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NPR: "Federal Officers Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab People In Portland, DHS Confirms
07-18-2020, 11:33 AM
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Sad NPR: "Federal Officers Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab People In Portland, DHS Confirms
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July 17, 2020
In the early hours of Wednesday, after a night spent protesting at the Multnomah County Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Mark Pettibone and his friend Conner O'Shea decided to head home.

It had been a calm night compared with most protesting downtown. By 2 a.m. law enforcement hadn't used any tear gas and, with only a few exceptions, both the Portland, Ore., Police Bureau and federal law enforcement officers had stayed out of sight.

A block west of Chapman Square, Pettibone and O'Shea bumped into a group warning them that people in camouflage were driving around the area in unmarked minivans grabbing individuals off the street.
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They had barely made it half a block when an unmarked minivan pulled up in front of them.

"I see guys in camo," O'Shea said. "Four or five of them pop out, open the door and it was just like, 'Oh s**t. I don't know who you are or what you want with us.'"

Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least Tuesday. Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation about why they are being arrested, and driving off.
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Speaking to NPR's All Things Considered on Friday, Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli acknowledged that federal agents had used unmarked vehicles to pick up people in Portland but said it was done to keep officers safe and away from crowds and to move detainees to a "safe location for questioning."
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U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, the Department of Justice's chief law enforcement official in Oregon, on Friday called for an inspector general investigation into DHS personnel over reports of two protesters being detained without probable cause.

"What is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the United States. Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping,"
said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, in a written statement. "The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered."
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Interviews conducted by Oregon Public Broadcasting show officers are detaining people on Portland streets who aren't near federal property. Demonstrators such as O'Shea and Pettibone said they think they were targeted by federal officers for simply wearing black clothing in the area of the demonstration.
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"I am basically tossed into the van," Pettibone said. "And I had my beanie pulled over my face so I couldn't see, and they held my hands over my head."

Pettibone and O'Shea both said they couldn't think of anything they might have done to end up targeted by law enforcement. They attend protests regularly, but they said they aren't "instigators." They don't spray-paint buildings, shine laser pointers at officers or do anything else other than attend protests, which law enforcement have regularly deemed "unlawful assemblies."

Blinded by his hat, in an unmarked minivan full of armed people dressed in camouflage and body armor who hadn't identified themselves, Pettibone said he was driven around downtown before being unloaded inside a building. He wouldn't learn until after his release that he had been inside the federal courthouse.

"It was basically a process of facing many walls and corners as they patted me down and took my picture and rummaged through my belongings," Pettibone said. "One of them said, 'This is a whole lot of nothing.' "

Pettibone said he was put into a cell. Soon after, two officers came in to read him his Miranda rights. They didn't tell him why he was being arrested. He said they asked him if he wanted to waive his rights and answer some questions, but Pettibone declined and said he wanted a lawyer. The interview was terminated, and about 90 minutes later he was released. He said he did not receive any paperwork, citation or record of his arrest.
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OPB [Oregon Public Broadcasting] sent DHS an extensive list of questions about Pettibone's arrest including: What is the legal justification for making arrests away from federal property? What is the legal justification for searching people who are not participating in criminal activity? Why are federal officers using civilian vehicles and taking people away in them? Are the arrests federal officers make legal under the Constitution? If so, how?

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/17/892277592...n-portland
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The news reports videos of unmarked Van's picking up apparent protestors against police brutality who are not protesting or at protests or in the commission of a crime. Apparently the people catching the civilians are federal agents, but if course it's not immediately obvious when the abductors are in unmarked vans. The abductors don't read the civilians their rights or tell them why they are being arrested when they catch them. This is a major violation of the citizens' rights to due process under the Constitution, and it reflects the actions of a "police state". It mirrors the way that dictatorships abduct opposition figures. It's upsetting.[/quote]
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07-18-2020, 02:19 PM
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Oh leftists...

When this kind of thing happens to conservatives, where are you then? Celebrating, let me guess? I know they celebrate when conservatives are silenced. How different is this? Except they are not disappeared LIKE CHINA, which leftists view as an idealized model, and strive for!
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07-18-2020, 06:13 PM (This post was last modified: 07-18-2020 06:23 PM by Skookum Charlie.)
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Yes, I actually saw a rioter get picked up and dragged into an unmarked car. The rioter's friend was speaking a weird form of English I had never heard before using odd phrases like "use your words." These are some of the weirdest, creepiest commies I have ever seen in my life, they are obviously on some designer CIA drug cocktail/brainwashing programme. God help us.
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07-18-2020, 07:14 PM
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Cool.
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