Protect Civil Rights Protesters from Violent Federal Forces

Target: Chad F. Wolf, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Goal: Remove federal forces from Portland to protect the safety and free speech of protesters.

Federal forces in unidentifiable uniforms have detained civil rights protesters in Portland without sufficient reason for arrest. After peaceful protests, federal officers in camouflage emerged from unmarked minivans and grabbed several of the demonstrators off the street and questioned them in a holding cell. These detentions were made with no clear explanation and without warrants.

The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause. Forcibly removing demonstrators from the streets also jeopardizes their free speech, which is protected by the First Amendment. These troops have been sent to protect federal property from demonstrations against racism, instead of actually protecting the American people.

Not only have federal forces been randomly arresting peaceful protesters in Portland, they’ve also been attacking demonstrators with chemical warfare. While local police have been banned from using tear gas and rubber bullets in Portland, these weapons have been used on protesters by federal forces. Despite the claims that these weapons are a safe method of crowd control, they have frequently been used by the police to incite violence at what are often peaceful demonstrations. Tear gas and rubber bullets are known to have dangerous and potentially fatal effects, such as blindness, respiratory failure, and injury.

Between inhibiting free speech and injuring demonstrators, federal forces have served only to harm the community in Portland. These actions have the eerie impression of fascism and should not be tolerated. Sign the petition to demand that federal forces be removed from Portland to protect the safety and free speech of protesters.


Dear Secretary Wolf,

Federal forces in Portland have attacked and arrested innocent protesters, as well as incited violence at peaceful demonstrations.  Several demonstrators have been detained by unidentifiable federal forces in the past few weeks without an explanation for their arrest. Arresting without probable cause is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment, and these arrests also inhibit free speech, which is against the First Amendment.

Additionally, federal troops have used tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters, both of which are banned in Oregon. These crowd control methods are dangerous and potentially lethal, with possible effects of blindness, respiratory failure, and injury. Demonstrators should not be attacked and arrested as they peacefully fight for change. I demand that you remove federal forces from Portland to protect the safety and free speech of protesters.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Matcha Chai

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One Comment

  1. I do not live in Portland, only get my information from the news. When did law and order become the enemy? Peace will never come from riots, destroying property, and hate. If the people that live in unrest hoping for a different or peaceful outcome for everybody, their demands will be seen as hypocritical instead of seeking real change.

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