Protesters set fire to Police Association building in Portland
Jul 21 2020
The federal agents in OR are hardly using unusual policing tactics.
Word of the Chicago plan came after Trump last week made a vague announcement on how his administration meant to deal with crime in big USA cities such as Chicago.
Representatives Jerold Nadler of New York, Carolyn Maloney of New York, and Bennie Thompson of MS sent a letter to the Justice Department and Homeland Security inspectors general Sunday, saying they are "increasingly alarmed at the Trump administration's use of federal law enforcement to violate the civil rights of our constituents". "He's actually using the federal police function in support of his candidacy".
The strife in Portland, reflects the growing fault lines in law enforcement as President Trump pushes a brutal federal role in how cities manage a wave of national unrest after George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis police.
The American Civil Liberties Union also sued the Trump administration to "block federal law enforcement from dispersing, arresting, threatening to arrest or using physical force against journalists or legal observers".
Now, she adds, "expanded surveillance and policing capabilities are not only targeting and constraining the lives of immigrants, but U.S. citizens". This is not a dictatorship. Labella lightly tossed the gas canister into the empty street between him and the officers.
"New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore ... we're not going to let this happen in our country", Trump said in the Oval Office. "Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators", he said. They are missing in action. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!' Protesters, however, say the agents are using "gestapo" tactics and "kidnapping" demonstrators off the streets.
Wheeler's approach, he said, was to wait until the "energy" had left the protesters, and that the riots would "end within a matter of days". "It was calming down". If anything, the federal agent's response has only reinvigorated this local movement. Brown said. "What's needed is de-escalation and dialogue".
"We have an already heightened situation".
Meanwhile, the group gathered in North Portland marched to PPB's North Precinct, and then headed to the N Lombard headquarters of the Portland Police Association (PPA)-PPB's union for rank-and-file officers.
The move came after confrontations between police and protesters Friday night.
They added that rioters had successfully lit the PPA on fire, but responders were able to put the fire out in short order. Instead, he and other city and state officials have called on federal officers to leave the city.
"I'm anxious that one of our residents or one of our local or state law enforcement officers is going to get killed because of the tactics that they are now engaged in", he said. "But it's a distinction without a difference in the eyes of the public". He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm's way.
Wheeler, however, said the presence and actions of the federal officers had ignited "a powder keg". "In fact, we're demanding that they leave".
Wheeler has called on federal agents to go home. Last week, a protester was shot in the head with a less lethal round and severely injured.
The president placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of "liberal Democrats" who are in charge of these cities. I was hoping they would respect that long enough so that we could talk. A resounding issue for the Trump critics is the use of unmarked cars. "The House is committed to moving swiftly to curb these egregious abuses of power immediately", they said.
Among the tactical agents deployed by the Department of Homeland Security are officials from a group known as BORTAC, the Border Patrol equivalent of a S.W.A.T. team, a highly trained group that typically investigates drug-smuggling organizations, unlike city protesters. The federal officers were seen wearing camouflage and face masks but without identification badges to arrest protesters and take them away on Friday.
After protests began flooding nearly every state in the us, president Trump ordered that the monuments always remain guarded and protected. Their presence is not needed. They also create a more volatile situation on our streets. "It is absolutely counterproductive to the work we're trying to do here".