PORTLAND "looks like downtown Baghdad" as a "homemade bomb exploded" at a courthouse protest and cops fear for their lives.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday morning, a "Molotov cocktail, or similar destructive device" was hurled at a federal building in Portland, Oregon.
In the aftermath of George Floyd's May 25 death, violent protests have plagued the city of Portland.
A Deputy US Marshal, who requested to remain anonymous and has been working outside the courthouse for weeks, called his surroundings "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," he explained.
“I can’t walk outside without being in fear for my life. I am worried for my life, every time I walk outside of the building.”
The US Marshall recounted: "I finally get outside at 7am, after being in the building since 3pm the day prior, and I look east and I'm like, 'Oh, the world's normal over there and people are driving to work and the city is clean and functioning.'
"And I look out on the street and it looks like downtown Baghdad."
Dozens of federal law enforcement agents were placed outside to protect the Mark O. Hatfield U. S. Federal Courthouse.
Approximately 4,000 demonstrators arrived to protest outside the courthouse.
Protesters were seen wearing gas masks and disregarding deployments of tear gas.
Some chanted: "Stay together, stay tight! We do this every night!”
A "homemade bomb" was allegedly thrown by a protester early Tuesday morning.
Video footage from the scene appears to show some type of explosive device detonating on the other side of a fence.
The 12-second clip was shared to Twitter at 3.26am and has since obtained more than 146,000 views.
"Antifa just threw what appears to be an IED at the federal courthouse," Twitter user @Brittany3I wrote alongside the video.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, an IED – improvised explosive device – is a "homemade" bomb or destructive device.
Cheering and clapping can be heard in the background – followed by a man saying: "I don't know what that was."
The Portland Police Buraeu confirmed in a news release that projectiles were thrown and fires were lit after protesters delivered speeches downtown.
"At about 12.12 am, July 28, 2020, a person threw a Molotov cocktail, or similar destructive device, against the front door of the courthouse which burst into a fireball when it struck the building causing a report to be heard and felt more than a block away," police said.
A group of demonstrators began marching at around 9.07pm on Monday, making their way to the Mark O. Hatfield U. S. Federal Courthouse.
People blocked SW 3rd Ave, the street the courthouse is located on, and "delivered speeches for over an hour, while others staged shields along the base of a fence surrounding the west side" of the federal building, police explained.
A large fire was ignited in the spot where a 120-year-old Elk statue stood before behind removed earlier this month.
Protesters were spotted wearing gas masks and helmets – with some carrying "signs, hockey sticks, golf clubs, umbrellas, leaf blowers and fireworks," police said.
Police stated: "People started a fire inside the fence and continually added wood, garbage and other debris to build it up.
"People threw rocks, bottles and other objects and launched fireworks over the fence and at the door of the courthouse."
The activity took place for approximately two hours.
Prior to the Monday night craziness, the Justice Department tweeted about the contraband which was confiscated by law enforcement outside the courthouse.
Portland protesters had an arsenal of deadly weapons including a Molotov cocktail jar, gasoline, and hockey sticks seized.
The items were taken by federal agents as Black Lives Matter demonstrations continued for more than 60 days following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors said on Monday.
Items including homemade shields, helmets, hockey sticks, jars and cans, gasoline, paint sprayers, and a jar prepped for a Molotov cocktail were seen spread on the ground.
Prosecutors said 22 people were arrested following protests at Hatfield Federal Courthouse this weekend.
In response to ANTIFA violence being labeled as a myth, President Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: "They are Anarchists with miles of 'tape' showing their illegal activity."
Trump wrote to Twitter last night, and slammed the "Fake news Media" for describing "protesters" in Portland and Seattle as "wonderful, sweet and innocent people."
He continued: "Actually, they are sick and deranged Anarchists & Agitators who our great men & women of Law Enforcement easily control, but who would destroy our American cities.
"And worse, if Sleepy Joe Biden, the puppet of the Left, ever won. Markets would crash and cities would burn. Our Country would suffer like never before.
"We will beat the Virus, soon, and go on to the Golden Age – better than ever before!"
Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr is set to hammer critics and back federal agents battling a "mob of hundreds of rioters" in fiery House remarks.
Barr will make his debut before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.
Last week, the US Attorney's Office shared that a fence was put up outside the Portland courthouse "to de-escalate tensions and protect the building."
The incidents came amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations following the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25 after Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest.
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