Oregon Governor Kate Brown has accused federal agents in an unmarked car of holding protesters in Portland in a blatant abuse of power. Federal police, appointed by President Donald Trump, are also firing tear gas and less lethal ammunition into the crowd of protesters.
It cited reports that federal agents arrested protesters while wearing uniforms lacking badges or name plates, calling it a “massive overreaction” to local protests. In the end, there was a police-free protest zone, which was dissolved, but not before at least one demonstrator was arrested.
On Tuesday afternoon, Republican Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) posted on his Facebook page: “Secret police has absolutely no place in our democracy.”
At the White House, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted that the president and the Department of Homeland Security were “able to deploy the appropriate forces to protect federal buildings from vandalism, pursue suspects outside the building and arrest them. Federal law enforcement officers appointed by President Donald Trump in Portland, Oregon, operate in a city that is a police state. Pulling protesters into unmarked vans without cause is not only unconstitutional, it is also illegal.
Federal law enforcement agencies have escalated their tactics, snapping up and arresting protesters with unmarked cars, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported late Thursday night. Two protesters said they were walking outside the Portland Police Department headquarters when a minivan suddenly approached them around 10.30pm on Thursday.
Federal police have charged at least 13 protesters with crimes, according to the Oregon Public Broadcasting report, while they have arrested and released others, with the exception of one man, Mark D’Angelo. Federal agents are said to have used tear gas again against protesters, and the crowd has been protesting outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., for more than a week
Federal agents will now be deployed to patrol the streets of Portland, where there is a flagrant abuse of power by the federal government. Oregon officials have spoken out against the use of force by federal authorities against the protesters.
The US Attorney for Oregon has requested an investigation by US law enforcement after demonstrators protesting police brutality in Portland were arrested.
The request comes after President Donald Trump, who has called the city a “war zone” ruled by liberal and left-leaning Democrats, overrode the Oregon attorney general’s call for an investigation into police brutality against protesters in Portland.
The agents, who were dispatched to Portland this week, are part of a Department of Homeland Security task force created to respond to the growing protests and acts of civil disobedience that have come under the control of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Cuccinelli told Fox & Friends on Friday morning that the agency was willing to send more federal agents to Portland, even at the request of local authorities. Portland city officials have expressed concern about the influx of federal agents, saying they have not requested federal assistance and that the presence of federal troops is only intended to escalate an already tense situation.
On Thursday night, police declared a riot after protesters set fire to the Portland Police Association building after local and state officials used extreme force against demonstrators.
Federal police seized protesters in camouflage gear and tanks from the street and forced them into unmarked vans. Videos of the recent protests show officers in what appears to be military fatigue driving through Portland in unmarked minivans and arresting protesters for no apparent reason. When the head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland on Friday and called protesters “violent anarchists,” federal police used tear gas and fired less deadly shots at demonstrators.
They arrested protesters outside the federal courthouse, which borders the site of the protests, as well as the Portland Police Department and the Oregon Department of Justice.
Oregon officials are lashing out at President Trump for sending federal agents to Portland during ongoing protests against police brutality and racism. The governor and Portland mayor told NPR the administration’s actions are political theater to appeal to Trump’s political base and win re-election. Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, are sending unnoticed authorities to the protesters, “Merkley, a Democrat, wrote in a tweet.
Hundreds have gathered in Portland to protest racism and police brutality following the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a Portland police officer last week.
Hordes of federal police have marched through the streets, throwing stun grenades, using tear gas against demonstrators, shooting unarmed demonstrators in the head with baton ammunition, and arresting others by throwing them into the back of an unmarked van. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported last week that federal agents in camouflage gear and tactical gear pulled protesters into an unmarked van