Portland Bans Police from Assisting Federal Law Enforcement
Resolution was unanimously passed on Wednesday
Portland City Council has banned the Portland Police Bureau from assisting federal law enforcement after a resolution was unanimously passed on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly accused President Donald Trump of “attempting to use Portland as a proving ground for fascism.”
The resolution blocks local and federal law enforcement from cooperating with each other.
Local police officers now face disciplinary actions if they “provide, requests, or willingly receives operational support from militarized federal forces.”
“Not only is the Trump administration violating the constitutional rights of Portlanders, but they are also attempting to use Portland as a proving ground for fascism, and they plan to invade cities across the country, cities that are political targets of the President,” Commissioner Eudaly said.
“This resolution serves as a statement of our opposition to their presence in our city, direction to our police bureau, a template for policies that other cities can advance, and a national call to action,” she added.
According to Oregon Live:
The ban on coordinating with federal officers cites “an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by the federal government” as reason to discipline any Portland police member if they provide, request or willingly receive operational support from any agency or employee representing the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal Service, Federal Protective Service, Customs and Border Protection or any other federal service while they are occupying the city.
The other policy condemns intentional targeting of press members and legal observers who are documenting police conduct during the protests unless city officers have reasonable suspicion that they have committed a crime. A federal judge in Portland has already ordered credentialed journalists and legal observers be exempt from arrest or threat of arrest by Portland police after officers have issued an “unlawful assembly” or “riot” declaration.
The commissioner called on Americans to back the council’s move and stand against Trump's assistance, regardless of the violent acts of lawlessness in the city.
I want to make something clear—I stand in solidarity with protesters defending Black lives, demanding racial justice, and the transformation of our justice system, but whether you agree with the protesters or not, if you believe in the constitution of the United States, you must oppose the actions of this President and the violent suppression of individuals exercising their constitutional rights.
Last week, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler told Trump to “keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city."
"This is part of the core media strategy out of Trump’s White House: to use federal troops to bolster his sagging polling data."And it is an absolute abuse of federal law enforcement officials.”
As Neon Nettle reported, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Marshals Service for allegedly violating the rights of legal observers and journalists.
Earlier this month, federal police began to round up rioters on the streets of Portland in unmarked vehicles.
The Trump administration's said they would “quell” the violence in the city and have now seemed to have followed through the promise.
Videos emerged online of the armed feds, dressed in camo, pulling over next to protesters, and whisking them away in minivans.
Take these terrorists off the streets and disappear them for months. Oh if only. pic.twitter.com/NYW7qKCXSw— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 15, 2020