In Portland, federal officers in military-style gear have been arresting protesters and aggressively cracking down on protests. These measures have done little to quell unrest in the city, however, and instead seem to be escalating tensions.
The officers’ presence comes despite the efforts of Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has requested the president withdraw his forces. Instead, Trump has decided to send additional troops to Albuquerque, Chicago, and Kansas City and threatened to send officers to Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Seattle.
Politicians, public figures, and faith leaders alike have criticized the move, questioning if protesters’ rights are being respected. “The federal police officers who have been in our city arresting people without due process,” Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie said at a rally earlier in the month. “That can’t continue.”