AP Reporter Describes Being Inside Portland’s Besieged Courthouse With US Marshals While 4,000 Rioters Attack
Excerpt: Balsamo continues by describing the attitudes the rioters have toward the officers defending the courthouse. They don’t view them in any way that would grant them humanity as Balsamo says they see the officers as “at best thoughtless political minions, at worst murderous henchmen.” What the officers are sure about the rioters are that if they gain access to the courthouse, these men will either be horribly injured or even killed by the attackers. “It’s scary. You open those doors out, when the crowd is shaking the fence, and … on the other side of that fence are people that want to kill you because of the job we chose to do and what we represent,” said one Deputy U.S. Marshal.