Judge de­nies Ore­gon push to limit fed­eral agents

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD / BUSINESS -

PORT­LAND, Ore. — A U.S. judge on Fri­day de­nied Ore­gon’s re­quest to re­strict fed­eral agents’ ac­tions when they ar­rest peo­ple dur­ing chaotic protests that have roiled Port­land and pit­ted local of­fi­cials against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Fed­eral agents de­ployed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to tamp down the un­rest have ar­rested dozens dur­ing nightly demon­stra­tions against racial in­jus­tice that of­ten turn vi­o­lent. Demo­cratic lead­ers in Ore­gon say fed­eral in­ter­ven­tion has wors­ened the two-month cri­sis, and the state at­tor­ney gen­eral sued to al­lege that some peo­ple had been whisked off the streets in un­marked ve­hi­cles.

Ore­gon was seek­ing a re­strain­ing or­der on be­half of its res­i­dents not for in­juries that had al­ready hap­pened but to pre­vent in­juries by fed­eral of­fi­cers in the fu­ture. That com­bi­na­tion makes the stan­dard for grant­ing such a mo­tion very nar­row, and the state did not prove it had stand­ing in the case, U.S. Dis­trict Judge Michael Mos­man wrote.

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