SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – While dodging homeless people in her native San Francisco, with the smell of feces and urine in the air around her, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi called federal law enforcement agents looking to quell a nearly two-month long riot across America, Nazis.
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“Unidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti,” Pelosi said. “These are not the actions of a democratic republic. @DHSgov’s actions in Portland undermine its mission. Trump & his stormtroopers must be stopped.”
Downtown Portland has seen over 50 straight nights of criminal violence perpetrated by anarchists targeting city and federal properties and those that inhabit them. On July 3rd, before the surge of DHS law enforcement officers to Portland, Mayor Wheeler said the violence had “been going on for more than a month now” and called for the “nightly violence” to end, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
“Enforcing federal law is not by invitation. The FBI, DEA, ATF, and other federal law enforcement agencies do not require local requests from communities to enforce federal law,” the agency said. “Federal law clearly states that DHS has the authority to protect federal property and arrest criminals who damage federal property or attack federal officers. Local and state leaders have prohibited the Portland police from enforcing laws that could bring this violence to an end.”
The agency also fact-checked the often inebriated Congresswoman.
- DHS officers are clearly identifiable as law enforcement officers.
- Federal law enforcement officers in Portland and cities across America wear uniforms that clearly identify themselves as “POLICE.” Moreover, all uniforms contain other insignia that identifies their units or team.
- In Portland, officers are not wearing name tags because of doxing attacks against law enforcement officers, which threaten the safety of not only our officers but also of their families.
- In the absence of individual names, each officer wears a unique identifier.
“The persistent mob violence in Portland every night and the failure of city officials to maintain law and order necessitate DHS’ increased presence,” DHS said. “DHS law enforcement officers are there to protect a symbol of justice, the courthouse, along with federal property and personnel.”