The federal government is facing another lawsuit over its law enforcement activities in Portland.
The Western States Center, the First Unitarian Church of Portland, two state representatives and an ACLU legal observer are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which alleges the federal government has violated protesters’ 10th Amendment rights. It was filed Tuesday in federal court.
The 10th Amendment delineates the separation of powers between federal and state governments.
“The power to engage in ordinary law enforcement is one of the long-recognized powers that belong to the states and to their municipalities,” said Cliff Davidson, an attorney with Snell & Wilmer, the firm filing the lawsuit.
The Western States Center, an Oregon-based activism group, alleges that the arrival of federal law enforcement reversed progress the organization had made in de-escalating conflict between the Portland Police Bureau and protesters. The organization said, as a result, it has had to expend significant resources to mitigate the harm caused by fed– Read the rest of the story by Jonathan Levinson at OPB.org https://www.opb.org/news/article/federal-police-law-enforcement-portland-oregon-civil-rights-lawsuit/