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Protesters Rail Against Federal Officers’ Violent and Covert Attacks in Portland

HeadlineJul 20, 2020

In Oregon, tensions continue to flare in Portland as outrage mounts over violent attacks by militarized federal officers on antiracist protesters. The U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon on Friday filed a lawsuit and called for an investigation into unidentified federal officers who have been snatching protesters off the streets into unmarked vans and detaining them. Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are also demanding a probe, and for federal forces to be removed from the streets. The Nation is reporting Customs and Border Protection was responsible for one such arrest that was filmed and went viral last week. An internal CBP memo reviewed by The Nation says federal agents will be deployed indefinitely, in undisclosed locations.

On Saturday, a group of mothers formed what they called a “Wall of Moms” outside a federal courthouse to help shield protesters from federal officers. This is one of the protesting mothers.

Protesting mother: “Their actions are terrifying. I mean, we, as a democracy, we need to stand up. I am 60 years old. I probably shouldn’t be here in public. But this is beyond acceptable.”

The ACLU is suing the Trump administration for what it says are the unconstitutional actions of the federal agents.

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