Protesters question federal law enforcement, ‘snatch-and-grab’ tactics in Portland

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – In downtown Portland, tensions seem to be rising as protesters and federal law enforcement have squared off over the last few nights, with Homeland Security Director Chad Wolf saying on Thursday that they would continue to protect federal facilities and those inside.

Some protesters are questioning the tactics being used and say some are being arrested by federal police even when they claim things are peaceful and nothing is going on.

Video was posted to Twitter on Wednesday night with a description that said federal officers rushed up and arrested someone for no reason. That person is seen in the video being taken to an unmarked van. Protesters claim they are being kidnapped.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley shared the video on Twitter, saying that “authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable in America, and must end.”

FOX 12 spoke with a man who has been protesting in Portland for the last several nights.

“We have a demand that police stop these unlawful arrests of protesters … they’re doing snatch-and-grab tactics now, where they’re putting people in cars without even telling them why they're being arrested,” the man said. “Just attack a line of protesters and putting them in an unmarked vehicle without even giving charges. That's really scary.”

FOX 12 reached out to federal police and Homeland Security about the video on Thursday but did not immediately hear back.

The acting Secretary of Homeland Security was in Portland Thursday afternoon touring the damage to the federal courthouse.

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guest4106

If the protesters complain then leave our city! Go back home. Get out of our streets. You have no right to destroy our property and then act like everything is okay and no one can touch you.

jburn

They are mostly worried about being identified and fingerprinted when being booked. Soon, these anonymous hoodlums will begin to turn on each other. It's a reasonable and necessary action to take in Democrat ruined cities with feckless leadership.

Jefferson

In most countries he wouldn't have been heard from again. Here he wasn't even bruised, just had his pride hurt a little when they pulled his beanie (his words) down over his eyes. These limp brained kids (of all ages) don't have any sense of history or of politics.

Insomn

What's the difference between Oregon state police targeting certain cars and slashing their tires? Disabling rental cars of out of state RIOTERS!

tomasbocagrande

[innocent] "Some protesters are questioning the tactics being used and say some are being arrested by federal police even when they claim things are peaceful and nothing is going on." NOT DOING ANYTHING AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME, BUT CERTAINLY DID SOMETHING EARLIER.

Eliza Cassan

You attack an officer, official property, disobey trespassing laws, etc. you get arrested. I'm sorry they don't teach these fools that in our schools.

stanley

Let's get the whole story...What does a "peaceful" protester need wearing a helmet and heavy duty goggles? What lead up to the point where he was grabbed, probably threw something. And where does he live, bet it is not Oregon...Paid rioter.

stanley

What is going with the world

rustynutt

Looks like Thor's hammer is about to be nailed.

Good weather this weekend, DHS in town, FEDs on guard, what could go wrong? Nothing, it's about to go right :)

nativepdx

I question the tactics of the protester/rioters.

Who is going to pay for all the damage they have done to the city?

Delta85

It just shows the people who we elected don't about people who don't think like they do... They preach equality but really mean it.... Equality means for all Liberals !

pb sir

Really folks? Do we actually believe that these Fed law enforcement Officers would bother arresting a person for no reason, at all? In fact, these protesters know good and well why their fellow rioters are being arrested... If the rioters are complaining like this, then that means the Feds are doing things right. .

EvilEddiE

Hopefully you'll spend lots of time and money to get this legally sorted.

Delta85

I love it when people breaking law complain how they are being arrested! The double standard of the liberal mind amazes me!

pb sir

Really, folks? Do we actually, truly believe that these guys are going to bother arresting someone for no reason at all? These protesters know darn well why these people are being arrested. They just can't figure out how the Feds know what they did... If the protesters are complaining like this, then we know that the Feds are doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing, and doing it correctly. Keep it up. ...And by the way, Jeff Merkley, you also have no idea what you're talking about, and you have no knowledge at all about law enforcement tactics. By opening your big mouth on this issue, you're just telling us all how little you know about what's really going on here.

NOYB

Mr. Trump...build that wall

PG&E ...add some sparkle to it. Put it on Kate Brown's exit tab.

Peyton Todd...give her and her minions a good fourth down punt over the goal poles.:))

webjak

Someone has to take charge and remove the criminals. Portland Police are apparently a spineless bunch, led by fools.

nativepdx

The Portland Police are held back by the demarcates in control of the city ,Wwho are afraid of the leftist that are rioting.

racecar57

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley shared the video on Twitter, saying that “authoritarian governments, not democratic republics, send unmarked authorities after protesters. These Trump/Barr tactics designed to eliminate any accountability are absolutely unacceptable in America, and must end.”

No Merkley what must end is partisan officials like you supporting criminals !!! You need to be arrested yourself for supporting these criminals. They are not protesters !!! You are as worthless as our Governor and Portland Major!!

Just curious

[thumbup][thumbup] While you are saying this to Fox 12, you also need to contact Merk, & tell him to stop protecting these rioters. Start protecting the people and the Federal Justice Building. To repair this public building is costing us taxpayers.

Roberto Estrello Demar

We should have had this response at Benghazi.

Charlatan

And so it begins

lanquan

Boo hoo rioter. If you're near the areas where violence. lasers, bricks and bottles are thrown, you deserve to be treated like that. Civilized people get treated as such BUT if you choose violence..you pay the price! Stay out of downtown after 8 pm, stay in Mom's basement or go back to the city you came from. All the politicians are up in arms BECAUSE the government has had enough! The citizens of Portland had about 46 days too much but our governor, senators, congressmen, mayor and commissioners supported rioters and destruction. They failed us, the law abiding taxpayer!

PJ165

The grown ups are doing what the spineless local gov't can't

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