Fresh violence in Portland as police fire tear gas on protesters

Fresh violence in Portland as police fire tear gas on protesters

The agents were injured during a confrontation on Monday evening as a 1,000 person crowd of protesters came up to a federal courthouse, according to Fox News.

Beginning at 9pm (04:00 GMT on Saturday), the crowd pressed shoulder to shoulder, packed the area and overflowed into the streets as they chanted "Black Lives Matter" and "Feds go home" to the sound of drums. President Donald Trump said he sent federal agents to Portland to halt the unrest but state and local officials say they are making the situation worse.

Earlier, protesters who spoke to AFP complained of the federal agents' presence in the city and voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which helped drive demonstrations across the country for weeks after Floyd's killing.

Democratic leaders in OR say federal intervention has worsened the two-month crisis, and the state attorney general alleged in his lawsuit that some people had been whisked off the streets in unmarked vehicles.

"I find the State of OR lacks standing here and therefore deny its request for a temporary restraining order", Judge Michael W. Mosman wrote in his ruling.

She sought a temporary restraining order to "immediately stop federal authorities from unlawfully detaining Oregonians".

The judge in that case, Judge Michael Simon, ordered federal agents to cease arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force against journalists and legal observers.

The ruling probably means the end of the lawsuit and could make it harder for local officials elsewhere to resist deployments of federal agents, said Stanford Law School professor David Sklansky.

Nathan Howard/Getty Images Federal officers deploy tear gas and less-lethal munitions while dispersing a crowd in Portland on July 24.

By 2:30 am police and federal agents were clearing the scene outside the courthouse with tear gas, pushing protesters back. With less than four months until Election Day, Mr. Trump has been taking up the "law and order" mantle, warning that the violence will worsen if his Democratic rival Joe Biden wins in November. "Individuals mistreated by these federal agents can sue for damages, but they can't get a judge to restrain this unlawful conduct more generally". "There's at least some reason to suggest that what's happening may not be justification for execution of federal authority", he says.

On Friday, thousands of protesters gathered outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse and Justice Center.

Wheeler, who was tear-gassed as he joined protesters this week, has faced opposition from all sides, for not bringing the protests under control before federal officers arrived and for standing by as Portland police used tear gas and other tactics.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit on July 17 against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Protection Service and their agents.

"It's extremely painful", he said.

The accuracy of these reports has been disputed by acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, who says the federal officers wear multi-camouflage that have insignia that read "Police" and that the operations only target and arrest individuals who have been identified as committing criminal acts.

"Peaceful demonstrations that have been taking place in cities in the U.S., such as Portland, really must be able to continue without those participating in them. risking arbitrary arrest or detention, being subject to unnecessary, disproportionate or discriminatory use of force, or suffering other violations of their rights", Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said on Friday.

Wheeler's appearance in the protest zone came hours after state attorneys for OR urged another judge to issue a restraining order against the federal agents. Charges included assaulting federal officers, arson and damaging federal property, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said.

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