Oregon Attorney General Sues Homeland Security, Federal Agencies Over Arrests of ANTIFA Rioters
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit against four federal agencies on Friday, claiming that federal law enforcement is infringing upon the First Amendment by making arrests at Portland riots in which ANTIFA-linked militants have been observed engaging in violent activity, property destruction, and a wide range of crimes.
Rosenblum is suing the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Protection Service. The Democrat is seeking an injunction that will strip the various federal agencies of their powers of arrest in the city, leaving Portland to the whims of violent criminal rioters who have waged destruction on the city streets for fifty consecutive days. The Portland Police has been called off of riot control by Portland authorities, who seek to provide the leftist rioters a license for their activities.
Rosenblum is claiming that the federal government is engaging in “unlawful law enforcement in violation of the civil rights of Oregonians by seizing and detaining them without probable cause.” Liberals rose up in figurative arms when video emerged of federal law enforcement arresting criminal suspects in Portland’s left-wing riots and protests, which have raged for fifty days. Those new to the situation in Portland are generally unaware that criminal rioters have systematically attacked a federal courthouse, attacked police officers, and been arrested with improvised explosive devices.
DHS Secretary Chad Wolf has pledged that federal authorities will continue to safeguard federal facilities such as the Hatfield Courthouse from violent extremists, in defiance of the mandates from liberal Portland and Oregon civic officials. The rioters have continued to attack the courthouse and engage in property destruction as of Friday night.