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Statement from Rep. DeFazio on Escalating Use of Force Against Protesters in Portland

Jul 17, 2020
Press Release

"I am deeply disturbed by the reports coming out of Portland about the escalating use of force against citizens peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights.

"By defying the demands of state and local officials to leave, policing with unmarked federal agents, neglecting to read people their rights, detaining Americans without cause, and brutalizing and targeting peaceful protesters, the Trump administration is trampling on our Constitution and using Oregonians as props to bolster his own failing re-election efforts.

"These are the actions of an authoritarian regime, not an open democracy. All Americans should be appalled by these gross violations of Oregonians’ civil liberties."