Portland protestors, Wall of Moms sue Trump administration

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USAtoday.com reports: ”SEATTLE — Days after a legal effort by the state of Oregon failed, protesters, sued the Trump administration Monday to rein in what they describe as an out-of-control response by federal agents to demonstrations in Portland.”

“The nonprofit Protect Democracy filed the lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of several individual protesters as well as the anti-racist organization Don’t Shoot Portland and Wall of Moms, a group of mothers who have sought to insert themselves between protesters and police despite being blasted with tear gas.”

“The complaint argues that while federal law allows federal officials to protect federal property, the heavily militarized agents who have responded in Portland have gone far beyond simply protecting property. Instead, it said, they have repeatedly fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades at the crowds in an effort to quell the protests in violation of the Constitution.”

“The intent of the administration’s deployment of federal agents in Portland appears to be to stifle speech the president doesn’t like,” Protect Democracy lawyer Deana El-Mallawany said in a news release. “It’s important to check this unlawful administration policy now before it is allowed to spread to other cities across the U.S.”

The complaint accuses President Donald Trump of trying to create a federal domestic police force. Trump has announced he will also send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to fight rising crime, despite objections from leaders there. Portland has had nightly protests for two months since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May. Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to halt the unrest, but state and local officials said their presence has inflamed tensions and they have asked them to leave.”

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