As the chief federal law enforcement official in Colorado, I have watched with keen interest what is happening in Portland, Oregon, regarding the use of federal law enforcement personnel. I have also followed closely the announcement this week by President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr that they will be sending law enforcement personnel into cities where violent crime has been skyrocketing.
Unfortunately, there has been a conflation of what is happening in Portland — protecting federal property — with the traditional crime-fighting initiatives the Department of Justice has engaged in for decades. The result has been widespread confusion about both. As Coloradans, we would be well-served to take a collective deep breath, tone down the rhetoric, and try to better understand both what has actually happened in Portland and what is actually being proposed elsewhere.
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