Portland protests grow after federal intervention, drawing wall of moms, 'Naked Athena'

Protesters in Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon, was grappling with dwindling anti-racism protests and adjacent acts of vandalism in early July, weeks after police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis. But state and local officials all agree a surge of federal agents made everything much worse.

Portland Mayor Tom Wheeler, Gov. Kate Brown (D), and other Oregon officials are demanding the federal agents leave Portland — President Trump and the Homeland Security Department's acting leaders are refusing — and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sued DHS and U.S. Marshals Service in federal court Friday, seeking a restraining order to "immediately stop federal authorities from unlawfully detaining Oregonians." The top federal prosecutor in Oregon also asked for an investigation by federal inspectors general. So did the leaders of the House Oversight, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees.

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