US federal agents once again used tear gas after firing toward the building during a Black Leave Matter demonstration to disperse a large crowd of protesters outside federal court in the city of Portland, Oregon State.
Thousands gathered on the streets of Portland Friday night after a US judge denied a request to restrict the actions of Oregon’s federal agents, who roamed the city and piled local officials against the Trump administration.
A few hundred people, most wearing masks and several donning helmets, gathered near a fountain before marching to the Hotfield Federal Courthouse, where federal agents were stationed.
Starting at 9:00 (04:00 GMT on Saturday), the crowd shook shoulder-to-shoulder, packed the area and swept the streets as they chanted “Black Lives Matter” and “Feds Home” to the sound of drums .
As night approached, protesters shook the fence surrounding the court and fired several fireworks at it. Later, tear gas was thrown into the crowd by federal agents deployed by President Donald Trump to defuse the unrest.
Agents have been arrested dozens of times during demonstrations against racial injustice that often turn violent.
The clashes in Portland have further heightened the nation’s political tensions and caused a crisis at the borders of federal power as Trump moves to send US officials to other democratic-led cities under his new “law and order” Huh. The coronavirus caused the economy to collapse.
Democratic leaders in Oregon say federal intervention worsened the two-month crisis, and the state’s attorney general alleged in his lawsuit that some people had traveled on the roads without vehicles.
US District Judge Michael Mosman said the state lacked standing to prosecute on behalf of protesters because the trial was “highly unusual with a particular set of rules”.
Oregon was seeking a restraining order on behalf of its residents; Not for injuries that were already there, but to prevent injuries by future federal authorities.
Mossman wrote that this combination makes the standard for making such a proposal too narrow, and the state did not prove that it stood in the case.
The legal experts who reviewed the case before the decision warned the judge that they could dismiss the case.
“The federal government acted in violation of the rights of those individuals and probably violated the constitution and used those powers reserved for the states, but only because the federal government acted in ways that its right There are not more. There is an injury in the state, “said Michael Dorf, a constitutional law professor at Cornell University.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, a Democrat who shed tears this week as he joined the protesters, said the federal presence is exacerbating the tense situation and has repeatedly asked him to leave.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf denied that federal agents were instigating the situation in Portland and said Wheeler legitimized criminality by joining protesters, which Trump has called “anarchist and agitator.”