Democrat officials in Oregon just lost in court.
On Friday, Judge Michael Mosman shot down a lawsuit from Oregon officials who wanted to limit federal law enforcement agents’ actions when making arrests.
Portland remains a hotspot of social unrest and rioting in the country after the George Floyd protests began over two months ago.
With repeated attempts to set the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in Portland on fire, the Department of Homeland Security has sent federal officers in to protect the federal courthouse.
Oregon officials claim that the federal agents’ presence is fueling the riots, but acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf says that his agents are fulfilling their duty to protect federal property.
In pursuit of that mission, the DHS says federal agents have arrested persons for assaulting federal officers on federal property and failing to comply with “lawful orders.”
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) argued that federal agents were making illegal arrests and filed suit to “immediately stop federal authorities from unlawfully detaining Oregonians.”
Judge upends Oregon’s case
The state lost its case this week when it landed on the desk of a Bush-appointed judge, who noted a lack of evidence to support the state’s demand for a temporary restraining order.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman stated, “The State has presented just one example of an arrest without probable cause and one example of an unreasonable seizure.”
“It has presented no evidence of any official orders or policies and has presented no evidence that these allegedly illegal seizures are a widespread practice,” he said.
DHS IG promises investigation
Despite this disappointment, however, an announcement from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general should please Oregon officials.
On Thursday, the DHS IG stated that investigations would be conducted into the actions of federal agents on the ground in both Portland and Washington, D.C.