Protesters in Portland, Oregon, clash with police, federal officers during chaotic night

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Videos on social media show federal officers in camouflage aiming weapons and using smoke to press protesters back.
Democratic members of Oregon's congressional delegation said Friday they will demand a federal investigation into the deployment of federal officers in Portland, where local leaders say their presence outside federal buildings has inflamed tensions during nightly protests and led to violent confrontations in recent weeks.

The lawmakers want the inspectors general of the departments of Homeland Security and Justice to review the "unrequested presence and violent actions" of "paramilitary forces with no identification indicating who they are or who they work for."

A spokesman for Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said she remains concerned about allegations that federal officers under the direction of President Donald Trump may be arresting people in violation of their constitutional rights. Her office has asked the Department of Homeland Security to stand down its officers, spokesman Charles Boyle said, but "federal law enforcement agencies are not communicating with us about their activities."

"Governor Brown has called for Trump's federal officers to leave Portland and stay off our streets," the statement said.

The ACLU on Friday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland that seeks to prevent federal agents from "arresting, threatening to arrest or using physical force directed against any person whom they know or reasonably should know is a Journalist or Legal Observer."

"Under the direction of the Trump administration, federal agents are terrorizing the community, risking lives, and brutally attacking protesters demonstrating against police brutality," Kelly Simon, interim legal director with the ACLU of Oregon, said in a statement.

Hundreds of protesters jammed the streets overnight Thursday and said federal officers deployed tear gas and impact munitions, which are less lethal than regular munitions, to keep people from federal facilities.

The chaotic night was the latest unrest to flare in Portland, where Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad…
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