22 people facing federal charges in connection to Portland protests

TheHill reports a total of 22 people are facing federal charges in connection to the protests in Portland, Ore., federal officials announced Monday.

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced that 22 people were charged with criminal conduct between July 23 and July 27.

Demonstrations in Portland have persisted since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 26. Court documents allege criminal activity has broken out at night outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse, including assaults on law enforcement officers, destruction of property, looting, arson and vandalism.

A release from Williams’s office said that federal authorities from the U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) “have been objected to nightly threats and assaults from demonstrators while performing their duties.”

The office charged two people for assaulting federal officers and four people for “failing to obey lawful orders” during the demonstrations that began the night of July 23 and continued into the morning of July 24. The six individuals were between the ages of 18 and 36.

Homeland Security Investigations and CBP arrested Ronald Bernard Hickey, a 44-year-old Canadian national, for allegedly harassing and stalking federal employees assigned to duties in Portland. Authorities said Hickey released employees’ personal information through Twitter “in an attempt to threaten, intimidate, or incite violence against them.”

During the protests that went from July 25 to July 26 seven people were charged with assaulting federal officers, and one person was charged with operating a drone in a restricted airspace. These eight individuals were between the ages of 21 and 65.

Another seven people were charged with assaulting federal officers during the demonstrations that started Sunday night and ended Monday morning.