Judge blocks United States agents from arresting observers in Portland

Saturday, 25 Jul, 2020

"They're not wanted here", he said.

Protesters with shields use leaf blowers to diffuse tear gas during a demonstration in Portland on 23 July.

Wheeler, who has come under scrutiny from protesters and President Donald Trump alike, was drowned out while trying speaking with demonstrators before tear gas was sacked. Wolf denied federal officers were escalating tensions in the city.

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers sent Trump a letter Wednesday saying he was "deeply disturbed" to hear about federal agents possibly being deployed to Milwaukee through a television interview with Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows rather than direct communication with his office. The past week has seen bigger and bigger crowds of supporters joining the demonstrations.

The mayor of Seattle has opposed the arrival of US tactical police forces in Washington state's largest city as an unnecessary escalation of tensions by the Trump administration in anticipation of street protests this weekend. He held his nose and closed his eyes amid clouds of gas and fireworks exploding nearby. 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.

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler was teargassed as he met with demonstrators.

Demonstrators screamed expletives at him and a few chucked water bottles at him.

Eyewitness footage from the scene captured the moment apparent Antifa members attacked a black protester calling for calm. They're not properly trained to be here.

"There have been reports that peaceful protesters have been detained by unidentified police officers and that is a worry because it may place those detained outside the protection of the law and may give rise to arbitrary detention and other human rights violations", Liz Throssell, UN human rights spokeswoman, told a Geneva news briefing.

National media blanketed the story of federal agents firing on a leader of a major US city. And we're asking them right this minute - we're demanding that they leave.

One demonstrator asked him if he was willing to abolish the police, to which he replied "no", and was loudly booed by many.

Wheeler, 57, was among the crowd of protesters outside the federal courthouse and the Justice Centre when federal police fired the gas to disperse the crowd.

Ted Wheeler, the Democratic mayor of the city in OR, said it was the first time he had been teargassed and appeared slightly dazed as he put on a pair of goggles that someone had handed to him, coughed and drank water. "You're focusing on trying to breathe".

David Chipman, a senior policy adviser at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told VOA that when he was an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "I was proud to work with local leaders when they needed help righting wrongs".