Protest against federal agents in Portland is reaching the tipping point as Prez Trump flexes his political muscle against one of the most progressive cities in the nation. Now, given unprecedented local demonstrations against police, many worry that Kansas City could be the next battle ground over federal law enforcement intervention.
Kansas City activist resistance against the feds started in full force on Friday with a brazen attack on KCPD HQ.
The latest move in activist efforts: An online whisper campaign CLAIMS that locals are getting snatched up by unmarked cars. Moreover, check reactions to KC police and political posts and note a great deal of push back against federal involvement on the local level.
At the start of the Missouri special session on violent crime . . . We're hearing protesters will take their game on the road to pressure reps up for reelection.
KCPD has offered assurances that federal agents will not be on patrol or in uniform.
However, skeptics note that KCPD has absolutely no jurisdiction to order or demand anything from most federal law enforcement officials. Yet, it would be naive to contend that both feds & local police would jeopardize working relationships by breaking agreements.
On the other side of the coin, we've noticed that our more conservative pals from both urban & suburban KC want more than just federal agents but encourage NATIONAL GUARD INVOLVEMENT to stop the historic homicide rate. Clearly, there's a wide divergence of opinion that most MSM reports can't really comprehend.
In the meantime . . . There will be more opposition to federal law enforcement efforts but the focus seems to be geared toward pressuring local officials to denounce federal involvement in fighting KCMO crime. So far that hasn't happened.
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Prez Trump Power Play
Oregon officials are lashing out at President Trump for sending federal agents into Portland amid the ongoing protests against police brutality and racism. Both the governor and Portland's mayor told NPR the administration's actions are nothing more than political theater meant to appeal to Trump's political base in an effort to win reelection.
For more than fifty days, protests in Portland have carried on. While many have been peaceful, those demonstrations have also been marked by violence, vandalism, arson, arrests and allegations of police brutality.
An iconic image has emerged on Twitter since early Saturday morning in Portland, when a woman wearing nothing but a mask and cap strode toward federal agents as they fired tear gas at protesters - a surreal image of human vulnerability in the face of an overpowering force.
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