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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is not pleased with the actions of federal law enforcement agents on the ground in Portland, Oregon.
As protests against police brutality continued in the city last week, agents associated with the Department of Homeland Security were accused of arresting demonstrators without probable cause and failing to identify themselves before making the arrests. Paul on Monday said "there's no place" for such actions, not long after President Trump praised the troops for arresting "anarchists" and suggested he may send more federal agents to other cities.
#BREAKING: President Trump says he may send "more federal law enforcement" to New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, and other cities to deal with unrest: "In Portland they’ve done a fantastic job." pic.twitter.com/Pe6aDv6AVt
— The Hill (@thehill) July 20, 2020
We cannot give up liberty for security. Local law enforcement can and should be handling these situations in our cities but there is no place for federal troops or unidentified federal agents rounding people up at will. https://t.co/vkSHmlOzDW
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 20, 2020
Paul is often an ally of the president, but his split in this case is consistent with his political history. The senator is associated with the more libertarian wing of the Republican Party and is wary of federal overreach in law enforcement, which he said should be handled in this case by local and state authorities.