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Alleged civil liberty violations by federal agents in Portland must be investigated

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Alleged civil liberty violations by federal agents in Portland must be investigated

07.21.20 12:15 PM

Law enforcement and other public officials play a dual role in the criminal justice system: ensuring our communities are safe while protecting the constitutional rights of citizens. The deployment of federal agents to quell a violent faction of protests in Portland, Oregon, has raised questions on both fronts. “Peaceful protest, free expression, and free assembly are foundational rights for all Americans, as well as essential catalysts for progress,” said Americans for Prosperity’s David Voorman. “America has real injustices to confront, and they are best overcome through peaceful means. We condemn the violence and destruction of property that Portland and other cities have endured. But we also strongly believe that violence cannot be a justification to shut down peaceful rallies or harass peaceful protestors.” What’s happening in Portland highlights the need for greater transparency and accountability. Federal agents in unmarked vehicles and wearing minimal identification have picked up protestors off the streets. Oregon’s attorney general filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Federal Protective Service alleging protestors’ civil rights had been violated because they were detained without probable cause. The U.S. attorney for Oregon has asked for an […]

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