US AGENTS BLOCKED FROM ARRESTING PORTLAND OBSERVERS; BLACK PROTESTERS SAY FEDS FOCUS HASN'T DERAILED
The Associated Press
A federal judge has specifically blocked U.S. agents from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers at the ongoing Portland, Oregon, protests.
The demonstrations have sparked confrontations between local officials and President Trump over the limits of federal power. The ruling came late last night, a day after Portland’s mayor was tear-gassed by federal agents as he made an appearance outside a federal courthouse during raucous demonstrations, reports Gillian Flaccus.
Portland Message: Black leaders and protesters say the surge in protest activity targeting the federal intervention hasn’t distracted from their anti-racist message. Instead, it’s shined a spotlight on it. Large crowds that gathered to protest police brutality and racism after George Floyd’s death had dwindled to a few dozen. Since President Trump deployed militarized federal agents to the progressive city, the numbers have swelled again into the thousands. While chaos has engulfed the streets and demonstrators chant "feds go home,” they're also still calling for racial justice, reports Andrew Selsky.