Heavily armed U.S. agents on city streets: Can Trump do that?


The"Wall of Moms first started appearing at the protests Saturday

"These acts of violence perpetrated by federal law enforcement are created to pass down a legacy of fear and further the interminable control of the movements of Black and Brown bodies since the days of American slavery", Bynum said in a statement. One of Trump's responses to protests, including some that transformed into unrest, was to threaten to use the military to calm them. "Federal forces have used significant force against protesters on a nightly basis, including shooting one individual in the head with a munition, reportedly fracturing his skull".

Rosenblum referenced the unmarked minivan incident involving alleged undercover federal agents who arrested Mark Pettibone, a protestor dressed in black walking on the sidewalk.

She said: "We are a nation of laws, and the president's attempts to intimidate our communities with threats of violence could not be more un-American". Mayor Lori Lightfoot softened her previous opposition, however, saying, "I've been very clear that we welcome actual partnership".

Affidavits filed in federal court in cases against recently arrested protesters show that federal officers have posted lookouts on the upper stories of the courthouse and have plainclothes officers circulating in the crowds.

According to reports, DHS was preparing to send 150 paramilitary personnel to Chicago after police there clashed with demonstrators seeking to tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus.

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But if the police department is truly anxious about public safety in the fight to retain the bulk of its funding, where is that same concern in the face of an unfettered federal occupation that has demonstrably led to less safety in Portland? He says federal police have done nothing wrong. "In fact, we want them to leave".

Throughout his presidency, Trump has leaned on Homeland Security to carry out his political objectives, including cracking down on illegal immigration and slowing legal immigration applications.

"He was talking about how the aggressiveness of those protests has severely gone way down, and he felt that it was coming to an end as far as what he saw in the beginning of (the) protests", Walsh said.

With less than four months to go before November's election, Trump has been serving up dire warnings that the violence would worsen if his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, is elected president, as he tries to win over voters who could be swayed by that message.

Also on Sunday, APD officers pepper sprayed counter-protesters, which a Daily Lobo photographer was caught in.

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The Department of Homeland Security sent officers to Portland during protests against police brutality.

Among the protesters this week was Maureen Healy, who joined a march Monday with a family member, as demonstrators sang songs, chanted the names of Black lives lost and held moments of silence. It's part of growing pushback against the Trump administration's use of federal agents in Portland and its plans to do the same in other cities.

The motion for a temporary restraining order asks U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman to command agents from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Federal Protective Service and the U.S. Marshals Service to immediately stop detaining protesters without probable cause, to identify themselves and their agency before arresting anyone, and to explain why an arrest is taking place.

The program was reportedly aimed at driving down crime in seven cities, which Albuquerque was included in. Martin Heinrich calling on Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales, who will be at the White House on Wednesday, to resign.

"Instead of collaborating with the Albuquerque Police Department, the Sheriff is inviting the President's stormtroopers into Albuquerque", Heinrich said.

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"We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it", he tweeted. This long-standing riot is a stark commentary on the misgovernance of Mayor Wheeler, who's better at insulting federal law enforcement than doing his job.

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