Scenes from Past Week of Rioting in Portland, Oregon: ‘No one in their right minds thinks this is OK,’ Says Oregon US Attorney Billy Williams

Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon)
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon).

18 Arrested, Facing Federal Charges After Weeknight Protests at Federal Courthouse in Portland

Billy Williams, the US Attorney for Oregon, said leadership is needed to put an end to this ongoing violence. “You know, it’s hijacking the moment in history.”

Acting CBP commissioner Mark Morgan says criminals have taken over some American city protests with the goal to riot and injure federal agents, and to say their presence is inciting violence is ‘ridiculous.’

Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan says protesters’ claims and subsequent media criticism that federal agents are unidentified is a lie because federal agents wear six pieces of separate identification. Patches include police patches, patches on either shoulder (e.g., assigned to CBP), and a number identification that corresponds to a specific officer. CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan authorized the removal of officers’ name badges because rioters were doxing officers and their family and trying to get to go to their homes.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler gets caught in the crossfire in another night of violence protests; Dan Springer reports from Seattle.

Portland Mayor was shouted down when he tried to speak. He was hit with tear gas while rioters attempted to take down a fence surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse.

“If we are not able to get the federal administration to back off and leave our city, it will happen all across the United States — jeopardizing our United States Constitution.

— Mayor Ted Wheeler, Portland

Prior to the encounter and a rallying statement by Mayor Wheeler for rioters, the Portland City Council approved an ordinance banning the city police department from assisting or in any way coordinating with federal law enforcement.




U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced Friday July 24, 20220 that 18 people have been arrested and are facing federal charges this week for their roles in recent weeknight protests at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland.

According to court documents, since May 26, 2020, protests in downtown Portland have been followed by nightly criminal activity including assaults on law enforcement officers, destruction of property, looting, arson, and vandalism. The Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been a nightly target of vandalism during evening protests and riots, sustaining extensive damage.

U.S. Marshals Service deputies and officers from the Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection working to protect the courthouse have been subjected to nightly threats and assaults from demonstrators while performing their duties.

A total of eighteen suspects are facing charges including assaulting federal officers, arson and damaging government property.

Criminal complaints and informations are only accusations of a crime, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

— US Attorney’s Office District of Oregon

Five people have been charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 20, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 21, 2020.

Jennifer Kristiansen, 37, is charged with assaulting a federal officer;

Zachary Duffly, 45, is charged with creating a disturbance;

Wyatt Ash-Milby, 18, is charged with trespassing on federal property; and

Caleb Ehlers, 23, and Paul Furst, 22, are charged with failing to comply with a lawful order.

Seven people have been charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 21, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 22, 2020.

Jerusalem Callahan, 24, is charged with willfully damaging government property;

Joseph Ybarra, 21, is charged with arson;

Marnie Sager, 27, and Ella Miller, 26, are charged failing to comply with a lawful order; and

Taylor Lemons, 31; Giovanni Bondurant, 19; and Gabriel Houston, 22, are charged with assaulting federal officers.

Six people have been charged for alleged criminal conduct during a protest beginning July 22, 2020 and continuing into the early morning hours of July 23, 2020.

Joseph Lagalo, 37; Baily Dreibelbis, 22; Nicholas Kloiber, 26; David Hazan, 24; Hailey Holden, 30; and Cameron Knuetson, age unknown, are charged with failing to comply with a lawful order.




All defendants are presumed to be local residents.

All 18 defendants have made their first appearances in federal court and were ordered released pending jury trials or other follow-up court proceedings.

These cases are being jointly investigated the U.S. Marshals Service and Federal Protective Service. They are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

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Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon)
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon).
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon)
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon).
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon)
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon).
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon)
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon).
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon)
Trash at Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (SOURCE: US Attorneys District of Oregon).