West Coast cities sue federal officials for ‘commandeering’ local law enforcement during protests

A federal lawsuit filed by the cities of Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, California, allege the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security assumed unlawful duties in policing local protests this summer.

Protests against police brutality began around June in cities around the nation, including Portland, following the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.

Federal agents from the DHS were deployed to cities around the country under President Trump’s executive order in June protecting federal monuments amid the ensuing civil unrest.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Acting DHS Secretary
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