January 16, 2021, 11:15 a.m.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Oregon District is part of a group of agencies working to stop potential violence in the state.
US attorney Billy J. Williams said, “Like most Americans, I watched in disgust and anger as radical insurgents stormed the US Capitol in a shocking demonstration of political violence.” He said there was no question that “… these acts of violence were domestic terrorism aimed at disrupting the constitutional duty of Congress to confirm the election of President-elect Joe Biden.” Williams said the Department of Justice and U.S. law firms across the country are working tirelessly to identify and prosecute all forms of domestic terrorism, and those responsible will be brought to justice.
Williams said as the inauguration approaches, the threat of similar political violence continues across the country and in Oregon. He said his office is working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Protective Service, Oregon State Police, Portland Police, and other law enforcement partners to identify, investigate, and disrupt individuals intending to engage in violence in the state .
Williams is seeking help from the public to keep communities safe and protect all of Oregon’s first adjustment rights. Individuals with information about actual or potential threats of violence at an upcoming demonstration or event are asked to report tips to the FBI at 503-224-4181 or https://tips.fbi.gov/.