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July 22, 2020

Uniforms And Patches Of Federal Officers at Portland Riots

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#uniforms #wearing #camouflage #Friday

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. 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. 9

Federal law – enforcement officers detaining protesters and others in Portland, Oregon, and whisking them into unmarked cars on Wednesday did so while wearing military camouflage uniforms and other military – style gear. 4

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, in what the ACLU on Friday said “should concern everyone in the United States. 20

Trump #President #Donald

As part of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on protests against racism, federal agents wearing no insignia have been patrolling the streets of Washington, DC. 26

And yet, at the urging of President Donald Trump, federal officers are roaming the streets of Oregon’s biggest city in unmarked vehicles, detaining protesters without identifying themselves. 24

Heavily armed federal agents wearing no badges or identifying markings have been patrolling the streets of Washington, DC, this week as part of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on protests against racism. 26

The move came as President Trump said he would send members of the military to respond to protests across the nation. 25

Federal officers from the U.S. Marshals Service and Department of Homeland Security have stormed Portland’s streets as part of President Trump’s promised strong response to ongoing protests. 10

camouflage #people #identify #grabbing

They ratcheted up further when agents in unmarked vehicles with generic “police” patches on their camouflage uniforms arrested people at night without identifying themselves. 28

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. 1

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. 15

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. 0

Blinded by his hat, in an unmarked minivan full of armed people dressed in camouflage and body armor who hadn’t identified themselves, Pettibone said he was driven around downtown before being unloaded inside a building. 0

Oregon #Attorney #Friday #General

In addition to US Attorney Williams ‘call for an investigation, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a complaint in federal court Friday against DHS. 7

The Oregon attorney general filed a lawsuit Friday arguing that the federal government had violated the rights of citizens of the state by detaining people without probable cause. 28

But he said Friday he had asked the DHS inspector general to investigate reports that agents arrested people without probable cause. 1

Her spokesman, Charles Boyle, said Friday that arresting people without probable cause is “extraordinarily concerning and a violation of their civil liberties and constitutional rights. 20

Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is suing federal law enforcement and seeking a temporary restraining order that would bar federal officers from removing people from city streets and placing them in unmarked cars without apparent probable cause. 6

Chad #Secretary #Wolf #Acting #Homeland

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. 0

Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said Thursday that state and city authorities are to blame for not putting an end to the protests, angering local officials. 15

During a visit to Portland earlier Thursday, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said state and city authorities are to blame for not putting an end to the protests, angering local officials. 20

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. 11

force #Agency #Pentagon

Fun fact : The vast majority of the total arrests made by the Pentagon police, formally known as the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, are for drunk driving. 13

In and around D.C., there are more than a score of agency – specific federal police forces, particularly downtown where protests have played out over the past week, nearly every block brings you in contact with a different police force. 13

Historically, it’s not altogether surprising that many of the personnel on D.C.’s streets this week have come from the Border Patrol and the Bureau of Prisons, which have long served as the nation’s “surge” national police force. 13

It was far from clear that BOP personnel were the only unmarked paramilitary forces on the streets, not was it clear how many BOP officers have been dispatched to Washington. 2

showed #Percenters #symbols #wearing

Images circulating online Wednesday showed a deputy wearing a patch with the symbols of two groups called Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters. 12

Video posted to Reddit on Tuesday night showed an OC deputy, while in uniform and a helmet in front of the Costa Mesa Police Department, wearing a patch with the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters symbols. 12

On his social – media accounts, Wolf posted pictures of himself with Homeland Security personnel wearing military fatigues and DHS patches. 4

A publicly shared video shows what appears to be a Stars and Stripes flag partially covered by the Three Percenters logo above the word “Oathkeeper. 23

Photographs they shared on social media Wednesday showed some of the unidentified officers wore shirts with what appeared to be Texas flags and symbols from federal prison units in Beaumont and Three Rivers. 25

agents #Portland #city #vowed #mayor

PORTLAND – Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. 9

PORTLAND ( AP ) — Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. 5

PORTLAND, Ore. ( AP ) — Militarized federal agents deployed by the president to Portland, Oregon, fired tear gas against protesters again overnight as the city’s mayor demanded that the agents be removed and as the state’s attorney general vowed to seek a restraining order against them. 1

officers #identify #video #numbers #agency

But the Reporter has obtained images and video that suggest multiple CPD officers may have been engaging in the inappropriate practice of hiding their names star numbers, which are the unique identifying numbers on an officer’s badge. 8

Internal affairs … received complaints about the video & trying to identify him and locate his command, “wrote one Twitter user. 12

The Reporter asked CPD about the images and video that show multiple officers engaging in the practice, and whether there would be a more comprehensive investigation beyond just one officer. 8

The officers, some wearing Texas patches and insignia on their outfits, refused to identify themselves or the agency they represented, raising questions among bystanders about who the unmarked forces were. 25

Images and video circulating on social media show police officers who appear to have either taped over the name tags on their uniforms and badge star numbers or removed them entirely. 8

sold #enforcement #worn

But the personnel in Portland had few identifiable patches or markings, which are normally worn by members of the armed forces and law – enforcement agencies. 4

Patches of law – enforcement agencies and specific military units are also available on the internet, often sold under the pretense of catering to enthusiasts and veterans. 4

A variety of such patches are sold online, including ones marked “POLICE” and a near replica of the Department of Homeland Security’s patch. 4

Other US military gear worn by the federal officers, or close replicas of it, is also sold online, such as the military’s combat helmet. 4

Some military – surplus stores also sell previous versions of the helmet, some of which are still in use by military units and law – enforcement groups. 4

Floyd #George #Minneapolis #death

The protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have often devolved into violent clashes between smaller groups and the police. 15

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. 1

The protests in Portland and dozens of other cities were sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. 14

Two months ago, the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by police officers in Minneapolis, sparked nationwide protests calling for racial equality and expansive police reform. 24

Protests have taken place for nearly two months in Portland, since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. 20

courthouse #Center #Justice #fencing #Multnomah

Early Saturday, Portland police declared the gathering unlawful, saying protesters had piled fencing in front of the exits to the federal courthouse and the Multnomah County Justice Center and then shot off fireworks at the Justice Center. 1

Protesters once again filled the streets in downtown, defiantly moving fencing meant to keep the crowd away from the Multnomah County Justice Center. 10

Protesters have spray – painted anti – cop messages on the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse and Multnomah County Justice Center, which serves as the local jail and a police headquarters. 10

In the early hours of July 15, after a night spent protesting at the Multnomah County Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Mark Pettibone and his friend Conner O’Shea decided to head home. 0

Oakland #night #looters

As of early Sunday morning, Oakland police confirmed there were three arrests related to Saturday night’s demonstrations and six other arrests by outside law enforcement agencies for burglary and looting. 18

Manheimer said there are 40 to 60 more looters the Oakland Police Department are hoping to identify and cite through security footage. 18

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. 11

Oakland police say they ‘ve increased personnel Saturday night and if people are coming to the city, to protest with respect. 18

The three Oakland police arrests were for burglary, possession of a firearm and assault with a deadly weapon, according to authorities. 18

said #know #Pettibone

Pettibone said he still does not know who arrested him or whether what happened to him legally qualifies as an arrest. 10

Mark Pettibone, another protester, says he too was taken by federal agents in an unmarked van and that he still doesn’t know why he was detained. 19

He said he did not do anything to instigate police that night, or at any of the other protests he had attended over the last six weeks. 10

However, just as he was thinking about going home, he said eight to 10 of them came “rushing” out of the courthouse to confront a group of protesters. 19

The federal officers who snatched him off the street as he was walking home from a peaceful protest did not tell him why he had been detained or provide him any record of an arrest, he told The Post. 10

Mayor #officers #Ted #Wheeler #asked

Mayor Ted Wheeler and others have said they didn’t ask for help from federal law enforcement and have asked them to leave. 15

Mayor Ted Wheeler and other local officials have said they didn’t ask for help from federal law enforcement and have asked them to leave. 20

Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office declined to offer comment on the latest events involving federal officers, but reiterated a statement from earlier in the week, saying federal officers should be restricted to guarding federal property. 0

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office referred local press to his statement earlier in the week about federal law enforcement agencies dealing with protesters. 11

Local officials, from the mayor to the governor, have asked the president to pull the federal officers out of the city. 10

Protection #Border #Customs #Service #Team

The Federal Protective Service in Portland asked Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for help in late June. 6

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. 22

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. 1

In an attempt to counter a New York Times report, Morgan said the Customs and Border Protection’s Special Response Team and Border Patrol Tactical Team known as BORTAC are highly trained to respond to riot control in detention facilities. 6

departments #Veterans #members #uniforms

The Department of Veterans Affairs ‘police department, who guard the nation’s veteran hospitals, facilities and cemeteries, is larger than the entire U.S. Marshals Service. 13

Thaddeus Hoffmeister, a law professor at the University of Dayton, told The Hill that unlike members of the military, federal law – enforcement agents aren’t always required to wear identifiable uniforms. 26

The damaged buildings included those housing the departments of Veterans Affairs and Treasury, as well as the Export – Import Bank. 21

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has highlighted concerns about members of law enforcement dressing like members of the military while responding to protests, saying there needs to be clear “visual distinction” between the two organizations. 4

Historically, local police departments have required their officers to have some sort of identification on their uniforms, according to Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a research organization. 17

gas #use #impact #munitions

Chavez has worked on litigation surrounding the weeks of protests and helped lead efforts to curb local police from using tear gas and munitions on protesters. 0

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. 22

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. 1

State lawmakers passed a law saying local police could only use tear gas on protesters if police declared that a “riot” was underway that could severely impact the safety of officers and property. 24

The feds have repeatedly deployed tear gas to scuttle protests, despite a newly passed state law that bans local police from using the chemical irritant except to quash riots. 10

Prisons #Bureau #riot #response #teams

On Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr announced he would send Bureau of Prisons riot teams to the District in response to protests in the city. 27

The Bureau of Prisons may be especially out of its depth : Responding to a peaceful demonstration requires a different response than stopping a prison riot. 17

Mr. Takei said the use of teams from the Bureau of Prisons particularly hindered efforts to identify officers and de – escalate encounters. 17

The bureau said in a statement to news outlets that the officials were members of a crisis – management unit ( like those involved in quelling prison riots ). 26

The Bureau of Prisons has confirmed to CBS News that the riot officers in D.C. who have been unwilling to identify themselves are BOP employees. 27

increases #actions #force

As police, both local and federal, have responded to demonstrators with increasing force, the protests have grown more unwieldy and determined. 10

Portland’s police department continued to defend its actions, though, claiming such measures were necessary to tamp down unruly or unlawful protests. 24

But as violence between the federal authorities and protesters increases, questions about their use of force and whether federal agents should be there in the first place have emerged. 19

The protests have swelled to more than 1,000 people — and they are once again attracting a broader base in a city that’s increasingly unified and outraged. 6

Especially now, after a week of daily protests and national unrest over police brutality, the move flies in the face of calls for better oversight of law enforcement agencies. 25

deputies #Sheriff #Orange #County #associated

Juan Viramontes, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, reminded that symbols can have multiple meanings but deputies should not wear unauthorized patches. 3

Juan Viramontes, president of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff ‘s, reminded that symbols can have multiple meanings but deputies should not wear unauthorized patches. 16

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes denounced one of his deputies Wednesday for wearing a patch associated with an extremist paramilitary group while policing a Costa Mesa protest over the killing of George Floyd. 23

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes launched an investigation into a deputy who wore patches on his uniform associated with a right – wing paramilitary group — at a time when law enforcement is trying to defuse nationwide anger and frustration over police brutality. 3

enforcement #powers #count #number

Many federal agencies have broad law enforcement powers — and can end up enforcing laws that wouldn’t on the surface appear to have much to do with their stated raison d’etre. 13

The Justice Department can’t even come up with a reliable count of the number of federal crimes on the books to enforce; it’s somewhere north of 3,000 but federal law is so voluminous and convoluted that no one has really tried to count it since 1982. 13

At most, it might lead federal law enforcement to act more cautiously, but they’ll still operate in areas where locals don’t want them to. 24

When I was writing a history of the FBI, the bureau couldn’t even tell me the total number of criminal provisions it was specifically responsible for enforcing. 13

July #Marshals #injuring #head #fired

Tensions escalated after an officer with the Marshals Service fired a less – lethal round at a protester’s head on July 11, critically injuring him. 28

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. 1

Tensions have escalated in the past two weeks, particularly after an officer with the U.S. Marshals Service fired at a protester’s head on July 11, critically injuring him. 15

Tensions have escalated in the past two weeks, particularly after an officer with the U.S. Marshals Service fired a less – lethal round at a protester’s head on July 11, critically injuring him. 20

On July 11, Davis recorded video of a protester getting shot in the head by an impact round fired by a federal agent. 19

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