Oregon has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marshals Service, and other federal agencies, alleging that their officers have violated the civil rights of Oregonians by detaining them without probable cause.
In one incident on July 15, the lawsuit states, a man named Mark Pettibone was confronted by armed men dressed in camouflage who took him off the streets, pushed him into a van, then drove him to a building believed to be the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.
Pettibone alleged that he was put into a cell there and read his Miranda rights but was not told why he was arrested. He said he was released without any paperwork, citation, or record of his arrest, the lawsuit states.
The U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) released a statement on July 17 defending a similar arrest of a protester in Portland. In that incident, which had been captured on camera, the agency said they had information indicating that the individual in the video was suspected of assaults against federal agents and for destroying federal property.
Once CBP agents approached the suspect, a large and violent mob started moving toward them, the agency said, adding that the agents, who had identified themselves and were wearing CBP insignia during the encounter, then quickly made the decision to move the suspect to a safer location for further questioning to ensure everyone's safety.
The lawsuit claims that the federal agencies violated the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights of Oregonians.
Rosenblum also announced that state prosecutors are launching a criminal investigation into an incident where a protestor was allegedly seriously injured by a federal law enforcement agent.
The other agencies that were named in the lawsuit include the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Protective Services.
The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.