Federal agents invade Portland, citing Trump's executive order protecting statues - 2020-07-17
Portland has been invaded by federal agents—including unidentified, camouflage-clad officers who have emerged from unmarked minivans to arrest protesters. These officers have reportedly refused to say what agency they work for. But their supposed authority to police Oregon's largest city and make arrests appears to rest on a June 26 executive order by President Donald Trump calling for the protection of statues, monuments, and federal property.
Black Lives Matter protests in Portland have continued this month, drawing attention from Trump, who falsely described the city as "totally out of control." Trump also threatened this week to "take over" cities he claims are suffering from crime sprees. Agents from US Marshals Service, Federal Protective Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been in Portland since early this month. But on July 14, protesters began to document instances in which armed agents wearing masks and military-style fatigues emerged from unmarked vehicles, detained protesters with no explanation, and drove away.
On Friday, a Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson said that officers from the agency, which is part of the Homeland Security Department, carried out the arrest shown in the above video. The spokesperson said: