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A peaceful protester in Portland was shot in the head by federal agents.

Federal law enforcement severely injured a protester by shooting with less-lethal munitions in front of the federal courthouse in Portland.

Federal law enforcement severely injured a protester by shooting with less-lethal munitions in front of the federal courthouse in Portland.There have been reports of nightly rallies and clashes between protesters and federal police escalating in Oregon after the protests in Portland geared up following the death of George Floyd in police custody in May 2020. A viral video showed police officers shooting a protester in the head with an impact munition outside of the Mark O. Hatfield in Portland, Oregon, on July 11, 2020. Donavan La Bella, 26, was shot in the head by what friends and witnesses said was an impact munition.

This happened after President Trump deployed armed federal officers to Portland, to quell protests. But, it was reported that after they were posted, it has escalated tensions and has led to unnecessary violence and confrontation. Commissioners Jo Ann Hardesty and Chloe Eudaly criticized the actions and have demanded that federal troops be withdrawn immediately. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler issued a written statement asking federal officials to adhere to the same limits on violence against protesters as Portland officers.

Federal officers have much wider latitude than the Portland police to use so-called 'less lethal' munitions because the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and agencies under its command are limited by a temporary restraining order issued in June 2020. That court order mandates that PPB cannot use weapons like tear gas and impact munitions when people are engaged in passive resistance. The order likely would not extend to federal agencies conducting their operations in Portland to protect federal buildings.

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