Trump says he may send federal law enforcement to NYC

Среда, 22 Июл, 2020

In a statement on Monday responding to Trump's suggestion that he could send more federal forces to Philadelphia, Krasner invoked his father and uncles who "served in World War II to fight we would not have an American president brutalizing and kidnapping Americans for exercising their constitutional rights".

On Monday, the USA attorney in Kansas City said federal agents making arrests as part of a new operation to reduce violent crime will be clearly identifiable and will not resemble the operation playing out in Portland.

Top Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli told CNN that the officers were deployed to Portland after July 4 upon receiving "locally generated" intelligence on "planned attacks" on federal buildings.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a former Kansas City mayor, said the mayors' concerns about the federal intervention are well-justified based on the reports from Portland.

The Trump administration has cited the president's June 26 executive order to protect federal property and statues to justify the situation in Portland.

"We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it", President Trump tweeted Sunday. "What's happening here is we have dozens, if not hundreds of federal troops, descending upon our city".

"Because we're not going to let NY and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these - Oakland is a mess". "At the end of the day, we're going to do our job".

REPORTER ASKING OFF-CAMERA: (unintelligible) federal law enforcement to these cities?

Mr Trump deployed the personnel to the U.S. west coast city two weeks ago to quell the civil unrest.

Officers used tear gas and projectiles to move the crowd after some protesters tore down a fence fronting the courthouse.

In the past week, tensions between protesters and these officers has escalated, and local leaders have called for the federal personnel to leave the city. We haven't asked them here.

On Sunday afternoon, leaders of the Portland Police Association (the PPB union) spoke outside their boarded-up headquarters, demanding a "moratorium" to the protests and asking demonstrators to have a conversation with them instead.

The officers are part of a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unit made up of people from the US Marshals Service and Customs and Border Protection.

The protesters later lit a fire at about 1:30 a.m. Monday within the portico of the courthouse, said Portland police.

Sending federal officers to local communities is "wholly inconsistent with our system of democracy and our most basic values", the mayors wrote in a letter sent Monday to U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Some DHS officials said that the agents had just enough training to be deployed but did not seem to want to speak to the suggestion that their deployment could become the norm. The agents will reportedly assist other federal law enforcement officers and Chicago police in fighting crime. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot frequently blasts Trump on Twitter. I spent a lot of time yesterday talking with the mayor or Portland to get a sense of what has happened there.

Protesters outside Portland's USA courthouse set a fire in the building's entryway early Monday, part of yet another night of conflict with federal agents who repeatedly tear-gassed the demonstrators to drive them away, officials said.

"We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can't socially distance. All I wanted to do was ask them why?"