WATCH: Portland Protesters Rounded Up By Unidentified Forces; Leadership Asks Feds To Leave
Videos show protestors in Portland, Oregon, being placed in unmarked vans by camouflaged, uniformed agents without ID tags. Tear gas and flash-bang devices have been employed.
In the Now This video below, you can see Donald Trump boasting about the militant response to protests, as well as individuals protesting as they’re dragged off the street by people in camouflage, into unmarked vehicles.
Alarming footage shows militarized federal agents pulling a Portland protester off the street and loading them into an unmarked minivan pic.twitter.com/SheWil7VjP
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 17, 2020
Individuals have captured video of journalists being arrested, tear gas being deployed, and a protestor being knocked off his bicycle by federal officers.
Portland, OR: Police handcuff journalist, remove badge and belongs while she throws up from tear gas exposure. This is clear violation of freedom of the press. Please share. #portland pic.twitter.com/4KfRI9NfKw
— FthemKids (@FthemK) July 17, 2020
Unidentifiable militarized agents are arresting people, and putting them in unmarked vehicles.#Portland is trending #2. Make it number 1.
— Southern Sister Resister (@ResisterSis20) July 17, 2020
WATCH – Portland Police officers knock a protester off of his bicycle and arrest him outside of Lownsdale Square Park near the Federal Courthouse downtown #Gestapo #NaziTrump #Portland #FascistTrump pic.twitter.com/ixoAsRrJDR
— Biden_Brigade (@biden_brigade) July 17, 2020
According to the New York Times, local leadership believes the militant Federal presence is making things worse. Governor Kate Brown has called it a blatant abuse of power, and Portland police commissioner and Mayor Ted Wheeler has called the Federal takeover irresponsible and asked the forces to leave the city. Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese has also said the actions of Federal forces are setting back efforts to reduce tensions.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf has responded to these requests for Federal forces to leave the jurisdiction, appearing on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to say that he supports law enforcement but will not be complying with requests from local law enforcement to back off and leave it to the local leadership to handle things as they see fit.
Chad Wolf, *acting* director of DHS, went on the Hannity show to paint protesters in Portland as “violent anarchists” and said he is deploying federal police to crack down on graffiti and broken windows even though he was asked by city officials to leave. #FascistTrump pic.twitter.com/A5Q5nxPNUC
— Resist Programming 🛰 (@RzstProgramming) July 17, 2020
Donald Trump has spoken out vehemently against protests, threatening to have Antifa officially named as a terrorist organization, and warning of a ten-year prison sentence for anyone who removes a confederate monument.