White House Told Law Enforcement to Ignore Occupiers


The federal General Services Administration, with the White House’s blessing and the Department of Homeland Security’s knowledge, ordered law enforcement personnel not to arrest Occupy Seattle protesters who broke the law last year.

Department of Homeland Security documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch show law enforcement was told to ignore Occupiers who chained themselves to a concrete barrel in violation of curfew and laws against overnight camping at a site in Portland.

According to the Judicial Watch press release, on Nov. 6, 2011, DHS/National Protection and Programs Directorate Chief of Staff Caitlin Durkovich and GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner Robert Peck had the following email exchange:

(From Durkovich:) “I am sorry to be emailing you on a Sunday night, but wanted to let you know our Press Shop has received a couple of calls from Portland media outlets about a group of 11 protesters who again set up camp at Terry Shrunk Plaza in Portland last night. They have chained themselves to a large drum filled with concrete. GSA controls the permits and has asked FPS (Federal Protective Services) not to enforce the curfew at park and the prohibition on overnight encampments. Reporters have asked if we will be arresting the protestors as FPS did last week.

“Our FPS Commander in Portland says they are standing down and following GSA’s request to only intervene if there is a threat to public safety.”

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