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Judge denies Oregon push to limit US agents during arrests

Federal officers use gas to clear protesters in Portland, hours after federal official called them 'violent anarchists'
Posted at 12:59 AM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 01:05:15-04

PORTLAND, Ore. — A U.S. judge has denied Oregon’s request to restrict federal agents’ actions when they arrest people during protests in Portland.

The judge said Friday that the state lacked standing to sue on behalf of protesters.

The state attorney general calls the ramifications of the ruling “extremely troubling.”

Protests against racial injustice that have gone on every night for two months often spiral into violence.

President Donald Trump deployed federal agents early this month to tamp down the unrest despite outcry from Democratic leaders in Oregon.

It's further inflamed the nation’s political tensions and triggered a crisis over the limits of federal power.