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Portland mayor denied request to end federal deputization of officers

Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks to people gathered in downtown Portland, Ore., Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

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UPDATED 10:19 AM PT – Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Department of Justice denied a request by Portland’s mayor to end the federal deputization of police officers. During a community event Tuesday, Mayor Ted Wheeler said he requested an end to the program following months of riots and destruction.

Th Justice Department deputized U.S. Marshals and officers last weekend ahead of a planned conservative rally, which saw zero major incident reports.

Federal deputization means any assault against an officer could be subjected as a federal charge. Mayor Wheeler said he was under the impression the program would be ending sooner.

“Everybody was under the assumption or at least the state police and I believe the leadership of the Portland Police Bureau were under the assumption that that deputization was only for the duration of the declared emergency,” stated the Democrat.

The program is currently set to run until the end of the year to ensure demonstrations remain peaceful.

RELATED: Portland Police Dept. spending records show 200% increase in overtime pay for officers this year

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