Federal Court Limits Portland Police Use of Tear Gas at Protests

From Judge Marco A. Hernandez’s decision in Don’t Shoot Portland v. City of Portland (D. Ore.), released Wednesday:

On May 29, 2020, citizens of Portland, Oregon, joined nationwide protests against the death of George Floyd and other acts of violence perpetrated by police officers against the African American community. While many demonstrations have remained peaceful, violence and destruction have occurred. Plaintiffs in this case challenge the Portland Police [Bureau’s] use of tear gas against protestors participating in these demonstrations.

The Court has reviewed the declarations and video evidence submitted by the parties. Defendant highlights the destruction that occurred on the

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