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“Police State War Zone” In Portland

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"Police State War Zone" In Portland

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On June 25th, the Black Lives Matter protests continued for the 28th straight day.

There was violence, as police in Portland teargassed the streets and even apparently pulled people out of their vehicles into the gas.

At least four arrests were made, and police shot with impact rounds at violent protesters.

 

The police continued to push protesters, but they couldn’t disperse them for a long while.

 

There are fires on the streets in Portland.

In contrast, protests in Washington were quite peaceful.

Meanwhile any violence against individuals who express any counter-opinion is greatly celebrated.

Meanwhile, attempts at changing the system are on-going.

The US House of Representatives passed a sweeping police reform bill.

The legislation seeks to ban neck holds of the kind that killed George Floyd and would lift legal obstacles that shield police from lawsuits.

It would authorise $2.5bn for independent investigations of police abuse and open avenues for replacing some police in communities with social workers.

“In America today, a Black American is three times more likely to be killed by police compared to a white person,” said Representative Jim McGovern, a leading House Democrat.

“Police shoot, arrest and imprison more people in our country than in similar advanced nations. It’s the exception when an officer who broke the law when committing a fatal shooting is convicted of a crime. It’s not the norm,” McGovern said.

The White House warned on June 24th that President Trump would veto the measure.

In a policy statement, the Office of Management and Budget called the Democratic bill “over-broad” and “excessive” and said it would “fail to bring law enforcement and the communities they serve closer together”.

The Senate on June 24th failed to gather votes to block a Republican-backed policing bill that would authorize nearly $7bn in new grants for police.

Speaking at the White House, US President Donald Trump said Democrats “want to weaken our police”.

“They want to take away a lot of the strength from our police and from law enforcement generally, and we can’t live with it. We can’t live with it,” Trump said at a news conference.

Meanwhile, in a bid to increase their influence the Democratic Party is to vote on a historic bill that would turn Washington, D.C. in the US’ 51st state.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined with other Democrat leaders to push for the bill to pass on June 26th.

“Tomorrow we will right this grave injustice which is an affront to our democracy,” Pelosi said at a news conference.

The Speaker noted that D.C. residents pay taxes, serve in the military and contribute to the “economic vitality” of the U.S., but do not have representation. “How could it be? Whose idea was that?” Pelosi continued.

Concerned that the vote could be vetoed by Republicans, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said:

“Let’s fight back against the cries that we’re too liberal, we’re too black, or there are too many Democrats,” she said. “The business of America is to make sure that each person is represented fully.”

President Trump in a recent interview with the New York Post claimed that Democrats support D.C. statehood because the district is largely Democratic, meaning the party would automatically gain seats in both the House and Senate.

“They want to do that so they pick up two automatic Democrat — you know it’s 100 percent Democrat, basically — so why would the Republicans ever do that?” Trump said.

“That’ll never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans around that I don’t think you do. No thank you,” the president said. “That’ll never happen.”

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