Federal officers detaining a protester on July 25 in downtown Portland. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland
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• First of all, DO NOT MISS this terrific deep dive report by the Mercury's Alex Zielinski and Blair Stenvick into the probably illegal detainment of Portland protesters who were snatched off the street by federal officers during recent protests. It's a case study in the violation of civil rights as well as some bumbling (and often hilarious) mismanagement of federal law enforcement.
• Related: Experts that study human rights violations have found that the feds treatment of Portland protesters were "disproportionate, excessive, and indiscriminate, and deployed in ways that caused severe injury to innocent civilians, including medics,” according to their report.
• The 68th night of protests in Portland was marked by a large group marching from Peninsula Park to the police union building on North Lombard, where a riot was eventually declared after police say a group of protesters broke into the building and set a small fire. Gunfire was also reported in the area, but it's unclear whether or not it was associated with the protests. The crowd dispersed by 3:30 am.
• Yeah, another thing about last night's protest? The driver of a truck (UGH, it's always a truck) drove recklessly through a crowd of demonstrators dragging a motorcycle last night during the protest on North Lombard. However, after being questioned by the cops, the truck driver was mysteriously released and later, according to video shot on the scene, was seen waving a gun at protesters.
• So even though the majority of federal officers guarding the downtown courthouse have fled Portland (see ya!), the fence that surrounds the building remains and is still blocking the bike lane. And while fines imposed by the city are approaching $600,000, the feds remain unresponsive.
• In local coronavirus news, the Oregon Health Authority reported an additional 299 new positive COVID cases and five more deaths since yesterday. By this time tomorrow, Oregon will have more than 20,000 total cases statewide.
• While nothing is for certain, Oregon is considering the possibility of travel restrictions for those coming into the state from coronavirus hot spots.
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