Trump Sued By ACLU Over Use Of Federal Officers In Portland
The ACLU of Oregon is taking the Trump administration to court over its use of federal officers in the city of Portland. The unidentified officers are reportedly taking Black Lives Matter protesters secretly off the streets and detaining them without probable cause. The officers are known to be from the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshall Service. The interim legal director for the ACLU of Oregon, Kelly Simon, released a statement on Friday addressing the matter. She said, “This is a fight to save our democracy. Under the direction of the Trump administration, federal agents are terrorizing the community, risking lives, and brutally attacking protesters demonstrating against police brutality. This is police escalation on top of police escalation.” Simon also said, “These federal agents must be stopped and removed from our city. We will continue to bring the full firepower of the ACLU to bear until this lawless policing ends.”
The lawsuit filed by the ACLU is on behalf of both, legal observers, and reporters who have suffered assaults at the hands of the unidentified federal officers and is designed to “block federal law enforcement from dispersing, arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force against journalists or legal observers.” Matthew Lewis-Rolland, a freelance photographer was assaulted with impact munitions while at a recent protest.
A staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, Vera Eidelman, said, “what is happening in Portland is an unconstitutional nightmare.” She added, “This is not law and order. This is lawlessness. The ACLU will not let the government respond to protests against police brutality with still more brutality. We will continue to hold law enforcement at all levels of government accountable, just as we have nationwide.”
It is believed that the federal police have been active in Portland since July 14.