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July 22, 2020

Munitions Used By Federal Officers In Portland

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#courthouse #munitions #night

Federal law enforcement officers used tear gas and crowd control munitions on people protesting near Portland’s federal courthouse during a protest that started Saturday night, Portland police said. 8

Federal agents use crowd control munitions to disperse protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Portland, Ore. 24

The tactics came as federal authorities already were being criticized for shooting a protester in the head with an impact munition on Saturday night outside of Portland’s federal courthouse. 23

Portland police are describing in detail another night of conflict between protesters and federal forces outside the U.S. courthouse in Oregon’s largest city. 16

Federal officers use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon. 3

munitions #gas #impact #crowd

Militarized officers from a handful of agencies have been using tear gas, flash – bangs, pepper spray, “less – lethal” impact weapons and other munitions to disperse crowds. 20

Federal officers responded to one late – night demonstration downtown by using gas, smoke and impact munitions to press protesters away from two federal buildings. 6

Hundreds of protesters jammed the streets overnight Thursday and said federal officers deployed tear gas and impact munitions, which are less lethal than regular munitions, to keep people from federal facilities. 5

Federal agents emerged from an office building next door and used impact munitions, stun grenades and tear gas to clear the area, the news organization reported. 21

The officers have been seen throwing protesters into unmarked vehicles, issuing arrests without explanation, shooting protesters at close range with impact munitions, and teargassing large crowds. 14

Department #Liberties #court

Civil liberties advocates said they will keep fighting in court against the use of federal agents to police the streets of Portland. 18

Armed federal agents, some from the Department of Homeland Security, have been patrolling the streets of Portland, Oregon, using military tactics and putting protesters into unmarked vans. 14

The American Civil Liberties Union ( ACLU ) of Oregon said the federal agents appear to be violating people’s rights, which “should concern everyone in the United States “. 1

The ACLU of Oregon has sued in federal court over the agents ‘presence in Portland, and the organization’s Chicago branch said it would similarly oppose a federal presence. 22

The Department of Homeland Security tweeted that federal agents were barricaded in Portland’s U.S. courthouse at one point and had lasers pointed at their eyes in an attempt to blind them. 22

head #round #Marshals #video

Tensions have escalated since an officer with the US Marshals Service fired a less – lethal round at a protester’s head, critically injuring him. 1

Tensions also escalated after an officer with the Marshals Service fired a less – lethal round at a protester’s head on July 11, critically injuring him. 21

Anger at the federal presence escalated on July 11, when a protester was hospitalized with critical injuries after a U.S. Marshals Service officer struck him in the head with a less – lethal round. 22

Video shows the man, identified as Donavan LaBella, standing across the street from the officers holding a speaker over his head when he was hit. 22

One officer pointed a semi – automatic weapon at David’s chest, he said, and video shows another shoving him backwards as he tried to talk with the officers. 20

building #declared

Late Saturday, Portland police declared demonstrations near the federal courthouse a riot after saying protesters broke into the Portland Police Association building and started a fire. 7

Police make arrests after a ‘riot’ is declared as hundreds gather at the Portland, Oregon Police Association building on July 13, 2020 to protest police brutality and racial inequities. 23

Protesters briefly broke into the building and set fire to the headquarters of Portland’s police union around 11 p.m., according to reports from police. 4

On Saturday, Portland police declared the demonstrations a riot after hundreds of protesters broke into a building and set it ablaze and started dumpster fires. 12

Early Saturday, after Portland police declared the gathering unlawful, federal officers and local police advanced simultaneously on the demonstrators to clear the streets. 21

state #rights #authorities #actions

State and local authorities didn’t ask for federal help and are awaiting a decision on a lawsuit seeking to restrain the federal agents’ actions. 17

The federal government was sued again Tuesday by the Western States Center, two state representatives and others who argued that agents violated protesters ’10th Amendment rights by engaging in police activities designated to local and state governments. 17

One filed Tuesday says federal agents are violating protesters ’10th Amendment rights by engaging in police activities designated to local and state governments. 3

While U.S. authorities can enforce federal laws on federal property, state and local officials say the agents have operated beyond their jurisdiction. 17

The legal action was filed by the Portland – based Western States Center, which helps organize and promote the rights of communities of color and low – income people. 3

camouflage #men #grabbing #Pettibone

A block west of Chapman Square, Pettibone and O’Shea bumped into a group of people who warned them that people in camouflage were driving around the area in unmarked minivans grabbing people off the street. 10

The men described an unmarked van pulling up to them, with four or five men in camouflage hopping out and moving to detain them. 23

One video showed two people in helmets and green camouflage with “police” patches grabbing a person on the sidewalk, handcuffing them and taking them into an unmarked vehicle. 1

One protester, 29-year – old Mark Pettibone, described being grabbed by several men in green military fatigues and generic “police” patches on their clothing in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 18

One video showed two people in helmets and green camouflage with “police” patches grabbing a person on the sidewalk, handcuffing them and taking them into an unmarked vehicle while refusing to identify themselves. 21

wearing #uniforms #said

Federal agents, some wearing camouflage and some wearing dark Department of Homeland Security uniforms, used tear gas at least twice to break up crowds, the Oregonian / OregonLive reported. 1

Federal agents, some wearing camouflage and some wearing dark Homeland Security uniforms, used tear gas at least twice to break up crowds late Friday night, The Oregonian / OregonLive reported. 21

A Marshals ‘Service spokeswoman said the agency does use unmarked vehicles, but also said that its personnel wear clear identification on their uniforms, and do inform suspects about why they are being detained. 23

Federal agents in green camouflage uniforms have been taking into custody people in the streets of Portland, not close to federal property that they were sent to protect. 12

A Marshals spokeswoman said Friday that it was not involved in the arrests and apprehensions described by Pettibone and others, adding that its agents always wear identifying insignia. 18

forces #Bureau #street

The Portland Police Bureau did not return requests for comment, but the agency has consistently denied being influenced by political bias while policing demonstrations. 0

Without wishing to dig too deeply into the political forces that cause the actions we see before us, I observe that the recent Portland Police Bureau’s responses to protester provocations have been surprisingly forceful and force – driven. 11

They are not under the control of civil authority, although evidence is mounting that they do coordinate with the Portland Police Bureau. 11

The events in Portland this weekend, in which unmarked federal officers arrested protestors off the street, could hurt the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to coordinate with local police forces for years to come. 25

Armed federal agents have been patrolling the streets in Portland, Oregon, in a dramatic show of force in which some protesters describe being thrown into unmarked vans. 14

Wheeler #Mayor #Ted

Thursday’s demonstrations came as elected leaders, including Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, called on federal officers to leave Portland. 6

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office referred local press to his statement earlier in the week about federal law enforcement agencies dealing with protesters. 23

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler denounced the use of federal agents in his city, saying he did not request the administration’s assistance. 12

On July 17, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty demanded Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler either control the use of force by Portland police or give her control of the Portland Police Bureau, of which he is currently the active police commissioner. 11

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference Friday that the presence of federal law enforcement has escalated tensions in the city. 5

Trump #President #Donald

President Donald Trump has often conflated the entire protest movement, which is generally peaceful, with those episodes of violence and destruction. 12

President Donald Trump has decried the demonstrations, and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf blasted the protesters as “lawless anarchists” in a visit to the city last Thursday. 7

President Donald Trump has decried the demonstrations, and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf blasted the protesters as “lawless anarchists” in a visit to the city on Thursday. 19

President Donald Trump has decried the disorder and Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf blasted the protesters as “lawless anarchists” in a visit to the city, helping make the clashes between police and demonstrators a national focus. 21

When Trump sent in federal officers, that changed : A masked Widman took to the street Monday with other Portland residents. 3

Department #investigate #inspector #Justice #DHS

The members of Congress said they would be asking the DHS inspector general and the US Department of Justice to investigate. 1

Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, all Democrats, asked the Department of Justice and DHS inspectors general to investigate what they called “the unrequested presence and violent actions of federal forces in Portland. 18

But he said Friday he had asked the DHS inspector general to investigate reports that agents arrested people without probable cause. 21

US attorney Billy Williams in Portland said on Friday he has requested the Department of Homeland Security’s office of the inspector general to investigate the actions of DHS personnel. 1

The Democratic chairs of three House committees are calling for the inspectors general for the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security to investigate the use of force by federal law enforcement officers against anti – police brutality protesters. 12

Border #Protection #Customs #Guard #operations

The administration has enlisted federal agents, including the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and an elite U.S. Customs and Border Protection team based on the U.S.-Mexico border, to protect federal property. 21

The deployment includes a team of officers from Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, and the Coast Guard, The New York Times reported. 14

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told NBC News that Border Patrol agents, who fall under DHS, have been in Portland to protect federal facilities as part of Trump’s recent executive order that punishes the vandalism of federal monuments and government property. 5

Last weekend, DHS leaders dispatched officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, or CBP, Coast Guard, the U.S. Marshals Service, and other federal agencies to guard federal facilities and monuments in Oregon’s largest city. 25

shields #brought #lids #dozen

About two dozen people brought cardboard, trash can lids and sheets of wood to Kenilworth Park in Southeast Portland Thursday afternoon to craft shields to protect protesters when police use force, such as impact munitions. 6

Protesters brought plastic lids lined with tin foil and held them up to shield themselves and reflect light back toward officers gathered at the building. 6

In a scene resembling a picnic, people gathered in a shady tree – covered corner and chatted while duct – taping their handmade shields together. 6

At one point, “dozens of people with shields, helmets, gas masks, umbrellas, bats, and hockey sticks approached the doors” of the courthouse until federal officers came out and dispersed them, the Portland police statement said. 24

courthouse #building #barricade

Fencing that had been placed around the federal courthouse had also been removed by protesters and made into barricades, police tweeted. 19

Some of the demonstrators also tried to barricade federal officers inside the courthouse and set the building on fire, Kupec said. 17

After several hours, the tenor of the group shifted and some attempted to barricade the portico door on the North side of the building with plastic road barricades and spray painted cameras on the building. 9

Protesters have repeatedly spray – painted anti – police messages on the federal courthouse and the Multnomah County Justice Center, where the county jail and police headquarters are located. 0

And a statement from Portland’s city police department described the protesters ‘tactics as they repeatedly headed toward the courthouse and were repelled by federal agents who emerged from inside. 24

Minneapolis #George #Floyd

The protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have often devolved into violent clashes between smaller groups and the police. 1

Protests against systemic racism and police brutality have been a nightly feature in deeply liberal Portland since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd on May 25. 21

Protesters have hit the streets nightly in the two months since the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man whose death in Minneapolis triggered global demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism. 5

Protests against police brutality and racial discrimination broke out across the U.S. after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. 12

The protests now gaining nationwide attention have roiled Portland for 52 nights, ever since George Floyd died after being pinned by the neck for nearly eight minutes by a white Minneapolis police officer. 2

DHS #official #disaster #authorities #work

In disaster situations, it’s not uncommon for DHS to send what one former official called a “surge force” of volunteers who receive 48 hours of training and then work side – by – side with local authorities in disaster zones. 25

The breakdown in the relationship between DHS and local authorities in Portland portends poorly for DHS’s ability to perform a variety of important functions alongside local authorities in emergency circumstances, according to two former DHS officials who worked in the Trump administration and previous ones. 25

That, in turn, could affect everything from disaster response to preventing terrorism, two former senior DHS officials told Defense One on Monday. 25

A breakdown in relations between DHS and local authorities would have consequences well past the current crisis, the former officials said, and perhaps beyond the end of the Trump administration. 25

property #suspected #Protection #statement

Customs and Border Protection said in a statement its agents had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaulting federal agents or destroying federal property. 1

Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that its agents had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaulting federal agents or destroying federal property. 21

CBP agents went after that individual because they suspected he was involved in “assaults against federal agents or destruction of federal property,” the statement said. 18

Wolf said the agency has clear authority to protect government property and detain people suspected of threatening personnel or damaging that property. 17

Wolf defended the federal response, saying the Department of Homeland Security has clear authority to protect government property and detain people suspected of threatening personnel or damaging such property. 3

cities #Washington #leaders #House #Sunday

Top leaders in the U.S. House said Sunday they were “alarmed” by the Trump administration’s tactics in Portland and other cities. 2

Top leaders in the U.S. House said Sunday they were “alarmed” by the Trump administration’s tactics against protesters in Portland and other cities, including Washington, D.C. 7

Top leaders in the U.S. House said Sunday that they were “alarmed” by the Trump administration’s tactics in Portland and other cities. 22

Top leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives said Sunday they were “alarmed” by the Trump administration’s tactics against protesters in Portland and other cities, including Washington, D.C. 24

Top leaders in the U.S. House said Sunday they were “alarmed” by the Trump administration’s tactics against protesters in Portland, Oregon, and other cities, including Washington, D.C., and called on federal inspectors general investigate. 19

city #Crowds #swelled

Crowds in Portland had recently numbered fewer than 100 people but swelled to more than 1,000 over the weekend — and they’re once again attracting a broader base in a city that’s increasingly outraged. 17

Crowds had recently numbered fewer than 100 people but swelled to more than 1,000 over the weekend, attracting a broader base in a city that’s increasingly unified and outraged. 3

The Portland Police Bureau said early Friday it made “several arrests” after responding to a group of several hundred people in southeast Portland Thursday night and then another large group downtown near the Justice Center, which includes the city’s jail. 5

The newspaper is sold in Portland, Oregon, by people experiencing homelessness and/or extreme poverty as means of earning an income with dignity. 11

Homeland #Security #Secretary #Chad #Wolf

Last week, acting secretary of homeland security Chad Wolf tweeted now – deleted photos of anti – police graffiti on the federal courthouse in downtown Portland. 0

After 7 p.m. Thursday, a DHS spokesperson responded, on background, that they could confirm Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf was in Portland during the day. 10

Hours before the clashes, Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, visited the city and harshly criticized local officials and law enforcement, The Associated Press reported. 15

The confrontation between federal officers and protesters came hours after interim Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf arrived in Portland to meet with federal law enforcement officials. 6

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf looks up during the launch of a new initiative to combat online child sexual exploitation during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2020. 23

plans #said #Security #knowledge #condition

Homeland Security was planning to deploy about 150 of its agents to Chicago, according to an official with direct knowledge of the plans who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. 13

Both said they had no plans to meet with Wolf while he was in the city, and Wheeler said he would decline if asked. 6

Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security was planning to deploy about 150 of its agents to Chicago, according to an official with direct knowledge of the plans who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. 22

Trump plans to send about 150 Homeland Security Investigations agents to Chicago to help local law enforcement deal with a spike in crime, an official with direct knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. 3

march #Youth #Black #Movement

Hillary Le and Rina Alazas, two others who were getting ready to march, said they also wanted to come support the Black Youth Movement. 6

Several demonstrations occurred Thursday evening, including a march organized by the Black Youth Movement from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Northeast Portland. 6

Black Youth Movement is one of two groups that split off from Rose City Justice, an activist group that had led massive nightly marches for much of June. 6

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