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Portland mayor to Trump: Get your troops out of the city

(Update: Oregon AG to sue feds over detentions, begins criminal investigation)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland demanded Friday that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect.

“Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said at a news conference.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Trump is looking for a confrontation in the hopes of winning political points elsewhere. It also serves as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing spiking numbers of infections in Oregon and the nation.

Brown’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, said Friday that arresting people without probable cause is “extraordinarily concerning and a violation of their civil liberties and constitutional rights.”

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said she would file a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Marshals Service, Customs and Border Protection and Federal Protection Service alleging they have violated the civil rights of Oregonians by detaining them without probable cause. She will also seek a temporary restraining order against them.

The ACLU of Oregon said the federal agents appear to be violating citizens’ rights, which “should concern everyone in the United States.”

“Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. “The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.”

Federal officers have charged at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests so far, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday. Some have been detained by the federal courthouse, which has been the scene of protests. But others were grabbed blocks away.

“This is part of the core media strategy out of Trump’s White House: to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data,” Wheeler said. “And it is an absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.”

One video showed two people in helmets and green camouflage with “police” patches grabbing a person on the sidewalk, handcuffing them and taking them into an unmarked vehicle.

“Who are you?” someone asks the pair, who do not respond. At least some of the federal officers belong to the Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that its agents had information indicating the person in the video was suspected of assaulting federal agents or destroying federal property.

“Once CBP agents approached the suspect, a large and violent mob moved towards their location. For everyone’s safety, CBP agents quickly moved the suspect to a safer location,” the agency said. However, the video shows no mob.

In another case, Mark Pettibone, 29, said a minivan rolled up to him around 2 a.m. Wednesday and four or five people got out “looking like they were deployed to a Middle Eastern war.”

Pettibone told The Associated Press he got to his knees as the group approached. They dragged him into the van without identifying themselves or responding to his questions and pulled his beanie over his eyes so he couldn’t see, he said.

“I figured I was just going to disappear for an indefinite amount of time,” Pettibone said.

Pettibone said he was put into a cell and officers dumped the contents of his backpack, with one remarking: “Oh, this is a bunch of nothing.”

After he asked for a lawyer, Pettibone was allowed to leave.

“Authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters,” Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley said in a tweet.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams in Portland said Friday he has requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General investigate the actions of DHS personnel.

In a letter Friday, Oregon’s two senators and two of its House members demanded that U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf immediately withdraw “these federal paramilitary forces from our state.”

The members of Congress also said they’ll be asking the DHS inspector general as well as the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate “the unrequested presence and violent actions of federal forces in Portland.”

“It’s painfully clear this administration is focused purely on escalating violence without answering my repeated requests for why this expeditionary force is in Portland and under what constitutional authority,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden said.

On Thursday night, federal officers deployed tear gas and fired non-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters.

Wolf visited Portland on Thursday and called the demonstrators, who are protesting racism and police brutality, “violent anarchists.”

Wolf blamed state and city authorities for not putting an end to the protests. But Portland police said Friday they wound up arresting 20 people overnight.

At least two protests occurred Thursday night, one near the federal courthouse and the other by a police station in another part of the city. Police told protesters to leave that site after announcing they heard some chanting about burning down the building. Protester Paul Frazier said Friday the chant was “much more rhetorical than an actual statement.”

Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell told reporters Friday that his officers are in contact with the federal agents, but that neither controls the others’ actions.

“We do communicate with federal officers for the purpose of situational awareness and deconfliction,” Lovell said. “We’re operating in a very, very close proximity to one another ... so it’s important for us to know if they’re going to take some type of action and it’s important for them to know if we’re going to take some type of action.”

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon on Friday added the federal government to a lawsuit it filed earlier to halt the use of crowd control measures, including tear gas and rubber bullets, against journalists and legal observers at protests in Portland.

“The lawsuit is one of many the ACLU will be filing against federal authorities in Portland for their unconstitutional attacks on people protesting the police killing of George Floyd,” the group said.

Tensions have escalated 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.

The protests following the police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis have often devolved into violent clashes between smaller groups and the police. The unrest has caused deep divisions in a city that prides itself on its activism and progressive reputation.


News release:

MERKLEY, WYDEN, BLUMENAUER, BONAMICI DEMAND FEDERAL FORCES BE REMOVED FROM PORTLAND

Letter blasts the administration for using force and intimidation to try to bolster the president’s re-election campaign

Friday, July 17, 2020

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, today blasted federal agencies’ politically-motivated “authoritarian tactics” and demanded that U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf immediately remove their special forces from Oregon. 

“These tactics include deploying federal agents without identifying insignia in an apparent effort to evade transparency and accountability, snatching people off the street with no apparent reason for apprehension, and using potentially deadly munitions to harm peaceful protesters. These actions are out of control,” the delegation wrote. “They are more reflective of tactics of a government led by a dictator, not from the government of our constitutional democratic republic.”

The letter continues: “These tactics, coupled with the violent nature of the federal agents’ crowd control tactics resulting in a peaceful demonstrator being shot in the face on July 11, 2020 by a member of the U.S Marshals Service Special Operating Group (SOG), seem calculated to provoke further conflict, a conclusion reinforced by the President’s efforts to make a political issue out of developments in Portland. The message crafted by the Trump administration to justify this escalation of force and intimidation in Portland borders on propaganda, apparently to serve the President’s perceived political interests. This is unacceptable under our Constitution. There are undoubtedly dangerous acts being committed by a small number of individuals. Yet a Department of Homeland Security press release refers to ‘violent anarchists’ 72 times while describing graffiti.  Meanwhile, the President’s re-election campaign is running ads warning of ‘lawlessness’ and ‘radical left-wing mobs.’”

The letter points out that the lawmakers also emphasized that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have refused to provide any answers to even the most fundamental questions.

“These actions represent a complete abuse of power, and we demand that you remove any SOG, [U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Unit (BORTAC)], Homeland Security Investigations Special Response Team (HSI SRT) agents or other federal agents recently deployed to Oregon immediately,” they wrote. “We will not tolerate the use of Oregonians as props in President Trump’s campaign-motivated abuse of power.” 

Also today, the delegation announced that it would be formally requesting that the offices of Inspector General for DOJ and for DHS open investigations into the unrequested presence and violent actions of federal forces in Portland. 

Find the full letter below and here.

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July 17, 2020

The Honorable William Barr

Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice

Washington, D.C. 20530

The Honorable Chad Wolf

Acting Secretary

Department of Homeland Security

Washington, D.C. 20528

Attorney General Barr and Acting Secretary Wolf:

We write today to express our alarm about the authoritarian tactics employed in the streets of Portland by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. 

These tactics include deploying federal agents without identifying insignia in an apparent effort to evade transparency and accountability, snatching people off the street with no apparent reason for apprehension, and using potentially deadly munitions to harm peaceful protesters. These actions are out of control. They are more reflective of tactics of a government led by a dictator, not from the government of our constitutional democratic republic.

Not only must these egregious tactics end immediately, we demand that you remove these federal paramilitary forces from our state. The country has watched recent videos of agents wearing camouflage and body armor, without insignia or other identification, apparently from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Tactical Unit (BORTAC), apprehending civilians by putting them into unmarked cars. Furthermore, the fact that neither the public, nor local leaders, nor federal representatives for the people of Oregon know who these agents are despite direct inquiries from us and others speaks to the intentional obfuscation of their roles. Federal agents deployed in American cities must wear identifying insignia for public accountability of these grievous acts. 

These actions are chillingly reminiscent of autocratic governments that “disappear” critics and opponents. Federal agents only have the authority to make arrests if they have probable cause that a person has violated a federal law. In at least some of these instances, these anonymous law enforcement officers appear to be indiscriminately arresting anyone in downtown Portland who they perceive to be associated with protests, searching them, and then releasing or charging them depending on what they find. Proximity and dress do not constitute probable cause. 

We appreciate the responsibility to protect federal personnel and property, but these tactics, coupled with the violent nature of the federal agents’ crowd control tactics resulting in a peaceful demonstrator being shot in the face on July 11, 2020 by a member of the U.S Marshals Service Special Operating Group (SOG), seem calculated to provoke further conflict, a conclusion reinforced by the President’s efforts to make a political issue out of developments in Portland. The message crafted by the Trump administration to justify this escalation of force and intimidation in Portland borders on propaganda, apparently to serve the President’s perceived political interests. This is unacceptable under our Constitution. There are undoubtedly dangerous acts being committed by a small number of individuals. Yet a Department of Homeland Security press release refers to “violent anarchists” 72 times while describing graffiti.  Meanwhile, the President’s re-election campaign is running ads warning of “lawlessness” and “radical left-wing mobs.” 

The American people deserve to know who is giving orders for the disappearance-style arrests or detentions, as well as who has operational command and what the rules of engagement are for federal officers operating in Portland. We live in a democratic republic, not an authoritarian police state and we cannot allow our cities to become occupied zones. The President is working hard to portray himself as a “law and order” figure, but only seems interested in the “order” part of that phrase. You and your agencies work for the people of Oregon and other Americans and you are answerable to them.  

These actions represent a complete abuse of power, and we demand that you remove any SOG, BORTAC, Homeland Security Investigations Special Response Team (HSI SRT) agents or other federal agents recently deployed to Oregon immediately. Some of us have already written to you requesting information about your training, tactics, and chain of command, and we reiterate our requests for you to provide that information immediately. We will not tolerate the use of Oregonians as props in President Trump’s campaign-motivated abuse of power.


U.S. ATTORNEY STATEMENT ON FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IN PORTLAND

PORTLAND, Ore.—U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams released the following statement today on federal law enforcement’s response to ongoing protests in Portland:

“The overarching goal of law enforcement is public protection and, during tense and dangerous situations, de-escalation. Federal law enforcement officers protecting the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse and other federal buildings have been operating with those two critical goals. Night after night for the past 50 nights, they have protected the federal courthouse from incursion and fire. They have rebuffed efforts to enter the building by force and have been met with an onslaught of commercial fireworks, laser strikes, glass, mortars, paint, and anything else near at hand. They have endeavored to find the individuals within the crowd who are committing these violent acts and arrest them in a manner that is safe for both the officers and nearby non-violent protesters.

In limited instances, their conduct has been questioned and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General appropriately opened an investigation into the use of less lethal ammunition directed at a protestor last week.

Based on news accounts circulating that allege federal law enforcement detained two protestors without probable cause, I have requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General to open a separate investigation directed specifically at the actions of DHS personnel.

As U.S. Attorney, I will continue to work in concert with local and federal law enforcement and city and community leaders to bring about an end to this violence.”


Attorney General Rosenblum Files Lawsuit Against U. S. Homeland Security; Announces Criminal Investigation   

Salem, Oregon—Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum this evening will file a lawsuit in federal court against the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Protection Service and their agents alleging they have engaged in unlawful law enforcement in violation of the civil rights of Oregonians by seizing and detaining them without probable cause. 

The lawsuit will be followed by a motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) regarding the forcible detainment of an Oregon resident, Mark Pettibone. If granted, the TRO would immediately stop federal authorities from unlawfully detaining Oregonians. Rosenblum’s actions come in response to two disturbing incidents that occurred this week. Both involved federal authorities overstepping their powers and injuring or threatening peaceful protesters on the streets of Downtown Portland.

The first of these took place on July 12, 2020, when a peaceful protester was standing near the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse. The protester was hit in the head with an “impact weapon” and suffered severe injuries. The second occurred July 16, 2020, also in downtown Portland, when an unmarked minivan with undercover federal agents wearing generic green military fatigues forcibly detained Pettibone, who was walking on a sidewalk. Pettibone was later held at the Federal Courthouse, and eventually was let go.

The Oregon Department of Justice Criminal Justice Division has also opened an investigation into the July 12 incident. It is joined in this criminal investigation by Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill.

Statement from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum:

“I share the concerns of our state and local leaders – and our Oregon U.S. Senators and certain Congressional representatives – that the current escalation of fear and violence in downtown Portland is being driven by federal law enforcement tactics that are entirely unnecessary and out of character with the Oregon way. These tactics must stop. They not only make it impossible for people to assert their First Amendment rights to protest peacefully. They also create a more volatile situation on our streets. We are today asking the federal court to stop the federal police from secretly stopping and forcibly grabbing Oregonians off our streets, and we are announcing a state criminal investigation, with the Multnomah County District Attorney, into the incident resulting in serious injuries to a peaceful protester — apparently committed by a federal police officer in downtown Portland last week.

“The federal administration has chosen Portland to use their scare tactics to stop our residents from protesting police brutality and from supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Every American should be repulsed when they see this happening. If this can happen here in Portland, it can happen anywhere.”

Crime And Courts / Government-politics / Oregon-Northwest

The Associated Press

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      1. Both these idiot Demokkrats- the Oregon Governor and the Portland Mayor learned “nothing” from the Seattle riots and occupation- making outlandish claims that these gatherings are akin to a summer block party- which was then parroted here at Z21 (shameful !) But… once the looters- arsonists- and rioters were finished with “their” block party fun- the murderers took over !

        This is what the career politicians despise- an outsider like President Trump coming in and calling BS on the old guard- lets all be thankful the orange one in the White House is protecting we Oregonians from Wheeler and Brown- those two are a disgrace !

      1. Im sorry for you if the future looks sad in your eyes, thankfully most people dont share that view and are working hard to make tomorrow better than today- as tough as the bat flu is, its doing a great job of reminding folks why we put community first and our neighbors before ourselves, just like jesus’ golden rule!

        1. Yes. Because the violence and murders you support have turned Portland, a progressive wonderland, in to such a great place. Burned out buildings, violence, looting. Who wouldn’t want to live in Caracas on the Columbia? Thanks for working so hard to make the world a better place.

  1. (MERKLEY, WYDEN, BLUMENAUER, BONAMICI) If these people were doing their jobs none of this would be happening! You want someone to blame-look in the mirror! DRAIN THE SWAMP and the pesky mosquitoes will go away.

    1. Looking forward to the day even one of you ‘patriots’ goes out and defends the civil liberties and constitutional rights of Americans being attacked by armed unmarked federal paramilitary terrorists roaming our cities in battle gear with no Id’s, disappearing Oregonians with no oversight, not mirandizing or even telling them what they’re being kidnapped for. But tell us again about how afraid you were that Obama was going to convert Walmarts into concentration camps or about those fema trailers. You all are posers who would never think to stand up to actual fascism, which is why they let you keep your guns.

  2. Portland Mayor is such a loser. Blaming the federal agents for violence when it is the rioters that are doing the violence. I hope Trump comes in with a huge force into Portland and just arrests all the non-peaceful protesters. The Constitution only allows to “people peaceably to assembly”. Even so much as disorderly conduct is against the first amendment when it comes to protesting.

        1. Any-ol-Mouse has had no life since failed Governor Kate Brown told him to stay inside and don’t go outside- for any reason… just look at the daily dose of low brow nonsense he floods this site with. No real point- just one line personal attacks that the mod seems to enjoy reading and enabling- while others with deeper more thought out positions have their comments removed- censored-banned… this really is on the mod- who needs to up his game and start enforcing the intent of the TOS as many here have requested- stop the personal attacks- the off topic garbage- the vulgarity and hate… seems simple enough.

          1. If I upped the TOS – and we’re not – you’d be basically “gone.” You hate in every comment. (And no I don’t care “who started it,” that was left behind in kindergarten by most thinking, feeling humans.)

            1. Hogwash ! Another empty threat in another failed attempt to regain some kinda foothold when I yanked that carpet of common sense out from under yer slippers !

              You flat out have no justifiable reason to remove me because my posts are on topic-well supported- and never begin with “you think- you feel- you-you-you” !!!

              The weeks I was away- this place turned into a forty eight hour hate fest with Tio-Anymouse-Dumb Bunny- Martian- and your personal favorite Eddy-Bee- monopolizing the airwaves with their gang attacks on anyone they disagreed with- no civility- a bum load of lies- tons of “dangerous misinformation” and you sat under yer desk and did nothing- I did see you go after the few flag waving apple pie eating mom loving commentators that had the gall to show up here- whatta disgrace this forum has become.

              You coddle the suck ups with their “Oh Barny yer the greatest”- then let them krap all over the more passive visitors. And “no” nobody believes you deal with them at all- “nobody” has ever seen you call out these clowns- only enable them.

              Damn Boomer- that love it or leave it garbage went out with the Vietnam War- get with the times- where exactly is the all inclusiveness here- I sure as hell don’t see it !

              So take the threat- and chew on it.

              1. FACT: If we got rid of personal attacks, you’d be the most prolific and be all but invisible. I welcome and am thankful for the great support I have from the folks here who disdain the jerks who can’t engage in civil dialogue without personal attacks. People who are very much in line with you politically have told you so on multiple occasions, and all you do is attack anyone who dares disagree with the mighty Barney Never Gets His Wish.

                1. Do you believe that you have the innate ability to identify your conservative or liberal writers here ?

                  Or… are you just making blind bum assumptions as to the political affiliations found around here… as I said a long time ago- I was a registered Democrat until Bill Clinton’s shenanigans made it impossible to support the party any more.

                  I’ve since felt pretty comfortable in my “Independent” skin ever since.

                2. I don’t classify. I moderate. I just clearly recall many people who agree with you politically who have told you off for the way you trash the hosts of this system and those who disagree with you.
                  I don’t care what party you are. Your nasty and untrue attacks on us speak loudly for themselves.

                3. Well thanks to auto correct, it said on comments but I meant your comments.A mediator should not engage but should only mediate IMHO.

      1. Aw how cute. The Antifa propaganda is working. You are the patriots of yesteryear. Where Paul Revere went looting his neighbor’s shop and killing the shop owner for justice. Where explosives are just harmless fireworks. And good Old John Hancock went around shooting children for revolution. Do you still celebrate the murder of Italia Kelley or was that just a drunken reply?

  3. The feds should let Portland degrade to its logical conclusion, it’s been turning into a crap hole for years, way befor these lawless “demon straters” started their rampages. Wyden, Merkley, Brown, you all look just like Portland, and fit in nicely, please keep your mask on, and breathe deeply, that stench you smell, is the death of a once great state.

        1. 1776, World War 1, World War ll, 1866, The list goes on. America is the Greatest Country on the planet. If you feel otherwise you are free to move to where ever you feel is greater. China? North Korea? Venezuela? Your choice! I along with millions of other will help you pack. I’ll spring for your ticket.

  4. This is one of the funniest things i’ve ever heard. “Who are you?” Unmarked cops? Come on…. some of the commenters on here are whining about it. Like they don’t support it. Why not? They mocked everybody in LaVoy’s truck for asking THE VERY SAME THING. Harney County was FULL of them and all of them gunning for us. Do it to you people and your kind tho….. aaaaaaand holy hell. It was TOTALLY fine for obama “troops” to come to oregon and partake in murder, and you all condoned it. To quote Chuck Schumer…”reap the whirlwind”

      1. All for it baby ! The failed Demokkkrats here in Oregon have lost all control. The state has literally become ‘lawless”- You pick yer topic- Masks are mandatory ? Marijuana is illegal ?? Hell- Pump yer own gas ??? Who knows !

        The messaging coming from the failed Dem Governors office is completely full if Hems and Haws- gee shucks- what to do !

        Portland has once again become a national embarrassment- the place aint been right since Vic Atiyeh ran the state and expanded the economy… what has Brown done ? Along with everything Ca. and Wa. do- krapped all over the citizens- new and old !

        Throw the old hag out and let’s move on !

    1. Maybe time to do better then, if youre worried about police violence against finicum- duh the solution isnt more police violence no matter how much portland scares you… repeatedly doing the exact same things as dang obama is a bad way for comrade president to show his dislike for dang obama 😉

      1. Or maybe it’s time to do something about your kind that supports back shooting cops, unmarked federal cops on non-federal ground, and all other types of cop/elected official thuggery

    2. I think there was a lot wrong in how government responded to the occupation in Malheur (although that occupation itself was completely unjustified and founded on either ignorance or willful disregard), but I don’t think the underlying events in Portland are really comparable. A declared, armed occupation of federal land is a matter in which the federal government has a direct interest, but countermanding local and state government in a state matter like the riots in Portland is an affront to federalism and states’ rights.

    1. You can’t? It’s easy. These are the democrat progressive shock troops. They love the chaos. It helps them remain in power. They think they are revolutionaries but they are puppets. Notice they stick to the most progressive democrat cities? What are the fighting there? Is Antifa and BLM admitting the democrat progressives are failures? Or do they know democrat progressives support violence and mayhem to secure their power? Let the people of Portland live in violence and feces. Wall off the city, shut off the supply lines, and let them feed themselves with “community gardens.”

        1. KTVZ website (Money) June 13th 2020:

          “Mayor Durkin has termed this a “block-party” !!!

          If it’s on your website- you own it !

  5. Who cares? Let those thugs have it! That dump city is in that dump of state of oregon. Now that former central oregon (minus bend) lives in the greater Idaho state!

    1. Sadly, the progressives who voted for this violence and turned their cities in to sewers are moving to Idaho and voting for the same exact things that they fled.

  6. Oregon you voted for all these scum bags who don’t believe in the law. Now is time to get rid of all police protection for any politician who doesn’t protect the publics property and life.

  7. If you don’t want the feds there. Than the governor and he mayor need to get control over the cities. These protests are a bunch of Bullock’s and are getting way out of hand. I think all the protesters should be thrown in jail for causing so much damage to our cities with there bullshit. And if they want to vandalize federal property than the feds are what they get to maybe put an end to this mayham. I guarantee our officers are glad to see them because they have been risking there lives against these pos protesters who are only causing problems and not gaining anything for their purpose of what happened to mr.floyd. I say get them off the streets. They want to act like bamboos them cage them all up .

  8. Remember way back when Obama was thought to be taking over Texas because of scheduled military training exercises? Conspiracy theory was that he was going to turn Texas into a muslim caliphate or some such nonsense. It resulted in all kinds of protests. Where are you OathKeepers and constitutional activists now that we have unidentified silent paramilitary forces grabbing US citizens off Portland streets (not on the federal properties the authoritarian administration says those forces were supposedly sent to protect), blindfolding them, throwing them in vans, taking them to undisclosed locations and detaining them with no explanation of charges or arrest? Where are you in defense of these Ameticans’ constitutional rights? You whiners are nothing but a bunch of partisan hypocrites and about as unamerican as you can get. Wake up, all freedom-loving patriots! Before it’s too late!

    1. Man, you have a short memory! ANTIFA was declared a terrorist organization . . . and DHS gave the go ahead to identify and arrest terrorists, including those within the US. Since Wheeler and Brown refuse to arrest ANTIFA and openly support their agenda, I wouldn’t be surprised if an unmarked van pulls up to Wheeler’s residence and he’s handcuffed, blindfolded, and hauled off to an unknown location for interrogation. It might even start happening in Bend for all you ANTIFA supporters! Maybe you may want to keep a low profile! 😜

  9. How about we dissect the issue a bit.
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    Whose job is it to protect the Federal Building? The Fed’s!
    Whose job is it to clear the protesters from the street or provide a protective lane around the building? PPB!
    Who controls the Fed’s? Trump/Federal!
    Who controls the PPB? Mayor!
    Whose job is it to step in when the Mayor refuses to protect the Federal property? The Governor!
    _____________________

    When the PPB refuses/can’t keep a safe lane around the building, that forces the Fed’s to leave the building and provide a safe lane around the building . . . Which Kate has refused/failed to do!.
    When the PPB refuses/can’t disperse the crowds in the street for safety to the Federal Building, that requires the Fed’s to move further from the building to disperse the crowd.
    At this point, it is the Governors responsibility to step in and protect the building and disperse the crowd . . . Which Kate has refused/failed to do!
    In both these cases, it is the Mayor that is refusing to maintain safety in the area! Thus, requiring the Fed’s to step in and do the job! AND it is the Governor that hasfailed to step in to protect the building.
    ______________________

    Mayor Wheeler has no authority to demand the removal of Federal LE, when he refuses to protect Federal property!
    The Governor has no authority to demand the removal of Federal LE, when she refuses to protect Federal property!
    ______________________

    As for the Fed’s using unmarked cars to arrest protesters being unconstitutional . . . Then it is illegal for the police to use unmarked cars to do the same or to even issue traffic violations! Since it has already been ruled Constitutional, this is nothing but blowing smoke!
    ______________________

    The long and short of it, is Mayor Wheeler has to do his job!
    Governor Brown has to do her job!
    When both fail to do their jobs, It is the Fed’s duty to protect the building and the safety of both the protesters and the troops!
    ______________________

    Personally, I would hold the City of Portland accountable for the cost of repairs and if the building is destroyed or no longer usable, I would sue the mayor, the PPB, the city, the Governor, and the state of Oregon for the clean-up, land purchase, and construction of a new building. I would also make damn sure the City/State can’t use/get any Federal money or grants to recover the cost of the rioting/looting. There is no reason the citizens of the US should pay for the cost of the failures of both Mayor Wheeler and Governor Brown!

  10. Ah, the political posturing and pandering is now reaching new heights.

    File away. Long story short the arrest reports / video will support Probable Cause. The DHS knows this. The local and state politicos know this. Those arrested know this.

    And Mayor (?) Wheeler has already stated on national tv that “I can’t make anyone do anything.” Stunning.

    Welcome to the real world.

  11. Its funny how the trump and his trumplings were so appalled by the use of force against demonstrators in Hong Kong but love the use of force against fellow citizens. What a crew of halfwit hypocrites.
    IMHO, this is just a distraction ginned up by trump to distract from his complete lack of leadership on covid 19.

    1. Big difference! One is the rejection of socialism and the other is the push for socialism . . . I’m surprised you don’t know/understand the difference! No I’m not! You’re just another leftest anti-Trumper’s.

      1. The ends don’t justify the means. And Black Lives Latter is a push for Equality not socialism. (Unless you watch faux).Either way, its all just a farce by trump to distract from his falling poll numbers. Apparently showing you a shiny bobble works.

        1. Yet the top leaders of BLM have publicly identified themselves as Marxist . . . ANTIFA has also identified as Socialist. BLM and ANTIFA have now joined forces in instigating, rioting, and looting. So what is that shiny bobble you’re watching?

  12. So as I understand it from the logic of a Trumpanzie.
    Wearing a mask to protect Society from an epidemic is bad and a infringement upon our civil rights.
    Shock troops whisking people off the streets without cause and without identifying themselves, blindfolding people and holding them without charging them all while in one seriously murky jurisdictional situation is good and should be supported.

  13. Well said Shard! Saved me a lot of typing. I’d prefer the Feds not be here, however, local and state politicians have failed with all of their “double speak” so, you get the JV who will come in and do what needs to be done. Not perfect, but will get it done.

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