Ahead of Tuesday’s fiercely polarized vote which could see President Donald Trump reelected or defeated by his Democratic rival Joe Biden, FBI Portland Special Agent Renn Cannon told AFP there could be a dangerous situation if tempers are heated up.
Backing up his point, he recalled the deadly shooting of a far-right supporter in the city in August.
“The thing that is the most concerning to me is the potential for armed clashes between opposing groups.
“That could escalate into a dangerous situation where — if tempers are heated — you could end up with an unfortunate or tragic act of violence.”
Cannon also disclosed that the 250-strong Portland office has devoted additional resources to election crimes including voter suppression as well as fraud and foreign cyber threats.