Portland Protesters Detained on Limited, Inaccurate Information: Washington Post


As protests over the death of George Floyd swept Portland, agents from across the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were deputized to help protect the city’s federal buildings from protesters. But in mid-July on social media, reports swirled about protesters being swept into unmarked vans by individuals wearing camouflage fatigues. To gain insight into the Trump administration’s response in Portland, The Washington Post conducted an in-depth examination of four instances when unsuspecting people were scooped up from the city’s streets by heavily-armed federal agents in the middle of the night, based on information that turned out to be inaccurate or insufficient to charge them with a crime. From detention to release, the four people described experiences they found harrowing and unnerving. Three are speaking for the first time about a federal operation that has become a prominent issue in the presidential campaign

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