Protests and rallies against police violence and racism continued in Portland Friday, the second night since local and state officials confirmed federal officers would no longer be leading the response to demonstrations downtown.
Instead, a spokesperson for Gov. Kate Brown’s office said close to 100 Oregon State Police troopers would be deployed to Portland to guard the city’s federal courthouse. However, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday night, saying Homeland Security is still monitoring the protests in Portland.
Like Thursday night, law enforcement officers have not been visible.
Friday marked the 65th consecutive night of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Several demonstrations were held across the city as protesters refocused the message from the presence of federal officers to eradicating systemic racism.
As usual, groups converged outside the Multnomah County Justice Center and federal courthouse, which are just a block away from each other in downtown. The crowd is estimated to be more than 1,000 people.