Forget WaPo on this, the Oregonian is the best site to find what is really going on:
Leaders in Thursday night crowd called out violence, turned focus away from federal courthouse in Portland
"They succeeded on the first night of a deal struck between the federal government and Oregon's governor to try to break the cycle of violence that has erupted nightly at the courthouse since early July as a smaller group of protesters and federal officers clash, often in a cloud of smoke from fires, fireworks, tear gas and pepper spray.
Oregon State Police troopers and Portland police officers are now handling public safety outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse. Gov. Kate Brown announced that the extra federal officers from a Border Patrol tactical group, U.S. Marshals Service etc. will start returning home.
Other than early in the evening before crowds arrived, there were no signs of any police officers " local, state or federal " on what was the 64th night of consecutive demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
At one point near midnight, a couple of dozen black-clad younger men and women arrived with shields, gas masks, hockey and lacrosse sticks.
Some people started to bang on or shake the fence, some tossed a couple of glass bottles over the fence and ignited fireworks.
Others in the throng balked. They steadfastly called out the agitation and shifted the focus away from unrest.
"All you who want to start something? Bring that (expletive) to another block!" Gary Floyd shouted into the megaphone in the middle of the gathering. Floyd said he's from Louisiana and had been in Portland a week, coming here from Seattle.
"It's all about peaceful protest!" he yelled.
Another man " Daniel Thomas, who lives in downtown Portland --grabbed a bullhorn walked through the crowd.
"Attacking the federal building is not Black Lives Matter," yelled Thomas, who has brought his electric guitar out on some nights to play near the Justice Center. "Attacking the federal building doesn't make any sense. ... This is not Black Lives Matter!
"You're playing Trump's hands," he went on. "It's going to hurt Blacks more than whites. ... Attacking the federal building is the wrong approach."
Someone who disagreed tried to drown out Thomas with her own megaphone, yelling: "Take to the streets and (expletive) the police!"
Another woman on a speaker, Maya Malika, demanded: "How do we get out of this mess? Revolution, nothing less!" Malika said she came from Los Angeles with others in the crowd as part of what they called the National Revolution Tour, whose website says it's the "voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA."