I Was Tear Gassed in Portland ... and Not Only by the Feds - CounterPunch.org

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Published: Jul 31, 2020
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55% Liberal


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This article includes the following sentiments, providing an average bias score of 55% Liberal:

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90% "Many other communities are pushing broader funding cuts to police departments, reinvesting in human needs, and in some cases questioning the need for modern policing altogether."
88% "Just as the nation had begun to grapple with what should be done about police violence, President Donald Trump unleashed federal agents on the place I call home."
81% "Now, more cities are bracing themselves for an influx of federal agents eager to coordinate with local police."
79% "Federal overreach is definitely part of this story -- rest assured, I want those camouflaged troops out of Portland and every other city."
77% "Ending the 1033 program isn't a catchall for addressing police brutality and excessive use of force."
69% "My eyes burned, oozed tears, and clamped closed."
68% "It was my birthday, July 21, and we were participating in a nonviolent Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon."
65% "I can't see, my fiancé screamed in panic."
59% "It pinched my nose from the inside, burning deep in my nasal cavity."
-51% "Weapons of war should not be available to local police departments."
-66% "All unwarranted equipment provided to police departments through the 1033 program should be returned to the Department of Defense, and the program must come to an end."
-69% "If you give police high-caliber guns, armored vehicles, flash bang grenades, bullet-proof vests, and other equipment designed for warfare, you shouldn't be surprised when they treat those they are supposed to protect like enemy combatants, and recreate warzones from abroad right here on American soil."
-76% "If it wasn't apparent before, there is no denying it now:"
-80% "For starters, the Poor People's Campaign and other movements have put forth a demand for city governments and state legislatures to ban participation in the infamous 1033 program, which allows the Department of Defense to give excess military-grade equipment to local authorities for free."
-95% "Nevertheless, ending 1033 would be a colossal step in the right direction, and would indisputably save lives."

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90% : Many other communities are pushing broader funding cuts to police departments, reinvesting in human needs, and in some cases questioning the need for modern policing altogether.
88% : Just as the nation had begun to grapple with what should be done about police violence, President Donald Trump unleashed federal agents on the place I call home.
81% : "I can't breathe," I yelled back.
81% : But the truth is, local Portland police were brutalizing and tear gassing people long before the first federal boot hit the pavement.
81% : Now, more cities are bracing themselves for an influx of federal agents eager to coordinate with local police.
79% : Federal overreach is definitely part of this story -- rest assured, I want those camouflaged troops out of Portland and every other city.
77% : It's been the same story across the country, as police at all levels have responded to protests against police brutality with alarming violence.
77% : Ending the 1033 program isn't a catchall for addressing police brutality and excessive use of force.
69% : My eyes burned, oozed tears, and clamped closed.
68% : It was my birthday, July 21, and we were participating in a nonviolent Black Lives Matter protest in Portland, Oregon.
65% : "I can't see," my fiancé screamed in panic.
64% : Men with weapons and armor charged forward, protected by qualified immunity and licensed to kill us on a whim.
59% : It pinched my nose from the inside, burning deep in my nasal cavity.
49% : Weapons of war should not be available to local police departments.
45% : The agents, summoned from special Customs and Border Protection units, the U.S. Marshall Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have been snatching protesters off the streets and throwing them into unmarked vehicles without any charges.
34% : All unwarranted equipment provided to police departments through the 1033 program should be returned to the Department of Defense, and the program must come to an end.
31% : And when they're not tear gassing our moms, they're cracking our skulls with so-called "less-lethal" munitions.
31% : If you give police high-caliber guns, armored vehicles, flash bang grenades, bullet-proof vests, and other equipment designed for warfare, you shouldn't be surprised when they treat those they are supposed to protect like enemy combatants, and recreate warzones from abroad right here on American soil.
24% : My throat slammed shut as my body tried to block out the fumes.
24% : If it wasn't apparent before, there is no denying it now:
20% : This epidemic of violence is why activists have been chanting to "defund" and "demilitarize" the police.
20% : What might that mean?
20% : For starters, the Poor People's Campaign and other movements have put forth a demand for city governments and state legislatures to ban participation in the infamous 1033 program, which allows the Department of Defense to give excess military-grade equipment to local authorities for free.
5% : Nevertheless, ending 1033 would be a colossal step in the right direction, and would indisputably save lives.

*Our bias meter rating uses data science including sentiment analysis, machine learning and our proprietary algorithm for determining biases in news articles. The rating is an independent analysis and is not affiliated nor sponsored by the news source or any other organization

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