Nintety-seven large fires were burning Saturday in the West overall, including 12 in Idaho and nine in Montana, the National Interagency Fire Center said.
Sandi Elwood grew up in Detroit, Oregon and went back on Wednesday, September 9, the day after a destructive wildfire nearly leveled the town where her mom stills lives. Her mother escaped before the flames burned her entire home. „It didn’t sink in to anyone that it was really happening,“ Elwood said of the wildfire which took out most of her hometown.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation of Oregon called on a federal court on Tuesday to hold federal agents in contempt for alleged attacks on journalists and legal observers at protests in Portland, Ore.
The measure, which was passed on Wednesday, orders all members of the Portland Police Department to stop giving or receiving „operational support“ from officers representing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Marshal Service, Federal Protective Service and Customs and Border Protection, according to local news reports. Under the resolution, police are also banned from overseeing demonstrations alongside federal officers.
Some protesters, recalling the city police’s past use of tear gas, mocked him: “You better be here every night, Ted!”
The acting head of Department of Homeland Security defended the controversial deployment of federal agents to Portland, Ore., saying the Trump administration would „not retreat“ from its duty to protect federal property.
At a news conference Tuesday, Chad Wolf insisted that the department „will support and protect those who want to peacefully protest.“
The U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon has called for an investigation into the conduct of federal officers deployed to protests in Portland, calling their behavior “unlawful.” Local officials are also mounting legal challenges to remove the agents from city streets. Juan Chavez, project director and attorney at the Oregon Justice Resource Center, says it’s a terrifying situation for Portland residents who face “these camouflaged goon squads” who often refuse to identify themselves or their agencies. “They just appear in the middle of the night next to people who are in and around downtown who then get corralled into these vehicles, not told where or who’s picking them up,” he says.
When contacted by CNN, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau said that their officers were not involved in the incident.
Customs and Border Protection also told CNN that their officers were not involved.
CNN has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security and US Marshals for a comment but has not yet heard back.
Die Kritik seitens der Demokraten ließ nicht lange auf sich warten. Die Vorsitzende des Repräsentantenhauses, Nancy Pelosi, sagte in einem Statement, man lebe in einer Demokratie, nicht in einer Bananenrepublik. Sie halte die Entsendung der Truppen für einen „eklatanten Machtmissbrauch“.
Federal law enforcement officers have used unmarked vehicles to detain protesters in Portland, according to news reports and at least one protester who spoke to USA TODAY.
Videos shared online show officers driving up to people, detaining them without explanation, then driving off, Oregon Public Broadcasting first reported. The ACLU filed a lawsuit Friday evening to try and end what it called „lawlessness“ on the streets of Portland.
Sens. Jeff Merkley (D) and Ron Wyden (D) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D) and Suzanne Bonamici (D) said they are making the request after federal officers shot a demonstrator in the head and reports emerged of unmarked federal agents detaining protesters and taking them to unmarked minivans.
“DHS and DOJ are engaged in acts that are horrific and outrageous in our constitutional democratic republic,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) said. “First, they are deploying paramilitary forces with no identification indicating who they are or who they work for. Second, these agents are snatching people off the street with no underlying justification.
At least 83 of the state’s 140 coronavirus deaths — or nearly six in 10 — are now associated with senior care facilities, up from 78 the week before. Cases grew by about 13 percent during that time, from 480 to 545.
Most of the deaths appear to be residents, though state officials have not released that information for all facilities.