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Videos: Protesters swarm DHS chief Chad Wolf’s home over federal officer deployments

President Donald J. Trump listens as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf delivers remarks at the White House Coronavirus Task Force coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Friday, March 20, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
July 27, 2020

Protesters gathered Sunday outside the Alexandria, Va. home of acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Chad Wolf in opposition to DHS officers being deployed in cities around the country in recent weeks.

A reporter for The Daily Caller first shared footage of about he described as a group of “30 to 35 people” marching through the streets of an Alexandria neighborhood, chanting slogans opposing Wolf’s leadership over the DHS and against the Trump administration.

The demonstrations come amid complaints about the use of DHS officers to defend a federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., as well as unidentified federal officers detaining protesters in the Portland streets. Wolf has defended the DHS deployments, noting demonstrations have turned violent in recent weeks.

“Attempted arson is not a peaceful protest,” Wolf tweeted last week. “Physically attacking law enforcement is not freedom of speech. Destruction of property is not peaceful assembly. Criminals perpetrating these crimes are being arrested…not law abiding protestors.”

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Upon arriving outside Wolf’s Alexandria home Sunday, an organizer for the protest event said there are no career, financial or legal consequences for Wolf and other men and women of the DHS and said the goal of the protest was to instead “make social consequences for these men and women” and make them “uncomfortable.”

“We will not be good Germans,” the woman said. “We will not be the people who sat by and watched our neighbors commit these atrocities.”

The woman also accused Wolf of employing “private military” groups in the federal response to rioting in Portland.

Rioting outside the federal courthouse in Portland continued over the weekend, with rioters throwing fireworks and incendiary Molotov cocktails over a perimeter fence used by federal officers to keep demonstrators out.

“BREAKING: rioters throw what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail at federal agents dispersing crowds,” one Twitter user posted, sharing footage of the incendiary attacks.

On Saturday, Wolf tweeted photos of some of the damage outside the Portland courthouse, as well as a fireworks casing presumably thrown during the rioting.

“Day 56. Last night six DHS law enforcement officers were injured in Portland. To be clear, criminals assaulted FEDERAL officers on FEDERAL property…and the city of Portland did nothing,” Wolf tweeted.