Federal officers seriously wound Portland protester


The protests in Oregon's largest city following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have often devolved into violent clashes between smaller groups and the police.

The acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief traveled to Portland late Thursday as violent demonstrations unfolded in the OR city for the 50th consecutive night.

Protesters in Portland, Oregon are said to have threatened to torch a police station, hours after law enforcement cleared out a street encampment.

"Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the fearless law enforcement officers protecting it", he said.

As a citizen, grandmother and woman of faith, I am outraged that demonstrators find themselves to be at risk from local and federal police when they exercise their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and assembly.

Last week, Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis said an "agitator corps" of violent protesters were responsible for vandalism and chaos in the city.

"Arrests require probable cause that a federal crime had been committed, that is, specific information indicating that the person likely committed a federal offense, or a fair probability that the person committed a federal offense", Berkeley Law School professor Orin Kerr told the Washington Post. Many of those protests have slowed, but demonstrations have persisted in Portland - the famously progressive OR city - for weeks now with no signs of stopping.

Wheeler, responding to the White House press secretary's apparent targeting of Chicago and its Mayor Lori Lightfoot, referred to it as "a coordinated strategy from the White House" before once again demanding they removed their "heightened troop presence" from the city. The Portland Police Bureau is under a temporary federal court order that bans them from using tear gas unless they declare a riot.

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Democratic Gov. Kate Brown called Wolf's visit "political theater from President Trump" and said he "is looking for a confrontation in OR in the hopes of winning political points in OH OR Iowa".

Seattle's CHOP zone drew the ire of President Donald Trump, who ripped into Seattle city leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee, calling their response to the zone a "disaster".

After federal agents shot protester Donovan LaBella with an impact round, leaving him with a fractured skull and in need of cranial and facial reconstructive surgery, Sen. Less-lethal weapons can fire rubber or plastic bullets.

He was identified by Oregon Public Broadcasting as Donavan LaBella, 26. "And I had my beanie pulled over my face so I couldn't see and they held my hands over my head". We very much quelled it. Hardesty also said federal law enforcement have no place patrolling Portland's protests. "Now Trump and Chad Wolf are weaponizing the DHS as their own occupying army to provoke violence on the streets of my hometown because they think it plays well with right-wing media".

"All United States Marshals Service arrestees have public records of arrest documenting their charges", the U.S. Marshals Service told the outlet in a statement.

Ted Wheeler, the Democrat, announced on Twitter Sunday night that he spoke to US Attorney Bill Williams and learned that the agency "will conduct a full investigation".

"Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off", OPB reported.

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