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US DOJ IG launches probe into law enforcement actions in Portland and Washington, D.C.

22:56  23 july  2020
22:56  23 july  2020 Source:   politico.com

Federal agents deployed to Portland did not have training in riot control : NYT

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Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday announced his office is investigating the actions of DOJ law enforcement at protests in Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C., in recent months.

a group of people walking in the dark: Protesters walk through chemical irritants dispersed by federal agents in Portland at a July protest. © AP Photo/Noah Berger Protesters walk through chemical irritants dispersed by federal agents in Portland at a July protest.

Footage of law enforcement clashing with demonstrators in Portland in July and in D.C.’s Lafayette Square in June defined a summer of nationwide unrest following the police killing of George Floyd. Politicians decried the deployment of federal agents to Portland this week and the firing of chemicals into a crowd of protesters outside the White House last month.

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In a statement, Horowitz wrote that his office will work with the Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s office to investigate use of force allegations leveled against DOJ law enforcement in Portland.

The U.S. Marshals Service, a component of the Justice Department that protects federal judges and courthouses, is currently deployed in Portland along with other federal forces as part of “Operation Diligent Valor."

Videos from Portland of law enforcement dressed in combat fatigues detaining demonstrators and placing them in unmarked vans sparked national outrage last week.

Democrats Seek Probe on Police Use; Trump Pledges More to Come

  Democrats Seek Probe on Police Use; Trump Pledges More to Come House Democrats called for investigations into the use of federal police against protesters in a number of American cities, while President Donald Trump hailed the forces for combating “anarchists.” © Photographer: Ankur Dholakia/AFP via Getty Images Federal police use CS gas and pepper spray into the crowd of protestors demonstrating at the Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Oregon, on July 17, 2020. “More federal law enforcement, that I can tell you,” Trump said on Monday at the White House when asked about his response to the unrest. “In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job.

On Wednesday, Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, along with Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, requested that the DOJ and DHS OIGs investigate what they called “the unrequested presence and violent actions of recently deployed federal forces in Portland.”

The DOJ inspector general statement also announced that the watchdog is launching a wider evaluation of the DOJ and its law enforcement components’ reactions to civil unrest in both Portland and Washington, D.C. over the last two months.

“The review will include examining the training and instruction that was provided to the DOJ law enforcement personnel; compliance with applicable identification requirements, rules of engagement, and legal authorities; and adherence to DOJ policies regarding the use of less-lethal munitions, chemical agents, and other uses of force,” the statement read, adding the review was in response to congressional requests and requests from the public.

The DOJ inspector general's office will also review the response to protests in Lafayette Square on June 1, along with the Department of Interior inspector general’s office. Law enforcement cleared demonstrators outside the White House by firing chemical agents before President Donald Trump’s photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Washington state officials confirm federal officers leaving Seattle .
Washington state officials confirmed Tuesday that a federal law enforcement unit is leaving Seattle after being sent to the city to quell ongoing demonstrations there.Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) and Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said in a statement that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Border Patrol Tactical Unit has left Seattle after being deployed there "without the consultation or consent of state and local officials." "The president'sSeattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) and Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said in a statement that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Border Patrol Tactical Unit has left Seattle after being deployed there "without the consultation or consent of state and local officials.

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