Police blocked from arresting observers in Portland protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge specifically blocked U.S. agents from arresting or using physical force against journalists and legal observers at the ongoing Portland, Oregon, protests.

The demonstrations have sparked confrontations between local officials and President Donald Trump over the limits of federal power.

U.S. Judge Michael Simon made his ruling late Thursday, a day after Portland’s mayor was tear-gassed by federal agents as he made an appearance outside a federal courthouse during raucous demonstrations.

Protesters have gathered in Oregon’s largest city for nearly two months straight since George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.

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