Federal charges filed for 7 protesters in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney in Oregon announced federal charges Tuesday against seven protesters accused in court papers of defacing a federal courthouse and assaulting federal officers during protests in Portland against racial injustice and police brutality.

The protesters are charged with offenses ranging from disorderly conduct to destruction of federal property and assaulting a federal officer.

Protesters in Portland have demonstrated for 40 consecutive nights following the death of George Floyd and are increasingly focusing their actions on federal properties in the city’s downtown core, including the Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

The protester facing the most charges, 19-year-old Rowan Olsen, has pleaded not guilty.

His federal public defender, Susan Russell, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

All seven protesters were released after a brief hearing Monday.

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