Portland Protesters Attempting to Construct Autonomous Zone

Officers in tactical gear have been deployed from more than half a dozen federal law enforcement agencies joining local police in Portland Oregon amid continuing racial justice protests

U.S. Marshals investigate shooting at Portland protest

During a visit to Portland Thursday, Wolf blasted Black Lives Matter protesters as "lawless anarchists" and a "violent mob" that desecrated and destroyed federal property.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said Wolf's arrival was "political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety". President Donald Trump, the week after his impeachment trial in the Senate failed, sent BORTAC units to at least eight major USA sanctuary cities to round up and arrest undocumented immigrants.

The Department of Homeland Security has deployed officers from more than a half-dozen federal law enforcement agencies and departments to quell the unrest in Portland.

Bystander videos show the protester collapsing to the ground unconscious and bleeding profusely from the head after a federal officer outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse fired a non-lethal round at him.

Videos posted to Twitter since the early hours of July 15 show agents wearing camouflage uniforms rushing protestors, detaining them, and taking them into unmarked rental cars to an unknown location.

"I told Acting Secretary Wolf that the federal government should remove all federal officers from our streets".

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At least 13 individuals have been charged with crimes related to the demonstrations. "He is putting both Oregonians and local law enforcement officers in harm's way".

"A number of people have asked if I know DHS leadership is in town, and if I'm going to meet with them".

He condemned the desecration of property and said "to attack" a federal courthouse by setting it aflame "is to attack America".

In a digital press conference held Monday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Chuck Lovell discussed recent spikes in gun violence as well as the actions of federal officers on city streets.

The U.S. Marshals Service is investigating the LaBella shooting.

As coverage of the George Floyd protests has dropped off over the last couple weeks, with coronavirus surging back into the news, activists and local journalists in and around Portland have been begging for media coverage of what they call a "Federal Occupation".

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Federal officers recently sent to Portland by President Donald Trump have escalated tensions 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. This morning, the public witnessed a gaggle of PPB officers chase and tackle a person who was biking down SW 4th in downtown Portland-despite that street being open to public use. We very much quelled it, and if it starts again, we'll quell it again very easily. Since then their presence brought on an escalation of violence towards protesters - an extreme response to a movement challenging police violence.

"Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping - what is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the U.S.", Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of OR, said in a statement.

Read Oregon Public Broadcasting's entire report here. "These actions are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered". "We do not need or want their help". Hardesty also said federal law enforcement have no place patrolling Portland's protests. "The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether".

The Nation's Jeet Heer wrote Friday that "on the face of it, what these federal officers are doing is illegal and unconstitutional".

"I am basically tossed into the van", Pettibone told OPB.

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