July 29, 2021

Unidentified federal agents in camo and rented minivans are grabbing people off Portland’s streets

President Trump has sent an unknown number of federal agents to Portland, Oregon, ostensibly to project federal property amid weeks of protests against racism and police brutality. But federal officers “are also detaining people on Portland streets who aren’t near federal property, nor is it clear that all of the people being arrested have engaged in criminal activity,” OPB reported Thursday evening. One civil rights lawyer, Juan Chavez, described the federal tactics as “like stop and frisk meets Guantanamo Bay” and “more like abduction” than lawful arrest.

“Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14,” OPB reports. “Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off.”

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