They served their country in the military and as Deputy U.S. Marshals. They deployed to a riot to protect a federal courthouse for their country. But when they were sued by the ACLU, their country wouldn’t even provide them an attorney.
In July of 2020, BLM and other radical activists took to the streets of cities across the U.S. There were riots, fires, shootings, and destruction of all kinds. In response to this threat, President Trump deployed federal law enforcement to defend the United States Courthouse in Portland, Oregon.
Among the hundreds of federal law enforcement officers deployed were Deputy United States Marshals Chad Skaggs and Zak Thompson.
On July 18th, rioters tore down a fence surrounding the courthouse and began stacking the fence at the courthouse doors in an apparent attempt to trap law enforcement officers inside before setting it on fire. They were being attacked and our courthouse, a symbol of justice, was being threatened with destruction!
These brave officers had to repel these rioters and protect themselves from harm – but many were injured in the process by assaults, flying objects, noxious chemicals, and explosive devices. Still, they did their sworn duty on behalf of their country.
Imagine how shocked they were when they, along with President Trump, were sued by the ACLU….
Even more shocking, the Department of Justice will not agree to even provide them with an attorney to defend them from these outrageous allegations!
They did nothing wrong. All they did was uphold their sworn duty to protect and defend us from anarchy.
Chad Skaggs is a married father of four children. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, 3rd Special Operations Group. He deployed three times and was awarded three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He is a member of the United States Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, where he has served honorably since 2011.
Zak Thompson is a father of three children. He served his country as a U.S. Army Ranger in Kosovo and Iraq. As a member of the United States Marshals Service, Special Operations Group, Zak has been awarded the Attorney General’s Award and the U.S. Marshals Director’s Award.
Edwin Maldonado is a 13 year veteran of the U.S. Marshal Service and previously served in the Unites States Marine Corps, including a number of overseas, combat deployments. He is a member of the Special Operation Group (SOG), a counter sniper, and instructor in a number of law enforcement topics.
Alexander Penuela is a 4 year veteran of the U.S. Marshal Service. Prior to that he served for nine years with the United States Border Patrol and for three years with the U.S. Army. He is the proud father of two sons, 11 and 12 years old.