A state of emergency has been declared in Portland for the first time and members of the Portland PD are being deputized as federal officers.

State of Emergency

The U.S. Department of Justice has identified three U.S. cities in which “anarchy, violence, and destruction” have caused long-term, widespread damage to people, property and the rule of law over the past few months.

New York City

Shootings in NYC in July 2020 had a 177% increase over July 2019. In August 2020, shootings increased 166% over August 2019.


Portland made the list over its more than 100 consecutive nights of protests marred by “vandalism, chaos, and even killing,” the statement reads.


Seattle joined both Portland and NYC on the “anarchist” list for permitting protestors to seize six square blocks of the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, naming their “Capital Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ), which was later renamed the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP). Two teenagers were shot and killed in the zone. Law enforcement and first responders were impeded from entering the territory. The Seattle Police Department was even ordered to abandon their precinct within the CHOP.

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