Portland’s violent protests have a long history

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The multi-week riots in Portland drove Democratic Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden to blame the Trump administration for the violence. But the civil unrest takes place amid years of destructive protests against the city and its residents.

Both Merkley and Wyden proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act bill, now being considered in the House and Senate, to limit the use of federal law enforcement against violent protesters in cities like Portland.

The amendment would mandate federal agents, while making arrests or assisting with crowd control, have to show “identifying information in a clearly visible fashion.” That would include the agency’s name and the agent’s last name at all times. The use of unmarked vehicles would also be prohibited during these arrests.

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