31.4 C
Friday, September 18, 2020

Oregon seeks restraining order against Portland federal agents

Oregon officials are desperate to kick federal troops out of Portland — filing a lawsuit this week requesting a restraining order against the more than 100 agents deployed to Portland as violence continues to envelop the city.

The suit, filed by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, claims that federal agents deployed by the Trump administration have used excessive force to restrain protesters and arrested people with no probable cause, according to a Politico report.

Camouflage-clad agents from the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies were deployed to the streets of Portland last week to protect federal monuments and buildings after nearly two months of demonstrations over police brutality and the death of George Floyd.

There are 114 federal agents in Portland, one Oregon attorney said in court.

The motion from the Oregon AG’s office asks the judge to order agents from the alphabet soup of agencies to stop arresting people without probable cause and identify themselves before making an arrest.

Clashes between protesters and authorities have grown increasingly violent in recent days, with agents using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse agitators dressed in riot gear after they tried to set a federal courthouse on fire this week.

Protesters also torched Portland’s police union headquarters on Saturday.

Oregon officials have demanded Trump withdraw forces from the state, insisting that they don’t need his help. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler blamed the feds for exacerbating the situation.

The administration is refusing to back down and is threatening to send troops to Chicago after a spate of shootings.

In a tweet Sunday, President Trump insisted he was trying to help and accused local leaders of losing control of the city.

“We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it. Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators,” he wrote.

“They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE,” Trump continued. “These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!”

Read More at NYPost

Latest news

Pompeo Expects Every Country to Comply With Snapback of UN Sanctions on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States expects every country to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions on Iran. “We...

Three arrested in Oregon for illegally roadblocking fire evacuation zones: Police

Three people were arrested in Oregon after allegedly setting up an illegal roadblock outside...

Progressives poll Latino voters on ‘dog-whistle’ GOP talking points, shocked to find approval for ‘Trump-style rhetoric’

Former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden is struggling to reach Latino voters. That statement is not pro-Trump wish-casting about the 2020 election,...

Related news

Trump bothered by FBI director’s testimony on Antifa and China

President Trump on Friday doubled down on his criticism of FBI Director Christopher Wray, saying his testimony to congress about Antifa and China’s influence...

CA man punches elderly Trump supporter at MAGA rally: report

A knife-wielding California man allegedly punched a female Donald Trump supporter at a “Make America Great Again” rally before a retired cop pulled a...

Suspects charged with kidnapping Alabama businessman who paid $250K ransom

A retired Alabama businessman was kidnapped during a home invasion and forced to wire $250,000 to his captors before they released him unharmed. Elton B....