Now that the federal officers have left Portland’s federal courthouse, the rioters are leaving the courthouse alone. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the rioters/anarchists have switched to a different venue.

According to this DHS readout, “Activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse once again remained peaceful, in sharp contrast to the violent nightly siege of previous weeks. Thursday evening marked a fifth consecutive night with zero attacks directed at federal officers or federal property.” That’s the good news. The bad news is that “Portland’s rioters have not stopped and are instead focusing their attacks on local law enforcement officers and buildings elsewhere in the city. In doing so, violent anarchists have employed many of the same violent tactics previously used in the federal courthouse siege. Thursday night, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that it had declared yet another unlawful and riotous assembly, the fourth in four consecutive nights, as rioters attacked state and local officers and the East Precinct building. Unlike the courthouse siege, however, the nightly violence against PPB officers and property has drawn the condemnation of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who said in a press conference that the activity ‘is not peaceful protests.'”

This is the nastiest part of the anarchist-related news:

Miles away from the courthouse, PPB reported that it declared an unlawful assembly just before 10 p.m. local time, after rioters vandalized the East Precinct building and attacked security cameras. The report also added, that after the declaration, rioters set a garbage can on fire and pushed it up against the building. As PPB and OSP officers worked to disperse the crowd, they were attacked with hard projectiles such as glass bottles and heavy rocks.

PPB reported that the group returned to the precinct building multiple times after being repeatedly dispersed, during which time officers were assaulted with hard projectiles and commercial grade fireworks. PPB also reported that an officer was severely wounded by a thrown rock. The majority of the crowd had departed the area by 2:30 a.m. local time, according to PPB.

This is one of those times when a lengthy prison sentence is essential. Since this wasn’t perpetrated on federal property or against federal agents, this needs to be adjudicated at the local level. The good thing about that is that these criminals aren’t subject to a presidential pardon.

Mayor Wheeler could’ve prevented this had he taken a hardline stance against the rioters. While it wouldn’t change their hearts and minds in terms of believing in the need to eliminate the police, it would’ve put them in prison where they can’t attack people on the street. This is what DHS has put up with:

Most of these rioters were supported by Mayor Wheeler — until they turned on him. Shortly thereafter, Wheeler turned on Antifa. Still, Wheeler isn’t that effective:

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