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Portland protests: USA official says federal officers will ‘maintain presence’

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Day 52 of Portland BLM protests

Top Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli told CNN that the officers were deployed to Portland after July 4 upon receiving "locally generated" intelligence on "planned attacks" on federal buildings.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent law enforcement units to Portland to help guard USA government facilities after receiving intelligence about planned attacks around July 4, the DHS officials said.

"The documents describe the DHS's creation of the Protecting American Communities Task Force in response to President Trump's executive order 'Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Activity, '" the report stated.

At the end of her comments, she said she wanted to thank "the police team", as well as the faith-leaders who spoke and the youths who have been rallying nightly since the May 25 death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Sunday night saw more of the same: Federal officers were met by a "wall of moms"-a long line of white mothers linking arms at the front lines in front of the federal courthouse without any protective gear".

REPORTER ASKING OFF-CAMERA: (unintelligible) federal law enforcement to these cities? Chants included "Feds go home!" and "No justice, no peace!"

The protesters later lit a fire at about 1:30 a.m. Monday within the portico of the courthouse, said Portland police. Tear gas canisters followed, filling the square outside the courthouse and forcing much of the crowd away.

Tear gas was deployed, according to pictures and video from the scene, but it was not necessarily CS gas.

Wolf said DHS will defend Portland's Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse from destructive acts, despite requests from state and local authorities that federal officers leave. Hardesty, who oversees the city's fire department and other first-responder agencies, said in an open letter to Wheeler that if "you can't control the police, give me the Portland Police Bureau". "We're going to arrest you'".

That brings us to this question does the president have the legal authority to send in federal officers two more us cities as he's promised to do after portland scheduling can graves is live in the newsroom and lincoln he's promised to tackle other issues unrelated to protests dead today he specifically mentioned gun violence in chicago and his belief that federal police could stop the violence but there are still questions about the president's authority to do such a thing and whether it's actually a winning strategy in an election year.

"They're Democrat-run cities, they are liberally run", he added in an interview with Fox News. State and local officials say the federal law enforcement officers have incited violence in the city. He also defended the use of unmarked cars as routine. "We can not have secret police abducting people in unmarked vehicles".

"With the federal government, they won't even identify who they are", Wheeler said. "So it's really as simple as that".

State and local leaders in OR, as well as members of Congress, meanwhile, have called for Trump to remove Department of Homeland Security from Portland.

Portland's mayor called the intervention an abuse of federal power and said it was escalating the violence. Oregon's attorney general filed a lawsuit against the federal agencies, saying they had seized and detained people without probable cause. Merkley said that the DHS and Dept. of Justice were engaged in acts that were horrific and outrageous in the USA constitutional democratic republic.

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