Mayors Of Chicago, Portland, Other Cities Blast Deployment Of Federal ‘Riot-Gear Clad Forces’


Several big-city mayors sent congressional leaders a joint letter Monday urging for legislation to prohibit the use of federal forces in their municipalities to quell protests and respond to a spike in crime, even as the Trump administration plans to send more agents to Portland, Oregon.

The letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, both Democrats, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, called the Trump administration’s deployment of federal agents “unlawful and repugnant,” which was done “against our explicit request.”

“This must stop,” the letter reads. “As demonstrated now in Portland, these federal forces have used the pretext of protecting federal property to also patrol streets, way outside of their lawful jurisdiction, arrest residents without cause and trample on Constitutional rights. These actions further erode trust in government at all levels; are de-legitimizing local law enforcement; and escalate, rather than de-escalate tensions.”

The letter was signed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Washington D. C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The mayors said any legislation should require consent and consultation with local authorities and that federal agents and their vehicles display visible identification at all times, unless on an undercover mission authorized by the U. S. attorney. It also stressed that agents should be limited to protecting federal property.

The letter follows another signed by the same mayors to the same congressional leaders to demand Congress investigate Trump’s deployment of federal forces. Another letter to U. S. Attorney General Bill Barr and Acting Sec… (Read more)

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