Federal Officers May Be “Permanently Blinded” By Portland Protesters
The White House is claiming that at least three federal officers may have permanent injuries as a result of being deployed to Portland, Oregon in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests. The officers may have sustained retinal damage from the laser pointers shone on them by protesters, which can cause permanent blindness. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany didn’t provide any documentation to back up these claims in her daily briefing.
The controversial move to send federal officers to Portland has actually increased the violence downtown, as protesters have been unlawfully arrested by unidentified officers. Federal officers have also teargassed protesters, including the Wall of Moms. Mayor Ted Wheeler was inadvertently teargassed as well when he attempted to communicate with those who were protesting. And most famously, peaceful protester Donovan LaBella was shot in the face by a federal officer and may have permanent brain damage.
Wheeler has repeatedly denied asking for federal assistance, even as he hasn’t been able to control his own Portland Police Bureau. Fox News correspondent Judge Andrew Napolitano has called the occupation “unlawful” even as Trump is deploying more officers to more cities with Democratic mayors. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has also publicly criticized the occupancy, and both the Oregon ACLU and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum have sued the Trump Administration for the actions undertaken by his federal officers.
As the Portland protests hit Day 60, the feds continued their tactics of spraying peaceful protesters with tear gas and turning a deaf ear to any pleas for a truce. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf says the agency still has no plans to withdraw the agents from Portland or any other city they’re currently occupying.