Several US Marshals injured by homemade weapons in ‘relentless’ Portland attacks

Several US Marshals injured by homemade weapons in ‘relentless’ Portland attacks


Bricks, batteries, frozen water bottles, sling shots with ball bearings and even feces were among the homemade weapons thrown at a group of federal marshals in Portland, Oregon, who described a daily war zone during recent violent protests in the city.

At least 20 deputies from the US Marshals Service have been injured, suffering cuts and concussions, over more than two months of guarding the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse — a focal point of violent protests which began after the May death of George Floyd in police custody, according to a recent report.

The “relentless” attacks have included demonstrators launching professional fireworks and mortar rounds stuffed with nails at the marshals — and the violence has taken a toll, said Russel Burger, the federal marshal for Oregon.

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“They live in this community. They go to church here, all their friends and family are here. And so night after night to come under attack is very stressful for them,” Burger

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