"The fact that you're going to call any law enforcement, whether it's "stormtroopers, ' we've heard them referred to as "thugs" or 'Gestapo" - that is absolutely absurd", he said.
Before Wednesday, mayoral staff members were split on whether Wheeler should attend alone or with a group of city and community leaders, whether his appearance would agitate the crowd or be seen as an attempt to distract from the message of local police reform and whether it would be safe for him to be there.
Matthew Borden, pro bono counsel for the ACLU Foundation of OR and partner at BraunHagey & Borden LLP, said Thursday that "this injunction is a critical protection for journalists and legal observers exercising their fundamental right to record and observe police activities at these important protests, and it's a victory for the nation's right to receive a full account of these events".
Portland Mayor Wheeler, a Democrat, has called the intervention an abuse of federal power and said it was escalating the violence.
Wheeler stood at the front of the line, in a surgical mask and goggles, and began to cough, a Reuters reporter said. He held his nose and closed his eyes amid clouds of gas and fireworks exploding nearby.
Mr. Horowitz will focus on the Justice Department officers deployed, but he said he's coordinating with the inspector general at Homeland Security.Читайте также: 'Top Gun: Maverick' release date pushed to 2021 amid coronavirus concerns
Wheeler has previously called for the withdrawal of federal officers from the north-western U.S. city, accusing them of dangerously escalating the situation with abusive and unconstitutional tactics against protestors. Wheeler walked over from City Hall with several employees of G4S, which contracts with the city to provide security at City Hall, on the advice of staff. Wheeler arrived at the federal courthouse around 9:15 p.m. City Hall is about two blocks away. They're not properly trained to be here.
Horowitz said he's been asked to investigate by Congress, his office has received direct complaints, and the USA attorney in OR also asked for a probe into the situation. "We're demanding that the federal government stop occupying our city", he said. Law enforcement officers have been attacked, doxed and possibly blinded by lasers wielded by rioters as they protect property such as the Hatfield federal courthouse.
One demonstrator asked him if he was willing to abolish the police, to which he replied "no", and was loudly booed by many.
Ignoring the pushback, Wheeler told those out gathered outside the courthouse that he wanted to "thank the thousands of you who have come out to oppose the Trump administration's occupation of this city".
Before the riot was declared, Portland police said "multiple flares and other incendiaries" were thrown over the fence surrounding the courthouse, which resulted in fires.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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