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Seattle mayor says federal agents are leaving city

Seattle mayor says federal agents are leaving city
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Federal agents that had been deployed to Seattle last week to protect federal buildings from anticipated protests have left the city, Mayor Jenny DurkanJenny DurkanWashington state officials warn providers offering VIP vaccine access Seattle mayor announces she won't run for reelection At a time of crisis, America's mayors are ready to partner with President-elect Biden MORE (D) said late Tuesday.

"[The Department of Homeland Security] notified me that federal forces deployed to Seattle have demobilized & left," Durkan tweeted. "The President’s actions to target Democratic cities with federal forces is chilling and increased violence in Portland, Seattle & other cities - exactly what the President intended."

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The mayor added that Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is in charge of the city's policing, not President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE. Durkan also denounced the continued federal occupation in Portland, Ore.

The rhetoric surrounding the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests — which were catalyzed by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the end of May — is decidedly split among the country's political parties.

Democratic lawmakers like Durkan have denounced the violence that has occurred at the protests, while recognizing the legitimacy of the reason behind the ferocious protests: Police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, has taken an aggressive stance toward protesters. Trump, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Liberal watchdog group files ethics complaint over Boebert's reimbursements Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE have all labeled the protesters as rioters and anarchists.

That said, The Associated Press is reporting that the White House is in talks of removing the federal troops from Portland that have been in the city since late June to protect the federal courthouse that has been damaged by protests.