The Constitutional Crisis Wrought by Trump's Federal Troops
August 6, 2020
In the last month, we’ve seen the Trump administration deploy federal law enforcement officers to Portland, Oregon. Those agents have been documented using sharpshooters to maim protesters, sweeping people away in unmarked cars, and attacking journalists, legal observers, and medics with tear gas. The federal government just agreed to withdraw most of the federal presence there, but simultaneously announced they plan to send agents to other cities including Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee to quote “fight violent crime.”
Critics, including the ACLU, are concerned about how this presence encroaches on fundamental civil rights and are calling for an end to federal abuses.
Hina Shamsi, the Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, joins to discuss.
This episode, The Constitutional Crisis Wrought by Trump's Federal Troops, covers the following issues we work on –