DHS reassigns top intelligence official

A Department of Homeland Security officer emerges from the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse after demonstrators lit a fire on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Following an agreement between Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Trump administration to reduce federal officers in the city, nightly protests remained largely peaceful without major confrontations between protesters and officers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday reassigned Brian Murphy, the acting undersecretary for the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis.

The move comes after The Washington Post reported his office compiled intelligence briefings on journalists and protesters in Portland, Oregon, over the last few weeks.

Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf instructed the office to stop collecting the information and ordered an investigation into the proceedings.

Murphy will reportedly take on an administrative support role within the department’s management directorate.

The protests, meanwhile, have continued since federal agents began to withdraw from the scene last week. The demonstrations Thursday and Friday night were mostly peaceful and there was reportedly little interaction with law enforcement, but the Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night after people threw bottles at police officers outside a precinct.

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