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US Feds use tear gas to try to disperse rowdy Portland protests

16:34  25 july  2020
16:34  25 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Federal agents have used tear gas , less-lethal ammunition that left one person critically injured and other force to scatter protesters . Agents have arrested 28 people in Portland this week, including seven from Thursday night's protests , when they used tear gas to force thousands of demonstrators

— U.S. agents again used tear gas to try to disperse a large crowd of protesters outside the federal courthouse in Portland , Oregon, Friday night after As the night carried on protesters vigorously shook the fence surrounding the courthouse and shot multiple fireworks over it. A few minutes later a

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. agents again used tear gas to try to disperse a large crowd of protesters outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, Friday night after multiple fireworks were shot towards the building as raucous demonstrations continued in the city.

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Federal officers use chemical irritants and projectiles to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield United States (AP) — U.S. agents again used tear gas to try to disperse a large crowd of protesters outside the federal courthouse in Portland , Oregon, Friday night after multiple

Federal agents have used tear gas , less-lethal ammunition that left one person critically injured and other force to scatter protesters . Agents have arrested 28 people in Portland this week, including seven from Thursday night’s protests , when they used tear gas to force thousands of demonstrators

Thousands of people gathered in Portland streets hours after a U.S. judge denied Oregon’s request to restrict federal agents’ actions when they arrest people during protests that have roiled the city and pitted local officials against the Trump administration.

By 8 p.m. a few hundred people, most wearing masks and many donning helmets, had already gathered near a fountain, one spot where groups meet before marching to the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and the federal agents there. They chanted and clapped along to the sound of thunderous drums, pausing to listen to speakers.

Among various organized groups, including Healthcare Workers Protest, Teachers against Tyrants, Lawyers for Black Lives and the “Wall of Moms,” was Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who spoke to protesters outside the Justice Center.

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Federal officers use chemical irritants and projectiles to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on – U.S. agents again used tear gas to try to disperse a large crowd of protesters outside the federal courthouse in Portland , Oregon, Friday night after

Federal agents have used tear gas , less-lethal ammunition that left one person critically injured and other force to scatter protesters . Agents have arrested 28 people in Portland this week, including seven from Thursday night's protests , when they used tear gas to force thousands of demonstrators

Beginning at 9 p.m. the crowd of people, pressed shoulder to shoulder, packed the area and overflowed into the streets as they chanted "Black Lives Matter” and “Feds go home” to the sound of drums.

As the night carried on protesters vigorously shook the fence surrounding the courthouse and shot multiple fireworks over it. A few minutes later a tear gas was thrown into the crowd. More tear gas was fired a few minutes later.

The federal agents, deployed by President Donald Trump to tamp down the unrest, have arrested dozens during nightly demonstrations against racial injustice that often turn violent. Democratic leaders in Oregon say federal intervention has worsened the two-month crisis, and the state attorney general sued to allege that some people had been whisked off the streets in unmarked vehicles.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman said the state lacked standing to sue on behalf of protesters because the lawsuit was a “highly unusual one with a particular set of rules.”

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U.S. agents again used tear gas to try to disperse a large crowd of protesters that remained Saturday morning outside the federal Since federal officers arrived in downtown Portland in early July, violent protests have largely been limited to a two block radius from the courthouse.

US federal officers have again used tear gas to disperse a large crowd of protesters outside a courthouse in Portland . Portland has been rocked by almost two months of protests for racial equality and against police brutality, part of a movement that has swept the United States since the

Oregon was seeking a restraining order on behalf of its residents not for injuries that had already happened but to prevent injuries by federal officers in the future. That combination makes the standard for granting such a motion very narrow, and the state did not prove it had standing in the case, Mosman wrote.

Legal experts who reviewed the case before the decision warned that he could reject it on those grounds. A lawsuit from a person accusing federal agents of violating their rights to free speech or against unconstitutional search and seizure would have a much higher chance of success, Michael Dorf, a constitutional law professor at Cornell University, said ahead of the ruling. 

“The federal government acted in violation of those individuals’ rights and probably acted in violation of the Constitution in the sense of exercising powers that are reserved to the states, but just because the federal government acts in ways that overstep its authority doesn’t mean the state has an injury,” he said.

The clashes in Portland have further inflamed the nation’s political tensions and triggered a crisis over the limits of federal power as Trump moves to send U.S. officers to other Democratic-led cities to combat crime. It’s playing out as Trump pushes a new “law and order” reelection strategy after the coronavirus crashed the economy.

US agents use gas, flash bangs to clear Portland protesters

  US agents use gas, flash bangs to clear Portland protesters PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A night that started with a reported shooting and a bag containing loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails amid a peaceful protest morphed into an intense early morning confrontation between demonstrators and law enforcement in Oregon's largest city. U.S. agents repeatedly fired what appeared to be tear gas, flash bangs and pepper balls early Monday to clear a mass of protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland. Some protesters had climbed over the fence surrounding the courthouse, while others shot fireworks, banged on the fence and projected lights on the building.

Federal agents have used tear gas , less-lethal ammunition that left one person critically injured and other force to scatter protesters . Agents have arrested 28 people in Portland this week, including seven from Thursday night’s protests , when they used tear gas to force thousands of demonstrators

Federal agents fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse protesters gathered outside the Justice Center in Portland on Tuesday night (July 21). The clip show protesters using leaf blowers to clear the tear gas away. Filmer Austen Rustrum explained to Newsflare: "After several hours of peaceful

Protesters in Portland have been targeting the federal courthouse, setting fires outside and vandalizing the building that U.S. authorities say they have a duty to protect. Federal agents have used tear gas, less-lethal ammunition that left one person critically injured and other force to scatter protesters.

The lawsuit from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum accused federal agents of arresting protesters without probable cause and using excessive force. She sought a temporary restraining order to “immediately stop federal authorities from unlawfully detaining Oregonians.”

David Morrell, an attorney for the U.S. government, called the motion “extraordinary” and told the judge in a hearing this week that it was based solely on “a few threadbare declarations” from witnesses and a Twitter video. Morrell called the protests “dangerous and volatile.”

Rosenblum said the ramifications of the ruling were "extremely troubling."

“While I respect Judge Mosman, I would ask this question: If the state of Oregon does not have standing to prevent this unconstitutional conduct by unidentified federal agents running roughshod over her citizens, who does?" Rosenblum said in a statement. "Individuals mistreated by these federal agents can sue for damages, but they can’t get a judge to restrain this unlawful conduct more generally.”

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Before the federal intervention, Mayor Ted Wheeler and other local leaders had said a small cadre of violent activists were drowning out the message of peaceful protesters. But the Democrat, who was tear-gassed this week as he joined protesters, says the federal presence is exacerbating a tense situation and he’s repeatedly told them to leave.

Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf denied that federal agents were inflaming the situation in Portland and said Wheeler legitimized criminality by joining demonstrators, whom Trump has called “anarchists and agitators."

In the lawsuit, Oregon had asked the judge to command agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Protective Service and the U.S. Marshals Service to stop detaining protesters without probable cause, to identify themselves before arresting anyone and to explain why an arrest is taking place.

Agents have arrested 28 people in Portland this week, including seven from Thursday night's protests, when they used tear gas to force thousands of demonstrators from crowding around the courthouse. Protesters projected lasers on the building and tried to take down a security fence. They scattered as clouds of gas rose up and agents fired crowd control munitions.

The Department of Homeland Security said that during Thursday’s demonstrations one federal officer was injured and that “no injuries to protesters or rioters have been reported.”

Wolf said Tuesday that at least 43 people have been arrested on federal charges at that point.

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They face federal charges including assaulting federal officers, arson and damaging federal property, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said. All the defendants are local and were released after making a court appearance.

U.S. officers “working to protect the courthouse have been subjected to nightly threats and assaults from demonstrators while performing their duties,” according to a statement from Williams' office.

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Sara Cline reported from Salem. Cline is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues.

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Associated Press writer Andrew Selsky contributed from Salem, Oregon.

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Follow Gillian Flaccus on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gflaccus.


Video: Protesters, law enforcement clash amid attempts to break into federal courthouse in Portland (Reuters)

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf ordered an investigation into agency's intelligence unit which assembled reports on journalists in Portland.The reports focused on the reporters' use of leaked information about the agency's operations in Portland where the federal deployment was denounced by local leaders and where officers had clashed nightly with protesters.

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