Washington - On Tuesday, July
28, 2020, U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington visited
Portland, Oregon, to meet with agency employees responding to repeated
attacks from violent opportunists at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S.
Courthouse. As he toured the federal building, Director Washington was
able to see firsthand the damage and chaos wrought from almost two
months of violence.
D/OR USM Russel Burger (left) talks with USMS
Director Donald Washington about the nightly damage Portland’s Mark O.
Hatfield Federal Courthouse has sustained since the protests began in
From graffiti spray painted across the entire
perimeter of the courthouse facade to tear gas and fireworks stains that
marked the ground, the evidence of disorder stood as a testament to the
strength of deputy marshals and other federal officers who have shown
great restraint under difficult circumstances.
same night Shannon Bream of Fox News @ Night interviewed Director
Washington about the role of the U.S. Marshals in protecting the court
and working toward a peaceful resolution. He used the opportunity to
tell Americans that district employees live and work in the city and
have been Portlanders for many years.
“The United States Marshals
Services’ primary function since 1789 has been to protect the federal
judicial function,” Washington said. “What we are doing in Portland is
nothing new; we’ve been doing it for 230 years, and in terms of
Portland, we’ve been here for 16 decades.”
“The men and women
that are stationed here are folks who are parts of this community, they
are husbands and wives, they are raising children here, they live and
die here; this is their state, this is their home,” Washington
continued. “That courthouse is the symbol of justice in this community,
from which many important decisions have come.”
Washington ended his interview stating that he remains the eternal
optimist, that law and order will return to the city of Portland as well
as other cities and states who have suffered from violence associated
with protests across the country.
“I am a firm believer in our
constitution,” Washington stated. “I think it is the thing that
separates us from other countries in the world, I think it holds great
promise, but just like everybody else, we are always looking for a
“I encourage the public to separate the good from
the bad. In my experience as a law enforcement officer, we want law and
order, we want justice, but we want equal justice under the law.”
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