Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers who aren’t white faced racially charged insults while on the job in Portland, Oregon.
According to email records gathered by The Oregonian, nonwhite ICE officers were targeted with various racist and sexist comments from the protestors they faced throughout a string of demonstrations from the Occupy ICE movement.
The report stated that one officer, who is African-American, was called a “blood traitor” and an Uncle Tom, implying that the officer abandoned his own identity to serve white people.
This is something I witnessed. Non-white federal officers on duty to protect the Portland ICE office say they’ve been subject to racist & sexist verbal abuse from the “abolish ICE” protesters. https://t.co/Rc7ahLEwEm
— Andy C. Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) July 25, 2018
“These racial slurs have been directed at me throughout the entire length of the deployment,” the officer reported.
A female officer of Native American descent experienced similar attacks, including being called a “weak female.”
“I was berated for so long I can’t even remember everything that was told to me,” the officer wrote.
Other officers reportedly experienced “nonstop” harassment and were labeled rapists, Nazis, and murderers. One officer reported, “They have yelled continuously that they hope we die, they hope our families die.”
“I am very sorry for anything that was said to you!” an official wrote in response. “You know that I know you are a rockstar!”
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler urged protesters to remain peaceful while they demonstrated.
“I stand with those who are opposed to the forced separation of children from their parents,” Wheeler said. However, he encouraged the protesters to disband.
Wheeler ordered the protesters’ camp to be vacated by Tuesday due to the unstable wooden structures the protesters were staying in.
Here’s a look at all the stuff demonstrators left behind at the Occupy ICE camp. The City of Portland notified protesters on Monday that they must leave the property by the end of the day Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/QLHPAqCPZQ
— KATU News (@KATUNews) July 25, 2018
City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s chief of staff, Marshall Runkel, told The Oregonian he was “very concerned” about the safety of the protesters given the state of the protest site.