Oregon Chief Fed Slams Media For Refusing To Call Violent Riots ‘Criminal’

U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, who has been Oregon’s chief federal law enforcement official for the last five years, criticized the media recently for refusing to call the ongoing violent riots in Portland “criminal.”

In an interview outside of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, a reporter asked Williams, “So, we’re going back to how you were talking about this is shadowing the overall message about black lives matter, right? You feel like the late night demonstrations are taking away from the fight for racial justice?”

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Oregon chief: ‘This is criminal activity’

“These aren’t late night demonstrations,” Williams replied. “This is criminal activity. There’s a difference.”

“What you have failed and the media have failed to distinguish, between, you seem unwilling to call people engaged in criminal conduct, as criminals, as opposed to lawful protesting,” he said.

“This is unlawful,” Williams continued. “And people, whether you’re an opportunist, an antagonist, an agitator, or an anarchist, call it out for what it is.”

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