Did Feds Overstep in Portland? A Watchdog Will Take a Look

Inspector general of the Justice Department announces investigation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2020 3:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – The mayor got tear-gassed. Protesters described being manhandled and whisked away by camo-clad men in vans. Now a government watchdog is going to investigate whether the actions of federal officers during Portland's protests have gone too far, reports the Washington Post. Coverage:

  • Michael Horowitz, inspector general of the Justice Department, announced the investigation on Thursday. The inspector general operates independently of Attorney General William Barr. The probe will be coordinated with the IG of the Department of Homeland Security, reports USA Today.
  • The primary focus will be the officers' use of force in Portland, per Law & Crime, but the investigation will look at other incidents as well, including the clearing of protesters near the White House on June 1 to make way for a photo op by President Trump.

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