Protesters throw flaming debris over a fence at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on July 22, in Portland, Ore. Following a larger Black Lives Matter Rally, several hundred demonstrators faced off against federal officers at the courthouse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
city officials threatening to sue the federal GOVERNMENT over the INSTALLATION of metal barriers and fencing protecting the COURTHOUSE
The fencing was erected Wednesday to protect the courthouse in downtown Portland, according to Willamette Week. But it has since become a focus of protesters' attention after nearly two months of demonstrations, which at times have devolved into riots.
Since its installment, demonstrators have attempted to tear it down, throwing fireworks over the perimeter. In at least one instance, they lit a large fire between the barrier and the courthouse, according to social media and reports.
City officials stated "Failure to remove the fencing would violate city code and administrative rules, “and will be subject to fines and potential legal action,” said the letter"