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July 12, 2020

Trump’s use of federal law enforcement on protesters in Portland Oregon

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In this photo provided by Doug Brown, Officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) work to protect the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Protesters clash with authorities In Portland, federal agents are facing a task to reflect President Donald Trump’s desire to prevent what he calls “violent chaos.” The Department of Homeland Security created the Protecting American Communities task force on executive orders and dispatched officials to the city of Portland in response to what it calls violent chaos in the wake of the Trump administration’s executive orders on immigration, immigration enforcement and border security.

Attorney-General William Barr said the federal charges, including destruction of property and assault, were among about 500 pending investigations into the recent protests. Portland police say the nighttime attacks that have paralyzed much of downtown are unprecedented.

Portland police confirmed shortly after 9 p.m. that state officials had used tear gas and made several arrests. The Portland Police Bureau said a federal officer was hit in the head and shoulder during an altercation with a hammer. Tear gas was used and a man in an SUV fired at protesters as he drove his car surrounded by protesters, according to police.

The protest evolved from thousands taking to the streets to a smaller group that focused on actions late into the night, to smaller groups late into the night. The action did not disperse the protesters, however, and hundreds of people continued to occupy the intersection of SE 3rd Avenue and SE 2nd Street in downtown Portland.

Police have called riots several times, and tear gas has been used to disperse demonstrators, and local authorities have clashed with other demonstrators, including federal police officers deployed by the Department of Homeland Security to protect federal property and monuments. Federal officials have been deployed in several cities in recent weeks to protect federal monuments, including here in Portland, as part of President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.

On Friday night, Portland police posted an image on Twitter that appeared to show a 16-inch sledgehammer on the floor outside the U.S. Capitol in downtown Portland.

The Portland Police Bureau confirmed that federal authorities have twice used CS gas and made arrests against people who had gathered outside the U.S. Capitol for the second time in six consecutive weeks to protest the Trump administration and its policies on black lives. Protesters demonstrated in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd by police. He said someone broke the door to the federal courthouse during the downtown protests and struck a federal officer as he and other officers tried to intervene.

Since Floyd’s death, marches and rallies have been held every day in the city, drawing hundreds of thousands of people, many of them young people and young adults, to the city center. Davis said police largely withdrew responsibility for the events as long as they were conducted in an orderly manner. He said they had not requested help but had coordinated their efforts with the federal government to respond to the often chaotic clashes that erupted this week from several downtown blocks after midnight.

President Donald Trump said Friday at a military base in Miami that authorities in Portland had not responded adequately to the protests. Protesters clashing with authorities in the Pacific Northwest have not only surrendered to local police. They also have to deal with federal officials whose presence reflects Trump’s decision to make cracking down on violent gangs a federal priority.

Donavan LaBella, 26, was shot in the head by friends and witnesses when ammunition hit him. In a video of the incident sent to OPB, he can be seen pushing a canister of smoke and tear gas away from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Special Agent David Hatfield. Police and federal authorities respond to a protest outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the request of President Donald Trump.

Police have called riots several times, tear gas has been used to disperse demonstrators, and local authorities have clashed with other demonstrators who have also clashed with Department of Homeland Security officials charged with protecting federal property and monuments. Federal agents have been deployed across the country in recent weeks to protect federal properties in several cities, including here in Portland. Following President Donald Trump’s visit to the US National Monument in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, the Department and federal agencies from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Park Service (NPS) deployed federal agents to “protect” the monument.

President Donald Trump said Friday at a military base in Miami that authorities in Portland had not responded adequately to the protests. Governor Jay Inslee said Mr. Trump should stay out of state business, and Seattle’s mayor said invading the city would be illegal. The city of Seattle, home to large numbers of Trump supporters, has been heavily criticized by the president and his supporters after he threatened to take over the police – vacant precincts controlled by protesters in Seattle.

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