Portland Protests: Witness Shot in the Arm During Scuffle

Protests continued in Portland, Oregon, where the use of federal agents against the will of local officials has caused protests to grow in size.

Michael, 48, a professional snowboarder and contractor, describes when he got in the middle of altercation between a young man and a group of minors of color. He eventually got shot in the arm.

“As soon as the adults jumped in, he pulled out a gun,” he said. “I jumped in there and pulled the gun away from people’s heads, avoided being shot in the stomach and I got shot through the arm.”

President Donald Trump has deployed the agents amid the sometimes violent protests in Portland, part of a nationwide outcry following the death of George Floyd. The president warned he would send federal officers to Chicago and other cities as well, drawing criticism from Democrats, local officials and civil libertarians.

The Trump re-election campaign has sought to leverage the protests to portray Democratic-controlled cities as permissive and to suggest a victory by presidential candidate Joe Biden in November would mean anarchy. Most of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country have been peaceful.

General police power is reserved to the states and their subdivisions, and the Constitution bars a federal domestic security or police force, according to Monday’s suit, which seeks an injunction against the operation while the lawsuit plays out.

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