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Portland protests: Trump threatens to send out officers to more US cities

Image copyright Getty Images President Donald Trump has threatened to send more federal law enforcement officers to major US cities to control ongoing protests.Mr Trump on Monday criticised a number of cities run by “liberal Democrats”, including Chicago and New York, saying their leaders were afraid to act.He said officers sent to Oregon had done…

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Mr Trump on Monday criticised a number of cities run by “liberal Democrats”, consisting of Chicago and New York, saying their leaders were afraid to act.

Democrats accuse Mr Trump of trying to rally his Conservative base.

Last month, Mr Trump stated himself the “president of law and order” in the wake of widespread demonstrations over the death in authorities custody of African-American man George Floyd.

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” We’re sending police,” he informed press reporters. “We can’t let this occur to the cities.”

He particularly called New york city City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland in going over problems with violence.

” We’re not going to let this occur in our country, all run by liberal Democrats.”

Mr Trump likewise applauded the questionable federal police efforts in Portland. The city has seen demonstrations against police cruelty because George Floyd’s death in Minnesota in Might.

What’s the background?

Mr Trump released the personnel to the United States west coast city two weeks ago to quell civil unrest.

Some officers have utilized unmarked automobiles and worn military-style camouflage on the streets, triggering condemnation from Democrats and activists.

Regional officials say the federal officers are making matters worse and have required them to leave.

State leaders have also required that Mr Trump get rid of the workers from Portland, implicating him of escalating the situation as a political stunt in an election year.

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A group of mothers stood in between protesters and federal officers in Portland.

However Mr Trump stated Oregon’s governor, Portland’s mayor and other state legislators were terrified of the “anarchists”.

” They hesitate of these individuals,” he said. “That’s the reason they do not want us to assist them.”

He added: “[Federal officers] have actually been there three days and they truly have done a wonderful job in a very brief time period, no problem. They get a great deal of individuals and prison the leaders. These are anarchists.”

Where are the officers from?

The officers are part of a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unit made up of individuals from the United States Marshals Service and Customs and Border Defense.

They have been deployed under an executive order protecting statues, signed by Mr Trump last month. That order permits federal officers to be released without the approval of individual US states.

DHS is also preparing to release some 150 representatives to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday. The agents will reportedly help other federal police officers and Chicago authorities in battling criminal activity.

The president has actually long implicated Chicago’s leaders of stopping working to control violent criminal activity in the Illinois city, where just last weekend cops stated 64 people were shot, 11 fatally.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had previously stated she was worried about Mr Trump deploying federal officers to the city. She stated she had actually talked with Portland’s mayor on Sunday “to get a sense of what’s occurred there”.

” We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking individuals off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully,” Ms Lightfoot said.

Oregon’s chief law officer has submitted a lawsuit against the federal government for allegedly unlawfully apprehending protesters and violating their humans rights of assembly and due procedure.

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