August 21, 2020

FBI Investigating Threats To Federal Buildings In Portland

All federal government buildings in Portland, Oregon have were shut down Friday, after threats targeting the government were intercepted by law enforcement. The FBI is currently investigating the situation in the city, which has been mired in rioting and violence for more than 70 days. Federal law enforcement is currently assessing the extremity of the threat, according to local reports..

Moreover, the Federal Bankruptcy Court and Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse was also shut down out of extensive precaution on Friday, as the city continues to struggle with growing rioting and looting.

Catherine Herridge, senior investigative reporter with CBS News, said on Twitter that the threat was non specific “but may involve explosives.”

She quoted the FBI in Portland saying they are “aware of recent reporting regarding the threats made against federal buildings in Portland. We are investigating…”

According to The Oregonian:

The Bankruptcy Court cited a “threat of violence in the area” as the reason for its shutdown.

A source with knowledge of the situation said federal authorities received a threat that a vehicle filled with explosives would hit a federal building. It’s not clear if a specific building was named.

The source also said the downtown Standard Insurance and Standard Plaza buildings were being evacuated Friday morning.

The FBI said it was investigating the credibility of the threat. The agency said it would notify the public if investigators develop information indicating a credible threat.

The FBI asked anyone who has information to submit a tip online or call 800-225-5324 or 503-224-4181.

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