Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw has had enough. In a news conference Wednesday, Outlaw called for “a better way” to address dueling protest groups in the city, and to give police more legal tools to combat and prevent the violence that frequently accompanies these events. Just one day after Communal News called for it, Outlaw asked for new laws that would ban the wearing of masks by demonstrators in the commission of crimes and permit the continual recording of protests. The legal director of the ACLU of Oregon responded, “we have a lot of concerns.”
When President Trump declared a national emergency in November in order to secure funding for the border wall, he predicted a fierce legal battle would ensue, and he was right. In November the president ended a 35 day government shutdown in exchange for $1.4 billion for a physical barrier along the southern border, which was far less than he originally wanted.