President Donald Trump has ordered 175 additional law enforcement officers to work in cities where protesters and police have clashed.
Trump confirmed the dispatch of the federal police on Monday as he defended the decision to use law enforcement agencies in Portland despite the howling of local officials – and promised to curb other cities he described as "out of control."
Trump was asked on Monday about reports about the deployment of the additional 175 troops – and the dispute, but not about the number itself.
"Well, it depends on how you define" troops, "" Trump said. "I mean we're sending law enforcement agencies."
The Chicago Tribune reported that 150 of the agents are traveling to Chicago, according to a plan drawn up by Department of Homeland Security officials. According to reports, they are agents of Homeland Security Investigations.
Local officials have complained that local agents in tense situations are not as well trained in de-escalating situations and in dealing with demonstrators as local police officers who interact with the community on a daily basis.
According to an HSI website, her agents are tackling a variety of crimes, including "drug and arms smuggling / trafficking" and "transnational gang activities".
Media in Oakland, California reported that federal troops might be on the way there after Trump also mentioned the city as one of the hempfuls he believes are out of control.
"The answer is no and we would reject it," replied California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsome.
The president described the people on the streets of Portland as "anarchists" and said they were "not demonstrators" the day after federal officials gasified a group of mothers who protested as part of a Black Lives Matter demonstration.
& # 39; Portland was completely out of control. The Democrats – all the Liberal Democrats who run the place – had no idea what they were doing, "Trump said in the White House, defending the use of federal powers, and presenting a plan for further operations.
"I'll do something – I can tell you that," President Donald Trump said Monday, defending federal officials in Portland and promising to take action in New York and Chicago
He praised how law enforcement dealt with the situation and promised further action.
"I'll do something – I can tell you that," Trumps said before naming several cities under democratic control that also have large black populations.
"Because we're not going to allow New York and Chicago and Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore and all of that – Oakland is a mess," Trump said. "We won't allow this in our country. All Liberal Democrats," Trump said.
Trump's comments alternated between street protests, street crime in cities like New York and Chicago, leftist rule, and what he called "corruption." He ended his remarks with a slam against democratic rival Joe Biden – the subject of a new Trump campaign that sees him as unable to stop street anarchy.
& # 39; The extent of corruption. What was going on there was incredible, «Trump said. And then the governor comes, we don't need any help, ”said Trump.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has spoken out against the use of federal law enforcement agencies, saying that this has increased tensions and increased the burden on local law enforcement agencies. She compared it to adding gasoline to a fire.
& # 39; you snap them. A lot of people in prison. They are leaders, ”Trump said of the agents, including the DEA Swat teams. & # 39; These are anarchists. These are not demonstrators. People say demonstrators. They are anarchists. These are people who hate our country. And we won't let it. "
“We're also looking at Chicago. We're looking to New York. Look at what's going on, "said Trump. & # 39; All led by Democrats. All led by very liberal Democrats. All really led by radical leftists. & # 39;
Trump referred to New York governor Andrew Cuomo and said, “So the governor has to do something about it. But if the governor won't do anything about it, we'll do something about it.
Trump complained that the NYPD – there are over 30,000 officials – is "prevented from doing anything".
Trump also attacked state and local officials who say they don't want the federal action. & # 39; The governor and the mayor and the senators out there. You are afraid of these people. That's why they don't want us to help them, "Trump said. He repeated the point, saying that they" might even be physically afraid of these people. "
Trump earlier resisted the protests when it became known that the Secret Service took the President to a bunker under the White House one night, in which there were attacks on businesses near the White House and a fire in the rectory of St. John & # 39; s Church was nearby.
He called the Chicago violence, which involved 63 weekend shootouts, "far worse than Afghanistan."
“If Biden got in, it would be true for the country. The whole country would go to hell. And we won't let it go to hell, "Trump concluded.
The Chicago police released tear gas on Friday night and attacked demonstrators after trying to tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus and throw fireworks at officers.
At least four protesters were injured after chaos broke out in Grant Park when hundreds of protesters gathered around the Columbus statue and used graffiti to destroy it.
The demonstrators fireworked at the police, who guarded the statue to push it back before tying the memorial with ropes and trying to pull it down.
CBS reported that at least a dozen people were arrested. Injuries were also suffered.
Federal agents gassed a group of mothers who, during a Black Lives Matter demonstration at the weekend, formed a "wall of mothers" to protect the demonstrators when the mayor of Oregon's largest city ordered officials to leave.
There, protesters complained that other demonstrators were arrested and taken away in unmarked cars. The police called it an uprising after protesters set fire to the Portland Police Association building and fireworks were fired in other buildings.
There have been almost two months of nighttime protests in Portland since George Floyd died under the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25.
While most of the protests remained peaceful, fires were set up in dumpsters near the city courthouse and the walls of the building were blurred.
President Donald Trump had previously vowed to protect federal property from destruction and called on his government to send federal agents to suppress demonstrations.
But on Saturday, horrific photos show how the same agents gas a crowd in tears, including a group of mothers who peacefully protested in Portland.
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Federal agents gasify a group of mothers in tears (pictured after being gassed on Saturday night) who formed a "wall of mothers" during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Saturday to protect the demonstrators
The agents used tear gas and lightning strikes to disperse the mothers, who were on Saturday night protesting the & # 39; Wall of Moms & # 39; attended
The women had formed a human shield between protesters and law enforcement officers before a federal court, put on bicycle helmets and linked weapons
They carried signs saying "Angry Mama Bär BLM" and "Leave our children alone" while they sang: "Mothers are here, the government remains clear"
The agents used tear gas and lightning to disperse the mothers who took part in the protest against the wall of the mothers.
The women had formed a human shield between protesters and law enforcement officers before a federal court, put on bicycle helmets and linked weapons.
They carried signs saying "Angry Mama Bär BLM" and sang "Mothers are here, the government remains clear".
According to Melanie Damm, unidentified federal officials in military equipment fired tear gas canisters into the group of mothers, most of whom were dressed in white.
& # 39; The scale of violence escalated by these GI soldiers was such an overreaction. You see mothers gassed to tears, ”said Damm, a 39-year-old mother herself.
"We are not young and look like Antifa," she said, referring to more militant anti-fascism protesters.
And despite tear gas, the mothers showed up until the protest on Sunday evening.
According to Melanie Damm, unidentified federal officials fired tear gas canisters into the group of mothers in military equipment (pictured at the beginning of the protest on Saturday).
They carried signs saying "Angry Mama Bär BLM" and sang "Mothers are here, the government remains clear".
Despite tear gas on Saturday, the group of mothers (pictured) showed up in yellow clothes until the protest on Sunday evening
They kept their shields, locked their weapons and sang for justice and for the federal agents to leave their city
The mothers were back in action on Sunday evening. Some were seen with signs that read "Mom 4 Justice" and "George Floyd called ALL MAMAS".
On Sunday evening, a group of around 50 mothers again formed a “wall of mothers” to protect the demonstrators.
Photos show the women, mostly wearing yellow and closed arms, holding signs that read "George Floyd called ALL MOMAS" and "Silence is Violence".
At some point during the protest on Sunday evening, the mothers started playing line dance together on a drum beat.
Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler spoke about the state of the CNN Union and said federal officials are not welcome here. We didn't ask them here. In fact, we want them to go. & # 39;
Trump has condemned the Portland demonstrations and homeland security minister Chad Wolf has beaten the demonstrators as "lawless anarchists" during a visit to the city on Thursday.
"We are trying to help Portland without hurting it," Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Their leadership has lost control of the anarchists and agitators for months. They are missing in action. We need to protect federal property and our people. They weren't just demonstrators, that's the real deal! & # 39;
The group of mothers held signs during the protest on Sunday evening, in which around 1,500 people took part
At some point during the protest on Sunday evening, the mothers started playing line dance together on a drum beat
A mother wears a shirt labeled "Good Problems," a greeting to civil rights icon John Lewis, who passed away on Friday after losing his fight against cancer at the age of 80
In a statement, the authorities said that tear gas was used on demonstrators after some demonstrators broke into a building on Saturday evening, set it on fire and started dumpster fires.
The fire in the Portland Police Association building was extinguished a short time later, the Portland police said on Twitter.
The department declared the assembly to be an uprising and began to clear the city center.
When the crowd dispersed, several people were arrested in the crowd and the officers were able to extinguish the fire. The Portland police have not used CS gas, ”the office said in an early Sunday statement.
A group of demonstrators wears masks during a Sunday demonstration
Federal officials emerge from the barricaded entrance to Mark O. Hatfield's federal court as protesters demand that the agents "get out".
A line of fire from federal officials hired demonstrators from outside the federal court on Sunday
During a massive protest before the Federal Supreme Court on Sunday, a woman is seen holding a sign that reads “Black Lives Matter”
According to pictures and videos from the scene, tear gas was used, but it was not necessarily CS gas.
Fences that had been placed around the federal court had also been removed and turned into barricades by demonstrators, the police tweeted.
Police said protesters gathered at the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct on Saturday night to destroy patrol cars and mock officials when they reported to work.
Later, when the police dispersed a group that had gathered near North Interstate Avenue, people threw stones and colored balloons at the officers. Some were injured, the statement said.
Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler (pictured) spoke about the state of the CNN Union and said federal officials are not welcome here. We didn't ask them here. In fact, we want them to go. & # 39;
Ongoing protests against police brutality on Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (Michael Arellano for DailyMail.com)
Demonstrators topple the barricades in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal court on Sunday
Protesters sing: hands up! don't shoot! & # 39; during a demonstration in Portland on Sunday evening
Protesters are drenched in tear gas and smoke as federal officials disperse the crowd at Mark O. Hatfield's federal court on Sunday evening
Federal officials meet protesters on a block west of Mark O. Hatfield Federal Court on Sunday
Wheeler and other local authorities had become frustrated with the aggressive language and actions of federal officials, saying that a small squad of violent activists drowned out the message from peaceful demonstrators in the city.
But Wheeler said the federal presence in the city is now exacerbating a tense situation.
"What we're seeing is an obvious abuse of police tactics by the federal government," said Wheeler on Sunday.
The Attorney General of Oregon, Ellen Rosenblum, sued the homeland security agency and marshal service before a federal court late Friday.
The complaint states that unidentified federal agents grabbed people off the streets of Portland "without warning or explanation, without an arrest warrant, and without the ability to determine who led the action."
The crackdown in the liberal city has led to widespread criticism and legal challenges when videos of officers without clear identification with violence and unmarked vehicles appeared to arrest protesters without explanation (incident pictured).
Throughout the recorded exchange, federal agents never reveal what triggered the arrest or why the unidentified man was detained
The two federal agents take the demonstrator to an unmarked gray minivan and drive away (picture)
ACLU files lawsuit against DHS after federal agents are dispatched to Portland to suppress demonstrations
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday after federal agents were deployed to Portland, Oregon.
The ACLU said it had filed a lawsuit for "unconstitutional" arrests.
“When we see people in unmarked cars violently grabbing someone off the street, we usually call it kidnapping – what is happening now in Portland should affect everyone in the United States.
"These measures are absolutely unconstitutional and will not go unanswered," the organization wrote.
Kelly Simon, interim legal director at ACLU of Oregon, added, "This is a struggle to save our democracy."
Simon added: “These federal agents must be stopped and removed from our city. We will continue to use the full firepower of the ACLU until this lawless police work ends. & # 39;
The ACLU also filed a lawsuit against the US Marshals Service and the Portland Police, who are accused of unfairly attacking journalists and legal watchers in protests that have continued.
If they were won, federal agents would be subject to far more restrictions than they are now.
The authorities would be prohibited from arresting journalists or legal observers, threatening to arrest them or using physical violence unless it is "well known" that the person has committed a crime.
Rosenblum said she was seeking an injunction to "immediately stop the federal authorities from illegally arresting Oregonians."
However, federal officials and Portland police simultaneously went to protesters to clear the streets early Saturday and made arrests when demonstrators threw bottles and metal fences.
The action by the Portland Police Department was condemned by Jo Ann Hardesty, a prominent member of the city council.
Hardesty said on Saturday that the local police "had joined the aggressive crackdown on peaceful protests."
She also hit Wheeler and told the mayor that he needed better control over local law enforcement.
Hardesty, who oversees the city's fire department and other first responders, said in an open letter to Wheeler that if you can't control the police, give me the Portland Police Bureau.
Despite the lawsuits and tactics used by federal agents, U.S. Homeland Security officials said on Monday that they did not intend to retire to Portland.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), law enforcement agencies have been sent to Portland to guard the U.S. government's facilities after receiving information about planned July 4th attacks.
& # 39; The DHS will not escape our responsibility. We're not escalating, we're protecting, ”Wolf told Fox News.
Around 1,500 demonstrators gathered in front of the federal court on Sunday evening.
After demonstrators began to tear down parts of a large steel fence that had been built around the courthouse, federal officials threw lightning strikes from the front of the courthouse.
Tear gas canisters followed, filling the square in front of the courthouse and forcing most of the crowd away. The tear gas continued temporarily after midnight.
Earlier Monday, Portland police reported that federal agents had used tear gas to disperse the crowd and put out a fire that had been lit in a courthouse portico.
Wolf said the federal law enforcement agencies were doing their job. "We won't apologize for that," he said. "We will do it professionally and correctly."
The crackdown in the liberal city has generated widespread criticism and legal challenges when videos of officers without clear identification documents using violence and unmarked vehicles appeared to arrest protesters without explanation.
Ken Cuccinelli, deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said Monday that federal officials were wearing the same uniforms every day and the crowd knew who they were. He also defended the use of unmarked cars as a routine.
"Unmarked police vehicles are so common that it's hardly worth discussing," he told CNN.
Cuccinelli said that if federal agencies received the same type of intelligence threat elsewhere, they would respond the same way. "It's really that simple," he said.
Cuccinelli also refused calls from local guides to leave the city. "We will maintain our presence," he said.
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