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Trump Tweeting Violence Against Rioters

by Oui Fri May 29th, 2020 at 02:36:25 PM EST



Trump took to Twitter last night to threaten military intervention in Minneapolis, saying

"when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

More below the fold ...

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

The White House's official Twitter account reposted Trump's tweet that was flagged for 'glorifying violence' | Business Insider |

  • The White House reposted a tweet saying "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" after Twitter flagged it for "glorifying violence" on Trump's personal account.
  • The move by Twitter to flag Trump's tweet earlier Friday morning was another unprecedented move by the social media company, which left Trump's tweet in place citing a public interest, but placed a click through block on it for violating the company's terms of service.
  • The White House account later posted a tweet with the exact the same language, word for word, at 8:17 am, in an apparent protest.


'Words of a dictator': Trump's threat to deploy military raises spectre of fascism | The Guardian |


Trump as ugly White Nationalist Leader reminiscent of the segregation years of an embattled America’s South ...

Trump Quoted ‘Racist’ Miami Police Chief in Tweet Flagged by Twitter for ‘Glorifying Violence’ | Law and Crime |

Trump revives segregationist war cry: ’When the looting starts, the shooting starts’

In 1967, the notorious racist and segregationist police chief of Miami, Walter Headley, declared “war” against what he claimed was a wave of Black criminals “taking advantage of the civil rights” movement.

Headley told the Miami Herald at the time that he intended to use shotguns, dogs, and a “get tough policy” that included the use of deadly force against Black people. “Felons,” Headley pledged, “will learn they can’t be bonded out from the morgue.”

He then boastfully claimed there wouldn’t be any problem with riots or civil uprisings in his city because, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Those were Trump’s exact words from Friday morning.


Work in progress ... more to follow

by Oui on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 03:49:30 PM EST
by Oui on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 04:37:00 PM EST
Trump threatens 'vicious dogs' and 'ominous weapons' could have been used on White House protesters | NBC News |

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by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 10:34:33 AM EST
Always more pain in the future with representatives like him 😎

by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 10:39:40 AM EST
... leads to the situation of AMGA today!

Remember USA in 1968 ... Vietnam War and those who did NOT serve their country: George Bush - Dick Cheney - Bill Vlinton - Donald Trump ... leadership? What a bull.

by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 10:50:27 AM EST
Just before he stepped up toward the microphone, he asked, "Do they know about Martin Luther King?" hoping he would not have to personally break the news. All the heads around him shook the silent no. He nodded and took the microphone.

"Ladies and gentlemen," Bobby began as cheers grew louder and signs waved higher. "I'm only going to talk to you for a minute or so this evening because I have some very sad news for all of you. Could you lower those signs please?" The crowd grew quiet [...]

Rioting broke out that night in cities all over America. Indianapolis was not one of them.

The rioting lasted a week. Tens of thousands of people were arrested. Thousands were injured. Dozens were killed. America has never seen anything like that scale of nationwide rioting before or since.

The day after the King assassination, Washington was a war zone. Smoke from burning buildingd hid the dome of the U.S. Capital [...]

[...] Thirty cities were burning.

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, by Lawrence O'Donnell. p. 235-237

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Fresh protests as Trump threatens to call in US military

Video: DW team confronted by Minneapolis police ...

by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 11:20:01 AM EST
In a sad week for America, Trump has fled from his duty | CNN News |

But our President was mostly busy with other things: getting into a public fight with Twitter, condemning China over Hong Kong and terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization -- an entity that once looked to the United States as the world's leading institution in fighting pandemics.

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by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 06:05:07 PM EST
To all the cops whining about how it's just a few bad apples and how they haven't personally done anything: I'm sorry, officers, but you're being accused because you fit the profiles we have of the suspects.
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by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 06:09:30 PM EST
A white-supremacist leader in the White House ... view on fascism in the USA - America First!

Global Protests for George Floyd Staged in Berlin, London and Toronto | Variety |

Will Any EU "Leader" Stand-up and Criticise the USA for Endemic Racism and Inequality?

Resisting the Call of Nativism: What U.S. Political Parties Can Learn From Other Democracies | Carnegie Endowment |

Nativism has once again gained momentum in U.S. politics. This tendency to define nationhood not by values or laws but in racial, ethnic, or religious terms is not new. Yet nativism is inherently undemocratic because nativists demote citizens who have the "wrong" characteristics to, at best, second-class citizenship. As nativist voters flex their muscle, what can political parties on both sides of the aisle do to put the genie back in the bottle? Examining how Austria, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy have addressed nativism in their politics offers some useful lessons.

Case studies of these countries' experiences indicate that:

  • Nativists can be found on both sides of the political spectrum. Though currently congregating in conservative parties globally, nativists' preference for redistributive economics that are restricted to their preferred group make them "swing" voters who may vote for candidates on the left or right.

  • Mainstream parties that embrace or collaborate with nativists often believe they can temper nativist preferences. Instead, they tend to absorb the nativists' views. Nativists then either take over the establishment party or beat it in elections.

My President Was Black
A history of the first African American White House--and of what came next | The Atlantic |

by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 06:56:31 PM EST
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Predator drone used for tracking and killing terrorists in Middle East is flown over Minneapolis to record protests despite ban on it flying that far | Mail Online |

by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 07:33:33 PM EST

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by Oui on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 08:23:12 PM EST
SOP for Murican reich-wingers.  The Ueberklass has always whipped up the masses with racist dog-whistling (Native Americans, Irish, Africans, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, etc.), crying "Havoc" and letting slip the dogs of mob.  The Nixon White House demonized civil rights and antiwar protesters for two years (It started during the campaign.) before Kent State/New Mexico/Jackson State.  They started the "War on Drugs" as a means of demonizing and criminalizing civil rights and antiwar activists.  As for Trump's tweet, he probably learned it from his Klan parents.
by rifek on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 08:59:38 PM EST
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Tanker Truck Drives Into Minneapolis George Floyd Protesters On I-35W Bridge; Driver In Custody | CBS Minneapolis |

by Oui on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 08:06:34 AM EST

    "Racist police brutality in the US stems from institutional racism. We cannot and cannot look away from this or remain silent about it. It is our job to work day after day on equal societies. For everyone, everywhere."

EU leaders and the European Union with human value in its founding principle ...

Where is the rage? Where are the letters to both Houses of U.S. Congress and addressing the racial issue directly with President Trump during the coming G7 Conference!! putting COVID-19 blame, Hong Kong and China on the agenda won't cut it today.

by Oui on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 10:02:15 AM EST
by Bernard on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 10:35:53 AM EST
I know ... have written about this for many years. Training police brutality ... same with the aftermath of 9/11 training the U.S. Military for close urban combat ahead of Iraq invasion in March 2003. Setting up detention centers, interrogation, torture and rendition of suspects.
by Oui on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 10:48:18 AM EST
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On CNBC this morning an interview with John Hope Bryant ... he hasn't got a clue ... Amb. Young: "don't burn the American flag ...." WTF

Both speak about American "exceptionalism" ... as a nation "this is not what we are"?? Yes that's what the nation of hope has become! Deal with it. The result of pure Capitalism ... Burn that flag and for what it stands! Much better than burning down businesses in your community. RIP it up ... take a knee with Colin Kaepernick ... a lone hero in American Football.

U.S. National Anthem Protests 2016-present

Atlanta a few hours ago ... we're walking together!

by Oui on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 10:50:08 AM EST
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And then they go right back to business as usual.  Don't believe cop PR stunts for a second.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:19:25 PM EST
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Adviser to Trump: Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch ... so crooked. just no hope for Trump's America!

by Oui on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 11:19:58 AM EST
Trump has surrounded himself with pathological liars just like himself, er excuse me, "great great salespeople" just like himself (Must remember to use Crapitalese.).  Ed Koch once commented he wouldn't trust Trump to tell the truth if he notarized his tongue.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:26:30 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 01:06:04 PM EST
From Chinese version of The Onion .... or is it some sarcasm?

'Mr. President, Don't Go Hide': China Goads US over George Floyd Protests | The Guardian |

    At a press conference on Monday, foreign ministry spokesman, Lijian Zhao urged the US to eliminate racial discrimination and protect the lawful rights of minorities, according to state-backed media, CGTN.

    "The death of George Floyd reflects the severity of racial discrimination and police brutality in the US," said Zhou, The Guardian reported.

    Zhao also threatened "counter-attacks" on the US for continued retaliatory measures over China's increased control over Hong Kong, which include reversing Hong Kong's special customs status.

by Oui on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 01:30:20 PM EST
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'Rotten racism': newspapers around the world react to George Floyd protests | The Guardian |  

In the Sydney Morning Herald, columnist Tom Swizer sees an all too familiar pattern.

"The mayhem follows a depressing pattern in American history. The record of state failures to protect blacks and others against police brutality is all too full. Ditto the looting and arson, killings and general eruption of racial violence in many American cities when injustices occur."

An editorial Le Monde paints a similar picture of structural racism and police brutality by police and others against black Americans.

"George Floyd and Eric Garner are not isolated victims. The list is too long to give here of these black American men of all ages, who are too often victims of encounters with the police that turn out badly; of the trigger-happy in a country where firearms are routinely carried as an accessory, or just plain racism.

"Too many mothers in the African American community must teach their sons from early adolescence how to behave on the street so as not to arouse suspicion and not to be in turn the target of blunders or mistakes.

El Periódico in Barcelona also points to a history of endemic racism in the US.

"The truth is that what happened in Minneapolis, recorded on video and viewed worldwide through social networks, is just the latest proof that the racism epidemic is far from being controlled, and that the two Barack Obama administrations did nothing to cauterize any wounds.

The Global Times - under the headline "George Floyd murder exposes rotten racism in the US" - is predictably scathing.

by Oui on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 05:51:41 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 07:29:34 PM EST
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So Trump is hiding in a bunker and Biden is seizing the moment to introduce his reform plans:

by generic on Mon Jun 1st, 2020 at 06:15:32 PM EST
White nationalist group posing as antifa called for violence on Twitter | NBC News |

As protests were taking place in multiple states across the U.S. Sunday night, the newly created account, @ANTIFA_US, tweeted, "Tonight's the night, Comrades," with a brown raised fist emoji and "Tonight we say 'F--- The City' and we move into the residential areas... the white hoods.... and we take what's ours ..."

This isn't the first time Twitter has taken action against fake accounts engaged in hateful conduct linked to Identity Evropa, according to the spokesperson.

The antifa movement -- a network of loosely organized radical groups who use direct action to fight the far-right and fascism -- has been targeted by President Donald Trump as the force behind some of the violence and property destruction seen at some protests, though little evidence has been provided for such claims.

Other misinformation and misleading claims spread across Twitter on Sunday night and into Monday related to the protests.

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 04:55:02 AM EST
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Pentagon officials express concern as Trump threatens to use military to 'dominate' protestors | CNN News |

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 05:01:37 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 05:14:27 AM EST
by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 05:17:28 AM EST
They gassed the fricking clergy.  Why the Episcopal Church doesn't file charges is beyond me, other than the usual weenie liberalism.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:29:57 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 05:21:12 AM EST
President Trump walks across Lafayette Park to St. John's Church

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 05:42:44 AM EST
A Battle General When Every Second Counts

I've been thinking about and it doesn't look good ... I shouldn't have been there. So true general!

by Oui on Thu Jun 11th, 2020 at 03:58:23 PM EST
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Trump threatens to deploy military as teargas fired on nearby protesters | The Guardian |

Trump would have to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty personnel to conduct law enforcement on US soil. It was used by President George H W Bush during the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

Trump spoke briefly of Floyd in the beginning of his comments, but said nothing about police brutality or racial injustice in America.

Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University, tweeted: "Peaceful protesters were gassed and shot with rubber bullets to clear away a space near a church to give Trump a photo-op waving a bible flanked by AG Barr and Sec Def Esper. Monstrous. Anticonstitutional."

Susan Glasser, a staff writer at the New Yorker magazine, tweeted: "Who is the brilliant strategist who decided to attack peaceful protesters during a presidential event in the Rose Garden? Is this the split screen message to America and the world that Donald Trump wants to send?"

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 05:49:46 AM EST
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Statement On Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., April 4, 1968

I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.

So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love--a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 07:51:54 AM EST
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Ahead of Trump Bible photo op, police forcibly expel priest from St. John's church near White House - Religion News Service
Authorities also expelled at least one Episcopal priest and a seminarian from the church's patio.

"They turned holy ground into a battleground," said the Rev. Gini Gerbasi.

Gerbasi said that as she and the seminarian watched, police began to expel people from the church patio.

"The police in their riot gear with their black shields and the whole bit start pushing on to the patio of St. John's Lafayette Square," she said, adding that people around her began crying out in pain, saying they had been shot with nonlethal projectiles.

Gerbasi and others eventually fled the scene, leaving emergency medical supplies behind. By the time she reached K Street several blocks away and checked her phone, Trump was already in front of the church holding a Bible.

"That's what it was for: to clear that patio so that man could stand in front of that building with a Bible," said Gerbasi.

by Bernard on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 08:10:18 PM EST
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Pentagon chief urges governors to 'dominate the battlespace' to end unrest as thousands of National Guard troops take to the streets in US cities | Business Insider |

"We need to dominate the battlespace," Esper explained. "You have deep resources in the Guard. I stand ready. The chairman stands ready. The head of the National Guard stands ready to fully support you in helping mobilize the Guard."

Esper's comments, which have drawn some criticism for characterizing US cities where people are protesting racism, injustice, and police brutality as a "battlespace," come as the number of National Guard troops called up in response to protests, as well as acts of violence and destruction, has risen sharply.

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 07:27:14 AM EST
Decades of oppression, segregation and raw racism - White Exceptionalism and their American Dream.

From a diary in 2018 ...

Fake America In 3 Tweets

The Pendulum

The history of people of African descent in America - which is to say the history of America - is a pendulum of progress and setbacks, of resilience and retaliation, of protest and backlash. There have been allies and there have been opponents. There have been demagogues, who would divide Americans on the basis of colour and class, and visionaries who would seek to lead us to common ground.

Iraq A Mess, Now National Guard Send to Ferguson

St. Louis Cop: 'I Believe In Jesus, I'm A Merciless Killer'


by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 09:01:42 AM EST

Kinloch Missouri, Hometown of Maxine Waters (Dem - CA)

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 09:06:08 AM EST
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Large crowd for a peaceful demonstration in downtown St. Louis, (MO) ... NOT East-St. Louis (IL)

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 09:20:27 AM EST
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Biden Slowly Emerges From Seclusion, Hoping to Meet the Moment | NY Times |

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 02:43:17 PM EST
"where we need to go"

So if you are not on the streets, you ain't black? Gotta get Covid as well.

A part of leadership is to show the limits how far to go. But modernity is so optimistic, would promise anything.

by das monde on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 08:59:40 AM EST
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The Rise of American Fascism ... it won't just disappear and will be with us for some years ... similar to COVID-19. A great devastation op people and talent.

New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

by Oui on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 04:52:39 PM EST
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of the attempted arrest of the president of ANTIFA.

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by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 08:09:35 PM EST
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A few days ago, a friend and I were discussing the push-back on wearing masks.  He said, "Wearing a mask is an IQ test.  It shouldn't be a political test."  I responded, "These days an IQ test IS a political test."
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:41:42 PM EST
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Has anyone told him?

by generic on Tue Jun 2nd, 2020 at 10:33:16 PM EST
D.C. police response to George Floyd protests prompts alarm abroad | NBC News |

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 02:21:56 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 05:39:13 AM EST
His replacement really isn't any better.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:42:10 PM EST
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CIA veterans who monitored crackdowns abroad see troubling parallels in Trump handling of protests
The scenes have been disturbingly familiar to CIA analysts accustomed to monitoring scenes of societal unraveling abroad - the massing of protesters, the ensuing crackdowns and the awkwardly staged displays of strength by a leader determined to project authority.

In interviews and posts on social media in recent days, current and former U.S. intelligence officials have expressed dismay at the similarity between events at home and the signs of decline or democratic regression they were trained to detect in other countries.

by das monde on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 09:16:42 AM EST

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 05:28:30 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 11:57:33 AM EST
Muntadhar al-Zaidi

... al-Zaidi "reported for al-Baghdadia on the poor and downtrodden victims of the US war. He was first on the scene in Sadr City and wherever people suffered violence or severe deprivation. [Source: The Guardian - Dec. 2008

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 12:46:09 PM EST
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Leadership in Washington DC to run its own nation, or any part of the Free World? 😂


'He wears the armor of God': evangelicals hail Trump's church photo op | The Guardian |

The Horbowys had gathered in Tallahassee, Florida, to watch live as Trump walked from the White House to St John's. "My mother just shouted out, `God give him strength! He's doing a Jericho walk!'"

A Jericho walk, in some evangelical circles, refers to the biblical book of Joshua, where God commanded the Israelites to walk seven times around the opposing city of Jericho, whose walls then came crashing down.

Horbowy already supported Trump politically - he heads the local chapter of a pro- Trump motorcycle club and is campaigning for a seat in Florida's state senate - but when Trump lifted the Bible, Horbowy and his family felt overcome spiritually.

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 01:15:42 PM EST
Does this mean that Stormy Daniels is playing the role of Rahab?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 02:50:56 PM EST
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Don't upset the apple cart ...

Trump said that the two countries will be "significantly expanding" trade relations once the USMCA (U.S. - Mexico - Canada Agreement) is done.

At a loss for words ...

Trump Questions Render Trudeau Speechless for 21 Seconds | AP - NY Times |

In their own words: political leaders in Canada weigh in on Trump's response to U.S. protests | CBC News |

Asked why the government won't criticize U.S. President Donald Trump by name over his threats to use the army against protesters, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland avoided talking about the president and said she's worried about "Canadian complacency" regarding anti-black racism.

"They have their issues in the U.S. and they have to fix their issues, but it's like night and day compared to Canada," Doug Ford said. "I'm proud to be Canadian. I'm proud to be the premier of Ontario.

"Thank God that we're different than the United States. We don't have the systemic, deep roots they've had for years ... The difference between the U.S. and Canada, for the most part, for the most part -- we get along."

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil offered a less diplomatic comment when speaking about Floyd's death and the Trump administration's response to the protests that followed.

"When you watch what's happened south of the border, where a black American was killed at the hands of law enforcement, you understand the outrage and hurt and anger that people are feeling," he said.

"Quite frankly, the political response in the United States has been offensive ... to the world."

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 03:03:07 PM EST
The Dutch rally around George Floyd and the unlawful killing by police. Mass demonstration yesterday in Amsterdam caused great difficulty to maintain social distancing.

Amsterdam mayor won't step down; pledges to handle large crowds better in future

Today in Rotterdam, the demonstration gathered thousands of supporters and was called-off early.

Rotterdam protest halted after thousands show up on Erasmus bridge

The spacious Erasmus bridge was filled with marchers for equality and end to racism worldwide.

No signs yet of "Trump Murderer". Very civilized and no violence.

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 04:53:16 PM EST
Some skirmishes with police after demonstration ended early.

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 08:49:57 PM EST
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French People Rally to Support Black Lives Matter Protests, Demand Justice for Adama Traoré
More than 20,000 people took the streets of Paris, France, to support Black Lives Matter protests and demand justice for Adama Traoré, a young black man who, like George Floyd, was killed due to suspected police brutality in July 2016.

Shouting "no justice, no peace," the demonstrators gathered in front of the French capital's court house and called for the end of racism and impunity. The protest had not been authorized by the prefect of Paris due to the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people during the coronavirus crisis. Although it started peacefully, several incidents and clashes with police were later reported. Similar protests were also staged in other cities across the country, including Lille.

Since the killing of George Floyd and the upheaval it has sparked, people in France have drawn parallels to the case of Traoré, who was 24 when he died at a police station in a Parisian suburb two hours after being arrested as he was riding his bike with his brother. His family immediately filed a wrongful death complaint, but faced many obstacles.
by Bernard on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 06:05:24 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 08:19:21 PM EST

Attorney General Keith Ellison upgrade charges against officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck; charged other 3 involved

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 08:26:10 PM EST
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Protests continue as US defense secretary rejects Trump's demand for troops

Defense secretary, Mark Esper, said he did not agree with Trump's wish to use combat troops to impose or maintain order.

"I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act," Esper told reporters at the Pentagon, referring to 1807 legislation which would allow the president to call in units moved close to Washington.

Though it was reported that such active-duty troops were returning to home bases, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told reporters the Insurrection Act was "definitely a tool within [Trump's] power". She also declined to say if Trump might fire his defense secretary for expressing his disagreement in public.

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 08:46:00 PM EST
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James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution | The Atlantic |

James Mattis, the esteemed Marine general who resigned as secretary of defense in December 2018 to protest Donald Trump's Syria policy, has, ever since, kept studiously silent about Trump's performance as president. But he has now broken his silence, writing an extraordinary broadside in which he denounces the president for dividing the nation, and accuses him of ordering the U.S. military to violate the constitutional rights of American citizens.

by Oui on Thu Jun 4th, 2020 at 07:29:28 AM EST
Trump's response to George Floyd protests could complicate efforts to shore up his Christian voter base | CNBC |

Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited a shrine in Northeast Washington, erected to honor the late Pope John Paul II. The shrine is not operated directly by the Catholic Church, but by the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal organization known for its conservative political bent.

But just as Trump was arriving at the shrine, Washington's Catholic Archbishop, Wilton Gregory, slammed Trump's visit in a statement to the press.

"I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people, even those with whom we might disagree."

"Saint Pope John Paul II was an ardent defender of the rights and dignity of human beings. His legacy bears vivid witness to that truth," Gregory said.

Editorial: Dolan delivers the church to Trump and the GOP | Obituaries NCR |

by Oui on Thu Jun 4th, 2020 at 11:40:50 AM EST
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by generic on Thu Jun 4th, 2020 at 06:01:21 PM EST
Why should it put NYT staff in danger? They survived this in 1941.

 (h/t Nathan Robinson)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jun 4th, 2020 at 06:11:23 PM EST
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Here's the blueprint for Erik Prince's $5 billion plan to privatize the Afghanistan war | Military Times - Sept. 5, 2018 |

Officials worry Trump may back Erik Prince plan to privatize war in Afghanistan | NBC News - Aug. 17, 2018 |

    Prince, a staunch Trump supporter whose sister is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, argues that after 17 years of war in Afghanistan, it's time for the U.S. to try something new.

Erik Prince. Betsy DeVos and the Dutch Reformed Church of Slavery, South African White Supremacy and Apartheid, and BIG supporters of fascist leader Der Trumpf.

Dutch Colonial Heritage and Xenophobia

by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 12:52:04 PM EST
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Simple test: If it's Dutch Reformed, it's fascist.  And the Grand River Valley in Michigan has always been American Boer Central.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:51:16 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 04:13:58 AM EST
Buffalo police officers suspended after video shows them shoving protester | NBC News |

by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 04:26:38 AM EST
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Sanctioned by Evangelists and Republican members of U.S. Congress, President Trump visibly SHREDS the Constitution. Timing of Impeachment procedure was poor.

A letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper | By James N. Miller - June 2, 2020 |

You recited that same oath on July 23, 2019, when you were sworn in as Secretary of Defense. On Monday, June 1, 2020, I believe that you violated that oath. Law-abiding protesters just outside the White House were dispersed using tear gas and rubber bullets -- not for the sake of safety, but to clear a path for a presidential photo op. You then accompanied President Trump in walking from the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church for that photo.

President Trump's actions Monday night violated his oath to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed," as well as the First Amendment "right of the people peaceably to assemble." You may not have been able to stop President Trump from directing this appalling use of force, but you could have chosen to oppose it. Instead, you visibly supported it.

Biography James N. Miller

Defense Secretary Supposedly Didn't Know He Was Joining Trump's Authoritarian Photo Op | Vanity Fair |

by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 06:05:40 AM EST
For a coruscating look at Trumps relationship with the forces of law and order, see see Michael McDowell here.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 09:01:49 AM EST
"This is a great day for George Floyd," said Trump.

by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 05:25:31 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 07:53:51 PM EST
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UN experts condemn modern-day 'racial terror' lynchings in US | The Guardian |

A group of 66 United Nations human rights monitors have issued a devastating critique of what they call modern-day "racial terror" lynchings in the US in the form of state-sponsored police violence against black Americans.

The group released two joint statements on Friday, prompted by the wave of protests against police brutality that has swept the nation in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.

The action marks an almost unparalleled outpouring of criticism by the UN's independent body of human rights experts. Rarely have so many come together to speak as one voice. The language they deploy is also highly unusual in its excoriating critique of what the monitors state is the "fundamental racial inequality and discrimination that characterize life in the United States for black people".

by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 05:42:01 PM EST

Democrats pillory Trump for saying today is a 'great day' for George Floyd | NY Times |

@realDonaldTrump, keep George Floyd's name out of your mouth until you can say Black Lives Matter.
By Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris)

by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 07:42:33 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 07:50:06 PM EST
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Manuel Ellis, 33, died on March 3 after being handcuffed and restrained by officers. He could be heard on police scanner traffic saying "I can't breathe," after he was handcuffed, and he died at the scene.

by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 08:06:50 PM EST
by generic on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 08:41:54 PM EST
In defiance of the White Supremacist Leader in the White House ...

Roger Goodell Tacitly Admits That NFL Mishandled Colin Kaepernick Peaceful Protests Improperly | CBS News |

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 04:07:41 AM EST
by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 04:35:06 PM EST
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Rep. Jim Jordan In the Age of Trump

by Oui on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 04:06:01 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 10:37:39 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 10:44:20 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 09:40:51 AM EST
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I guess the rest of us will have to stop watching Trump

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 10:25:24 AM EST
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What If the Voters Can't Stand Trump?  

Trump says he'll leave office peacefully if he loses in November | Politico |

President Donald Trump sought to brush aside fears he might not leave office willingly if November's election doesn't go his way.

"Certainly, if I don't win, I don't win," he told Fox News' Harris Faulkner in an interview that aired Friday. If he doesn't win the election, Trump continued, "you go on, do other things."

Trump's promise not to pull a Xi Jinping party dictatorship or a Putin style rigged election ... more admirers of the president: violent Duterte - mad-man Bolsonaro - corrupt buddy Netanyahu - or a heritage style Rocket Man from North Korea.

Six Strongmen Trump Has Praised -- And The Conflicts It Presents | NPR |

California Shows How to Beat Trump, Now and in November| The Nation |

Editorial Art by Viktor Jihasz

by Oui on Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 02:39:42 PM EST
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A deep rooted problem in American Culture of violence in society ...

57 Buffalo Police Resign From Riot Unit In Protest Of Officers' Suspension | Forbes |

According to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President John Evans, the two suspended officers were merely following directives and that the 75-year-old man slipped. "Our position is these officers were simply following orders from Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia to clear the square," said Evans. "It doesn't specify clear the square of men, 50 and under or 15 to 40. They were simply doing their job. I don't know how much contact was made. He did slip in my estimation. He fell backwards."

The Union is wrong ...

Two Buffalo Police ERT members say resignation was not in solidarity with suspended officers

"It went bad. It went bad."

The officers we spoke with said the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association's statement asserting all 57 officers resigned from ERT in a "show of support" with the two officers that were suspended without pay is not true.

"I don't understand why the union said it's a thing of solidarity. I think it sends the wrong message that `we're backing our own' and that's not the case," said one officer with whom we spoke.

"We quit because our union said [they] aren't legally backing us anymore. So why would we stand on a line for the City with no legal backing if something [were to] happen? Has nothing to do with us supporting," said another.

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 04:43:06 AM EST
"But not all cops...."  Yeah, right.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:58:04 PM EST
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NSW Supreme Court bans Sydney Black Lives Matter protest

Black Lives Matter rallies start in Australia amid court ban

A demonstrator who interrupted House, arguing that the rally's focus should be on "what's happening in the United States" rather than Australia's colonial history, was shouted down in a heated confrontation with several protesters. The demonstrator eventually followed the crowd's advice to leave.

Indigenous Australians make up 2% of the Australian adult population but 27% of the prison population.

'nuf said! 😎

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 05:07:50 AM EST
by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 06:35:21 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 06:17:26 AM EST
Well, he's never been constructive, and he's never kept his mouth shut, so good luck with that, Chief.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 12:59:02 PM EST
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Yeah ... please turn to Jesus to solve racism in America today ... exceptionalism 😎

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 06:31:25 AM EST

Drew Brees Kicks Back Hard At Donald Trump; NFL QB Says "We Are At A Critical Juncture In Our Nation's History" After George Floyd Death & Protests

Having had a rude awakening himself on his own short sighted point of view, Drew Brees just effectively sacked Donald Trump tonight on the field of public debate over the ongoing George Floyd death protests and NFL player and others taking a kneel for social and racial justice.

"We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities," the New Orleans Saints QB declared in a new post online this evening.

Clearly looking for another wedge issue to fire up his base heading into the November election, the poll-sagging Trump basically is banging on the same drum he did in 2017. Back in the first year of his administration, the former USFL owner repeatedly attacked Colin Kaepernick for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's sidelines protest against racial injustice during the playing of the National Anthem. Trump also took to ridiculing the NFL for its changing policies on the issue, as it caught fire with many players and unveiled the ire of less-than-diplomatic owners.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired," Trump bellowed to a rally in September 2017.

What does the league's new position mean for Colin Kaepernick?

Malcolm Jenkins

"The onslaught of sh-t that we have to deal with is f-king crazy right now ... Drew Brees, if you don't understand how hurtful, how insensitive your comments are, you are part of the problem."

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 07:34:23 AM EST
by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 12:06:40 PM EST
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Playing politics

In light of evolving evidence, @WHO advises governments to encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread #COVID19 transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments.

Outdoors is not a confined space ... social distancing IS important.

Native born manhood of this America - WASP rising from its ashes after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Why Wasps are an endangered species in the US | The Independent - Dec. 2013 |

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 09:58:47 AM EST
by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 12:35:02 PM EST
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Anne Sikorski-Applebaum the Raving War Lunatic

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 11:40:17 AM EST
I haven't seen any blow-back against her for this, which is probably probably because no one actually cares what she says.  But if it happens, I wonder what her "Gee I had no idea" apology could possibly look like.  It ought to include returning that Pulitzer.  I did better historical research in grade school, but then damned near everything she's written on Russia was revelatory only to the mob of tyros who make US foreign policy.  Russia wasn't coming to terms with its history of oppression?  Name me a country that has.  Democracy was failing in Russia?  Please.  Russia doesn't do democracy.  Hells, Solzhenitsyn's proposal for replacing the Soviet Union was "benevolent czarism."  Putin was implementing an authoritarian regime?  The issue was never whether there would be an authoritarian regime but only who would implement it, and Dear Vlad was always a front runner in that race.  Her reporting in the Telecrap on the Crimean Crisis was simpering brain damage.  She was one of the first to claim the Russians were trying to throw our elections (Yes they are, but so what.  If some Russian bots can actually skew our elections, stick a fork in us now because we're done.).  And let's not forget some of her other high points: She was a tub-thumper for the Iraq war; she supports Israeli aggression against Palestinians; and her sole stated reason for supporting Clintstone over Der Drumpfenfuehrer was that Trump might bring about the end of NATO.  It is one more little irony of our time that she is considered a leading researcher and activist on disinformation.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 01:57:06 PM EST
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Poll: Two-Thirds Think Trump Made Racial Tensions Worse After Floyd Was Killed | NPR |

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 05:49:36 PM EST
by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 05:55:12 PM EST
What's truly disgusting in that chart is that he was above 50% throughout the heart of the COVID-19 crisis, and it was entirely because he was resisting all efforts to meaningfully deal with it.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 01:23:55 PM EST
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Trump Campaign Looks at Electoral Map and Doesn't Like What It Sees | NY Times |

    Signs of anxiety inside the Trump team are evident across the electoral map. Over the past few weeks, the president's operation has spent about $1.7 million on advertising in just three states he carried in 2016 -- Ohio, Iowa and Arizona -- that it had hoped would not be competitive at all this year.
by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 06:19:03 PM EST
by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 07:53:52 PM EST
I am not convinced that a few weeks of springtime demonstrations, regardless of how well-deserved, well-intentioned, or widespread, are going to have much of an impact on the overall system. More than five years of activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the military draft was a direct threat to the lives of privileged whites, didn't end racism or classism or misogynism or X-ism. Hardly made a dent in them.

Maybe, if the underlying catalyst for the current actions is actually something to do with the lack of wealth equity, then they might bring significant change. But there's a long list of failed revolutions in history that were a lot bigger and broader and better organized--and that were backed by some kind of cohesive analysis guiding a political and economic theory--that went nowhere.

by asdf on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 08:06:42 PM EST

High unemployment is slamming minorities particularly hard | CBS News |

The unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May after almost surpassing 15% in April. The African-American unemployment however rose slightly to 16.8%, meaning an additional 87,000 black workers joined the unemployment line in May.

by Oui on Sat Jun 6th, 2020 at 08:18:03 PM EST
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Who Are They? Unmarked Security Forces in DC Spark Fear | Defense One |

On Wednesday, protesters, former national security officials, and legal analysts raised alarms about the refusal of these units to identify their specific agency, and the legal authority under which they are operating. Some critics compared the units to "little green men" -- a reference to the unmarked Russian soldiers who appeared in Crimea, Ukraine, prior to its 2014 annexation.

by Oui on Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 06:02:25 AM EST

"Unacceptable": Democrats sound alarm over unidentified law enforcement patrolling D.C. protests | CBS News |

by Oui on Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 06:04:16 AM EST
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by Bernard on Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 06:19:09 PM EST
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Internautas chamam a atenção: Trump não segue Bolsonaro no Twitter | Correio Brziliense |

Screen shot: After citing that, if he had done like Brazil, the United States would have more than 2 million people killed by the new coronavirus, Donald Trump caught the attention of Brazilian internet users for not following President Jair Bolsonaro on Twitter. The fact moved social networks on Friday night (6/6), when users realized that the Brazilian representative is not on the American's "following" list on the social network.

Brazil takes down COVID-19 data, hiding soaring death toll | Reuters |

by Oui on Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 07:00:56 PM EST
Trump's Buffalo Tweet taken from Russian style propaganda ...

Trump Tweets Unfounded Conspiracy Theory About Elderly Buffalo Protester Injured by Police | TIME |

President Donald Trump on Tuesday advanced an unfounded conspiracy theory about a 75-year-old protester in Buffalo, New York, who was pushed down by police officers, tweeting without evidence that the confrontation may have been a "set up."

Trump, who has called himself "your president of law and order," was once again siding firmly with police over the protesters who have taken to the streets across the country.

With his tweet, Trump attempted to cast doubt on video showing Buffalo police shoving the man, who fell backward and hit his head on the sidewalk. He was seen bleeding from his head as officers walk away.

Trump's conspiracy theory on 75-year-old protester draws sharp backlash | Politico |

by Oui on Wed Jun 10th, 2020 at 06:09:54 AM EST
by Oui on Sat Jun 13th, 2020 at 08:32:54 PM EST
Seattle PD has a history of institutional racism and sleaze that goes all the way back.
by rifek on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 01:22:43 PM EST
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Anarcho-syndicalist commune:

by Bernard on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 05:18:44 PM EST
by Oui on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 06:44:26 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jun 14th, 2020 at 10:18:41 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Jul 6th, 2020 at 10:39:04 AM EST
by Oui on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 10:29:30 PM EST

Seattle City Council Supports Defunding Police Department by 50%

by Oui on Sat Jul 11th, 2020 at 10:36:19 PM EST
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Trump must have watched the Crimea invasion by "little green men".

Today's News from Washington State ...

Trump-Ordered Federal Agents Are Reportedly Pulling Protesters Into Unmarked Vehicles, Drawing Outrage | Forbes |

by Oui on Fri Jul 17th, 2020 at 09:39:56 PM EST
Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets

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 shit. I don't know who you are or what you want with us.'"

Federal officers have charged at least 13 people with crimes related to the protests so far, while others have been arrested and released, including Pettibone. They also left one demonstrator hospitalized with skull fractures after shooting him in the face with so-called "less lethal" munitions July 11.

Officers from the U.S. Marshals Special Operations Group and Customs and Border Protection's BORTAC, have been sent to Portland to protect federal property during the recent protests against racism and police brutality.

A DHS spokesperson responded, on background, that they could confirm Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf was in Portland during the day. The spokesperson didn't acknowledge the remaining questions.

"It's like stop and frisk meets Guantanamo Bay," said attorney Juan Chavez, director of the civil rights project at the Oregon Justice Resource Center.

Chavez has worked on litigation surrounding the weeks of protests and helped lead efforts to curb local police from using tear gas and munitions on protesters. He called the arrest by federal officers "terrifying."

"You have laws regarding probable cause that can lead to arrests," he said. "It sounds more like abduction. It sounds like they're kidnapping people off the streets."

by Oui on Fri Jul 17th, 2020 at 09:42:33 PM EST
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Trump digs in on federal crackdown against Portland protesters | Reuters |

In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Trump attributed the increase in violence in cities such as Chicago and New York by saying "they're Democrat-run cities, they are liberally run. They are stupidly run."

by Oui on Sun Jul 19th, 2020 at 11:08:29 PM EST
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