Police State/Civil Liberties

Constitutional law experts see federal officers’ actions in Portland as a ‘red flag’

One thing that Trumpists and “conservative” cop-lovers should remember is that the ongoing expansion of the police state by each successive President will eventually be inherited by someone like future President Kamala Harris.

By Gillian Flaccus

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officers’ actions at protests in Oregon’s largest city, done without local authorities’ consent, are raising the prospect of a constitutional crisis — one that could escalate as weeks of demonstrations find renewed focus in clashes with camouflaged, unidentified agents outside Portland’s U.S. courthouse.

State and local authorities, who did not ask for federal help, are awaiting a ruling in a federal lawsuit filed late last week by state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. She said in court papers that masked federal officers have arrested people off the street, far from the courthouse, with no probable cause — and whisked them away in unmarked cars.

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