DHS chief defends federal agents in Portland: "We will not retreat"

DHS chief defends federal agents in Portland:

DHS chief defends federal agents in Portland: "We will not retreat"

While federal police pummeled Portlanders, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a civil rights lawsuit against several federal agencies for their documented "snatching" of people off the street in unmarked cars without probable cause.

"We will continue to take the appropriate action to protect our facilities and our law enforcement officers", he said, adding that federal agents will leave Portland when the violence stops. In all the cities around the country where nihilistic mobs aren't trying to burn down symbols of our justice system, there's no enhanced presence of federal officers. But local leaders initially rejected the move to send in federal forces.

Building on the Justice Department's "Operation LeGend" in Kansas City, Missouri, the president is expected to order a surge of about 100 federal agents to each of the two new locations to address violence in those cities.

But Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said she does not want President Trump to send agents to Chicago.

He said: "They have been there three days and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time".

"We will not defund the police, we will hire more great police", President Trump said.

They've called on federal inspectors general to investigate.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf is standing by his agency's use of unmarked vehicles to take protesters off the street in Portland, effectively denying that federal officers have done anything wrong.

Ahead of Wednesday's hearing, a fence was raised around the federal courthouse, outside of which protesters and federal agents had clashed again overnight, according to the Portland police, who were not present for the altercations.

President Donald Trump has decried the demonstrations.

One prominent Republican, Sen.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said: "There is no place for federal troops or unidentified federal agents rounding people up at will".

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday denounced the use of federal agents against protesters, saying, "We can not give up liberty for security". It details some of the most egregious incidents in Portland.

And Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced an amendment to the defense spending bill that would limit the use of federal law enforcement officers for crowd control.

News that federal officers may be deployed to Albuquerque circulated social media Tuesday. But it seemed to many like the US had created a secret police force, and it drew lawsuits as well as more protesters into the streets.

Pictures and videos show the women forming a human chain to protect protesters.

Protesters there have been staging nightly demonstrations since May in a section of downtown that includes the federal courthouse, forcing most businesses in the zone to close.

On Monday night, there were seven arrests, said Federal Protective Service Deputy Director of Operations Richard Cline.

While the protests are generally peaceful, there have been moments of violence late at night and in the early hours of the morning.

"They are sharply escalating the situation".

Walsh called the Portland deployment "a political ploy by the president".

"They're not wanted here. We can't let this happen to the city".

But if the police department is truly anxious about public safety in the fight to retain the bulk of its funding, where is that same concern in the face of an unfettered federal occupation that has demonstrably led to less safety in Portland?

Perhaps these officers should be more clearly identified, but there's no case whatsoever for calling them, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has, "stormtroopers" who are "kidnapping protestors". "The only people federal agents will be removing from the street are those they arrest in the course of their investigations of violent crimes". But smaller groups of up to several hundred people have vandalized federal property and local law enforcement buildings, at times setting fires to police precincts and smashing windows.

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