The cities of Portland, Oregon, and Oakland, California, filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday claiming that the Trump administration’s effort to maintain law and order in U.S. cities and to protect federal property was unconstitutional.
The lawsuit said that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security unconstitutionally took over police duties in those cities, where, in the case of Portland, police have faced almost nightly violent riots that have resulted in property damage, injuries, and even deaths.
The genesis of the lawsuit comes from President Donald Trump signing an executive order in June to fulfill the federal government’s responsibility to protect the American people and federal property.
Portland and Oakland filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing the DOJ and DHS of unconstitutionally taking over law enforcement responsibilities in the cities under policies implemented after President Trump’s EO signed in June. https://t.co/jffUf4tpDB
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