As civil unrest continues to simmer here in the United States, protesters and agitators alike have been squaring off against any number of local and federal authorities.
In the nation’s capital, for instance, there were roaming patrols of Capitol Police, DC Police, National Guard troops, and more. One alarming trend, however has been the use of badge-less, paramilitary forces who refuse to identify themselves – something that we first saw in Washington DC some weeks ago, but have now spread to areas such as Portland, Oregon.
After several protesters complained of these “secret police” forces snatching up protesters, the outcry began.
Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, called the recent arrests “flat-out unconstitutional” in a statement shared with The Post.
“Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping,” Carson said. “Protesters in Portland have been shot in the head, swept away in unmarked cars, and repeatedly tear gassed by uninvited and unwelcome federal agents. We won’t rest until they are gone.”
These military-garbed, anonymous enforcers have been taking protesters in unmarked vans to holding cells in Portland, where they are later read their rights by uniformed, identifiable officers of the law.
DHS was defiant in regard to the criticisms.
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf acknowledged that local and state officials wanted federal authorities to “pack up and go home.”
However, he said: “That’s just not gonna happen on my watch.” Instead, he said federal law enforcement, including officers and agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agencies, would continue to patrol the streets of Portland.
The US Marshal Service has repeatedly refused to comment on the status of these anonymous officers, casting a pall of doubt over the legality and morality of their actions.
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