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 DurkanDOJ explored charges against Portland officials after protesters clashed with law enforcement Seattle mayor: Barr's reported suggestion that prosecutors charge her is 'chilling' Barr asked prosecutors to explore charging Seattle mayor over protest zone: report 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."


The mayor added that Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is in charge of the city's policing, not President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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 WolfSenate to hold nomination hearing for Wolf next week Hillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers Democrats slam DHS chief for defying subpoena for testimony on worldwide threats MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr says Ginsburg 'leaves a towering legacy' Republicans call for DOJ to prosecute Netflix executives for releasing 'Cuties' Trump doesn't offer vote of confidence for FBI director 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.