The mayor of Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler, has joined protesters in his city's streets demanding federal officers withdraw.
And he got a first-hand taste of what demonstrators have faced every night for weeks.
Video shows a cloud of smoke or tear gas waft over the mayor, who appears to lower his head and cough.
A Reuters reporter on the scene said his eyes were bloodshot, face red, and nose running.
What began more than a month ago as protests against police brutality in this city took a turn after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security deployed unidentified and camouflage-clad officers with orders to protect federal property.
Videos surfaced of officers without clear identification badges using force and unmarked vehicles to arrest protesters without explanation.
Mayor Wheeler said the federal crackdown made the situation in his city worse.
"The tactics that are being used by our federal officers are abhorrent.
They do not act with probable cause.
People are not being told who they are being arrested by.
And they're being denied basic constitutional rights." Wheeler's reception at the protests was mixed.
He is also the city's police commissioner, and some demonstrators heckled him, demanding his resignation and chanting “shame on you." Federal agents showed no sign of retreating, regularly going out of the building to throw smoke bombs and tear gas towards protesters.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he planned to send federal police into other large American cities, singling out their Democratic leaders.
"The cities unfortunately that are in trouble are all run by Democrats." Trump has trumpeted a message of law and order heading into the November 3 election.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would not let Trump turn federal police loose on her streets - "The president is trying to divert attention from failed leadership on COVID-19." And accused him of trying to distract from his response to the health crisis.
Groups of angry protesters have marched towards Portland mayor Ted Wheeler’s house demanding his resignation. Report by Shoulderg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler launched a searing attack against U.S President Donald Trump on Sunday for what he said was inciting violence in his city, which Trump responded to with a series of counterattacks on Twitter. Ryan Brooks reports.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler launched a searing attack against U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday for what he said was inciting violence in his city, which Trump responded to with a series of counterattacks on Twitter.
CNN reports that on Friday police arrested 11 people in Portland, Oregon. The arrests came after violent protestors rioted outside a federal building. The PPB said a group began marching from a park to the federal facility around 8:45 p.m. local time. The city has been the scene of unrest over police brutality and systemic racism since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis while in police custody in late May 2020.
Markets Insider reports Oregon utility company Portland General Electric fell 16% on Thursday. Investors fled after the company acknowledged unconfirmed reports that some of its electrical equipment may have contributed to the Santiam fire. The Santiam wildfire is just one hour southeast of Portland. It's spread to 159,000 acres and forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.
Hundreds of firefighters battled two large wildfires around Portland's suburbs on Friday.
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[NFA] Around half a million people in Oregon were ordered to evacuate on Friday and residents of its largest city, Portland, were told to be ready to go as extreme wind-driven wildfires scorched U.S. West Coast states. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
[NFA] Chicago police arrested more than 100 people after crowds swarmed Chicago's luxury commercial district early Monday, looting stores, smashing windows and clashing with officers for hours, police said. Colette Luke has the latest.
Washington (CNN) Former President Bill Clinton said Sunday it is "superficially hypocritical" for President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to push to put a new justice on the Supreme Court before the November election. I mean, (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell wouldn't give President (Barack) Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing 10 months before the presidential election. I think that, you know, both for Sen.
Talk about TikTok whiplash, although that’s normal thing these days. Hours before a new ban was supposed to be put in place to block new downloads and updates of the popular video-sharing app, President Donald Trump has come out to say there is a deal, and it has his “blessing.” Read more...
Amid the protests in Minneapolis triggered by the death of George Floyd, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi and his crew were fired upon by police in broad daylight. On Friday, President Donald Trump chose to mock Velshi for being shot with a rubber bullet, although he mistakenly said he'd been hit with a tear gas canister. At a political rally in Minnesota, Trump said the shooting, and the fact that the police did not assist Velshi afterwards, was 'a beautiful sight.' He was down. 'My knee, my knee.
(CNN) Poll of the week: A new ABC News/Washington Post poll from Minnesota finds Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with a 57% to 41% lead over President Donald Trump among likely voters. Two other Minnesota polls released over the last few weeks by CBS News/YouGov and New York Times/Siena College have Biden up by nine points. What's the point: The Trump campaign has made a significant investment into turning Minnesota red, after Trump lost it by 1.5 points in 2016.
Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the smoldering forest, pushing logs into the underbrush and away from the wildfires ripping through Oregon's Cascade Mountains - part of an operation organized by the men and women of the "Hillbilly Brigade," a group that is credited with saving the mountain hamlet of Molalla. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
As the smoke begins to lift, the scale of the destruction caused by the wildfires in Oregon has been revealed with heartbreaking new drone footage.
Hundreds of thousands of acres have been destroyed and whole towns wiped out by the flames.
Authorities reduced the number of confirmed deaths in the state from 10 to eight, after two reported fatalities were later identified as animal remains.
Officials announced 1,145 residences were destroyed by the blaze, with another 579 other structures also decimated.
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In just two weeks, an operation by the US Marshals Service turned up 39 missing children in the Atlanta metro area. 'Operation Not Forgotten' tracked down 26 missing children, as well as the safe location of 13 others, in 20 counties in the Atlanta and Macon area. According to Newser, nine individuals were arrested in the process. The children's ages were said to be between 3 and 17, and were considered to be some of the most at-risk and challenging recovery cases in the area.
[NFA] Tensions remained high in Portland, Oregon for the 60th straight day of anti-racism protests, after six U.S. mayors on Monday urged Congress to halt President Donald Trump's deployment of federal forces to their cities. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday warned that Russia is interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential elections with a steady stream of misinformation aimed at Democrat Joe Biden as well as sapping Americans' confidence in the election process. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
A licensed practical nurse who previously worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Georgia has turned whistleblower. According to CNN, Dawn Wooten filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general on Monday. Wooten's complaint detailed a high rate of hysterectomies and alleged medical neglect. She stated that while some of the detained women may have required a hysterectomy, 'everybody's uterus cannot be that bad.
The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker linked to Republican efforts to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, accusing him of trying to interfere in the U.S. election. This report produced by Chris Dignam.