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U.S. Homeland Security confirms three systems sent out paramilitary officers to Portland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection arm confirmed on Tuesday it has deployed officers from three paramilitary-style units to join a federal crackdown on protests against police violence in Portland, Oregon. “We have agents and officers from our special operations groups deployed,” a CBP official said in an…

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Custom-mades and Border Defense arm verified on Tuesday it has deployed officers from three paramilitary-style systems to sign up with a federal crackdown on protests versus cops violence in Portland, Oregon.

” We have representatives and officers from our special operations groups deployed,” a CBP authorities stated in an email. The official did not react to questions about the variety of officers deployed.

Numerous videos published online revealed camouflage-clad officers without clear identification badges utilizing force and unmarked automobiles to carry jailed protesters, strategies that civil-rights supporters stated might break protesters’ right to totally free speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

President Donald Trump, who has been sliding in opinion surveys as he seeks re-election, has promised to also send federal representatives to cities consisting of New york city, Philadelphia and Chicago, which critics said would total up to an usage of federal power for political ends.

CBP, which patrols land borders and operates checkpoints for people coming to U.S. airports and other transport centers, has actually 3 specially trained systems that have released officers to Portland, the official told Reuters.

According to the CBP’s website, among these units, the Border Patrol Tactical System, “supplies an immediate response ability to emergent and high-risk occurrences requiring specialized skills and methods.”

CBP stated it likewise sent out agents from its Border Patrol Search, Injury and Rescue and Special Reaction groups to Portland.

Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, slammed the Trump administration’s release of such forces.

” Donald Trump has no validation for releasing paramilitary troops to the streets of Portland or any other American city,” Wyden said. “These occupying forces are creating dispute, assaulting serene protesters and making my home town more dangerous. For Portland to find peace, Trump requires to pull undesirable federal agents out of our city immediately.”

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Modifying by Scott Malone and Leslie Adler

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