In the wake of President Donald Trump saying that he is ready to send more federal law enforcement to cities where federal property is being attacked, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is leading a group of 27 senators to demand answers from Department of Justice and Homeland Security on the legal basis of the intervention.
Booker, along with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and 23 other senators sent a letter Wednesday, demanding that Attorney General Bill Barr and Acting Secretary Chad Wolf give them answers on what they called “alarming actions taken against protesters by federal law enforcement agents.”
“Federal officials should not be dispatched into the streets of our cities without proper authority, training, and accountability. Nor should they be violating the civil rights of Americans who are exercising their First Amendment rights and seeking reforms of their own governments policies,” the letter (pdf) stated.
Bookers letter criticized the Trump Administration for their decisions to send federal law enforcement to Portland, Oregon, following more than 50 days of violent protests.
“Portland has seen more than 50 consecutive days of protests in the wake of Mr. Floyds murder. Reports have emerged of a disturbing militarized response by federal agents dispatched to the city,” the senators wrote.
President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on July 19 that he is seeking to help Portland after months of protests and riots by sending in federal law enforcement to handle the “anarchists.”
“We are trying to help Portland, not hurt it,” the president wrote. “Their leadership has, for months, lost control of the anarchists and agitators. They are missing in action. We must protect Federal property, AND OUR PEOPLE. These were not merely protesters, these are the real deal!”
The acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli told NPR, that the justification for sending in federal law enforcement officers to Portland was the destruction of federal property and personnel.
“I fully expect that as long as people continue to be violent and to destroy property that we will attempt to identify those folks. We will pick them up in front of the courthouse. If we spot them elsewhere, we will pick them up elsewhere,” said Cuccinelli.
President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday a surge of federal law enforcement into Chicago, Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He said his administration will send more federal law enforcement personnel to major cities facing a surge in violence.
“Were not going to let this happen in our country,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Monday. “We will have more federal law enforcement. That I can tell you.” He also said Oakland, California, could see federal agents.
The senators went to say that federal officers are using excessive measures to deal with protestors. They wrote that the arrest happens without properly reading protestors their Miranda righRead More From Source