Feds Vowed to Quell Unrest in Portland. Local Leaders Are Telling Them to Leave.

Portland Protests: Local Leaders Urging Feds to Leave

Sergio Olmos and Mike Baker at The New York Times:

Federal agents dressed in camouflage and tactical gear have taken to the streets of Portland in unmarked vans, seizing and detaining protesters and unleashing tear gas in what Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon has called “a blatant abuse of power.”

Since their arrival with the goal of tamping down persistent unrest, federal officers have shot one protester in the head with an apparent impact munition, leaving the man with severe head injuries and producing the image of blood dripping on Portland’s streets.

One of the people detained, Mark Pettibone, said in an interview that an unmarked vehicle stopped right in front of him around 2 a.m. on Wednesday and four people in camouflage jumped out. Given the lack of markings or identification, he had no idea who they were.

186 days until the end of Trump’s term. I’m not sure the US can survive that long.

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