Court officials are investigating bans on protesters arrested amid demonstrations in Portland, Ore., Which would ban them from protesting in the future, pending trial.
“We are currently reviewing each case and examining the wording of some of the terms,” Brian Crist, chief service officer for the Portland District Court in Portland, told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “A lot of it will be solved in my opinion.”
At least 12 protesters arrested in recent weeks have been expelled from protests and demonstrations pending federal offenses, ProPublic told Tuesday.
Crist told the AP that he could not comment on individual cases, but said the court looked at each defendant individually and did not have “general conditions”; imposed on everyone.
According to the arrested protesters, the restrictions varied between the imprisoned protesters.
In one case, an order setting out the conditions for release states: “A defendant may not participate in other protests, rallies, assemblies or public gatherings in the state of Oregon,” according to ProPublic. Some allegedly limit the area to Portland, while others do not state geographical restrictions and say, “Do not participate in any protests, demonstrations, rallies, rallies during this case.”
Some protesters told the ProPublics that they felt they had to accept the conditions to get out of prison.
Kevin Sonoff, a spokesman for US Deputy Billy Williams, told the AP that his office did not call for bans on the protest.
“We were only looking for geographical restrictions (five blocks from the Hatfield courthouse) and curfew restrictions. Additional restrictions were added by the court, “Sonoff wrote to the AP by e-mail.
Portland has experienced continuous protests for more than two months, sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
The Trump administration sent federal agents to the city to help local law enforcement agencies protect the courthouse in downtown the United States. Democrats and local officials have condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden intervenes Trump’s report “Law and Order”: Trying to “scare the devil” from people, Pelosi’s furrow Barr after testimony: “He was like a blob” and “helper” for Trump Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 trying to help election chance GOP MOREsending federal law enforcement officials amid reports that officials are detaining protesters in unmarked vehicles.
Trump doubled his support for sending federal officials to the city on Wednesday.
“As far as Portland is concerned, we have taken a very strong stance. They are anarchists, they are radical, crazy people and either they will fix it – Portland, the police and maybe, if the state gets involved, “Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Texas.
“We’re leaving until they secure their city,” he said. “If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice. We’ll have to go and clean it up. “