthouse to disperse protestors with tear gas.

Federal officers once again filled the streets and parks with tear gas while dispersing protestors to the west of the federal courthouse.

Not sure what to say about this one:

As federal officers made their way back to the courthouse, protestors crept forward the same direction, led by a wall of shields.




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Agencies Present

  • U.S. Marshals
  • Department of Homeland Security – Federal Protection Services


  • tear gas
  • flash bangs
  • pepper balls


Feds: six


  • assaulting federal officers
  • failing to obey lawful orders