So, is that what they are helping with in Portland and Seattle? Where was this concern months ago? Years ago? Wonder why it’s happening now? Hmmmmm....
Yet the feds in Portland are also detaining peaceful protestors without cause and putting bags over their heads and taking them to unknown interrogation locations. Then in their spare time they are beating Naval Academy veterans for no reason and breaking their hands. And last night they tear-gassed the mayor which I'm sure they aimed to do. Head of Homeland Security was outraged this morning on CBS because the mayor dared to stand and speak to people wearing black outfits. Half my clothes are black and it has nothing to do with protests.Hmmmmmmmm..........Maybe because currently (past 50-plus days) a group of moronic punks are destroying and defacing buildings in Portland and trying to burn down and destroy the courthouse, a Federal building?
We will not wait for a lawsuit to be filed. Should Trump send federal agents who engage in the same illegal vigilante activities, unlawfully assaulting and kidnapping people, they will face criminal charges from our offices. The authority of city officials to prosecute federal law enforcement officials is clear. While 28 U.S. Code § 1442 provides that federal law enforcement officers may remove such charges to federal court in limited circumstances, it does not stop the local prosecution. We do not believe that the agents in Portland came close to meeting the standard required to prevent local prosecution, and officers exhibiting such behavior in our cities are similarly unlikely to meet this threshold.
Local authorities have the power to initiate an arrest and prosecution. Under our authority to defer prosecutions, we could hold off on proceeding until after the November election. Obtaining cooperation and evidence from federal authorities would presumably revert to pre-Trump norms under a new administration. In the meantime, local prosecutors would have the authority to subpoena individuals and make them appear before a grand jury. Finally, these crimes would be offenses against the residents of our respective states — not federal offenses — and, therefore, the president would have no capacity to pardon those we might prosecute. All of this is to say, we will not stand idly by while the president illegally turns loose paramilitary forces to commit criminal acts and violate the constitutional rights of innocent Americans for the purpose of energizing his base and improving his poll numbers.
Well, I think some are in Portland, based on this & one other article I read this week. And then a lot of demonstrators are not and are from many other walks of life. (Obviously, the president isn't troubled by painting every protestor in the U.S. with one brush).And why he keeps referring to the demonstrators as "antifa" even though they aren't.
They may be coming out now to battle the feds but generally, they don't come out just to protest. They come out to beat up on fascists. So all these times when Trump and his minions were blaming everything on antifa, there was no evidence they were involved and their reports even said so. (As was published in several newspapers.)Well, I think some are in Portland, based on this & one other article I read this week. And then a lot of demonstrators are not and are from many other walks of life. (Obviously, the president isn't troubled by painting every protestor in the U.S. with one brush).
U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon has temporarily curbed the use of force by federal officers deployed to Portland, restricting their interactions with legal observers and journalists observing nightly protests against police violence.
On Thursday afternoon, Simon issued a temporary restraining order on officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Marshals Service sent to Portland to guard federal buildings. The restrictions will last for two weeks. The judge is still considering a longer-lasting injunction against federal law enforcement.
The new restrictions for federal officers are nearly identical to the limits already placed on Portland police. Federal officers are barred from arresting, threatening to arrest or using physical force against someone who they should “reasonably know” is a journalist or a legal observer unless they have probable cause to believe that person has committed a crime. Journalists and observers are also not required to follow orders to disperse nor can a federal officer tell them to stop documenting the protest.
One difference between the two orders: If a federal officer intentionally violates the order, they would not be protected under the doctrine of qualified immunity, a legal principle that often protects officers in police brutality lawsuits.
You can watch the video every night on Fox news.Question for anyone: do we have any FSU posters who live in Portland? I'm really sick of hearing the White House make idiotic claims about "violence, chaos and anarchy in Portland," as McNinny did this morning.
FTR, back in June there were NO riots in Washington DC. There were some broken windows and some opportunistic looting. No one should be picking up this administration's exaggerated, false depictions of the protests.
Stormtroopers?Philip Hersh (@olyphil) Tweeted:
After they get to Chicago, when will the DHS troops start goose-stepping with their right arms held out and up at a 45-degree angle?
Yes, but not with the same focus as a few weeks ago. There have been more BLM-focused protests against ICE, but this week there is also more anti-corporate destruction of property that feels more like the usual Seattle anrchist MO than true support of BLM, and I'm sure that's what got Seattle back on 45's radar.The Washington Post is reporting that Customs and Border Patrol agents are being sent to Seattle.
Are there ongoing protests in Seattle?
I don’t get what the democrats policy is going to be! Allow protesters to burn down anything they want or there won’t be anything burned down while a democrat with right policies is president.
My group is working towards a school board meeting next week to get rid of SROs in the schools. We only need one more board member to agree and they are gone! We're also working at the city level but that's been a harder slog.I digress, but I think that city council hearings and electoral campaigns are where the action is right now, not endless street protests after dark.
The parents in our group are of two minds about SROs. A good one, which they had is a big help to kids, and stopped a lot of bullying. But a bad one is School to Prison pipeline.Good work!
So our school board got a presentation on what the SROs do and it was such a load of nonsense. For example, SROs give presentations on vaping in the classroom! Okay, shouldn't a doctor be doing that? They are mentors! So are teachers. The school is literally full of possible mentors. They give staff training on what do to in a school shooting. So they can't ask the police to send someone to do a one-day training? Why do they have to pay an FT salary to someone to get that?I think maybe there should be a school resource person, but they should not be part of the police department?
. In some communities, they function in the role of ombudsman to create a positive impression of the police force. Depending upon the community's wishes, some SROs (especially if there is more than one officer in a large school) spend time giving safety instruction, counseling students and being a mentor and role model to the students. A well trained SRO, who was well liked and trusted by the students, could have a significant impact on behavior and especially alcohol and drug behavior.
What a SRO is NOT is a school disciplinarian. If a school incident is a possible law enforcement violation, the SRO can be contacted to determine if law enforcement action is appropriate. An SRO does not do things like lunchroom or hall duty.
But why does it need a cop to do that? Teachers and counselors can and do do those things.