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Acting DHS secretary Chad Wolf says 'full, augmented federal force’ remains in Portland, on standby, amid protests

A woman walks by a street poster depicting Lady Liberty refusing an immigrant family to cross the wall, during a "Defund the Police" march from King County Youth Jail to City Hall in Seattle, Washington on August 5, 2020. (Jason Redmond / AFP) (Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images)

Acting Homeland Security secretary Chad Wolf faced questions from lawmakers Thursday on the Trump administration’s response to protests at a federal building in Portland, Ore., in a hearing before the Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Wolf said in his opening statement that the “full, augmented federal force” remains in Portland, on standby, amid protests.

Here are some significant developments:

  • With the United States confronting a persistent reckoning spurred by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Seattle’s City Council moved to cut some police funding and reduce the number of officers.
  • A move to disband the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s killing faced an uncertain future after a commission blocked the City Council from putting a necessary initiative on the November ballot.
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With the United States confronting a persistent reckoning spurred by George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Seattle’s City Council moved to cut some police funding and reduce the number of officers.
A move to disband the Minneapolis Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s killing faced an uncertain future after a commission blocked the City Council from putting a necessary initiative on the November ballot.

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