On the 17th of July there was a record new number of daily cases in America.
67,164 with a daily increase of 6,454.
In Portland Oregon that week, federal agents in unmarked rental mini-vans picked up protesters off the street, shoved them in the van and drove off. They turned out to be a range of federal agents like Border Protection to U.S. Marshalls.
Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli advised NPR, “The one instance I’m familiar with, they were, believed they had identified someone who had assaulted officers or … the federal building there, the courthouse. Upon questioning, they determined they did not have the right person and that person was released.”
That is one way to describe it, for protestor Mark Pettibone it was a different affair. He was walking home, a van pulled up, people in camo gear and armed grabbed him and tossed him inside. They pulled his hands above his head and pulled his beanie over his head so he couldn’t see. He found himself in a building getting patted down while these men went through his stuff. He was placed in a cell where two officers came him and read his Miranda rights. They asked if he wanted to waive his rights and he told them he wanted his lawyer. 90 minutes later they set him free and found upon exiting he had been inside the federal courthouse. There was no paperwork, citation of record of his arrest given to him.
From the NPR piece, the interim executive director Jann Carson of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon was quoted from a written statement.
“What is happening now in Portland should concern everyone in the United States. Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street, we call it kidnapping. The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.”
It did, protesting at the courthouse became a lightning rod for the community with more and stuff stirred up by federal agents arriving that they literally fortified the perimeter and every night there was violence.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said “We do not need or want their help. The best thing they can do is stay inside their building, or leave Portland altogether.”
Oregon Governor Kate Brown went further saying, “This political theater from President Trump has nothing to do with public safety. The president is failing to lead this nation. Now he is deploying federal officers to patrol the streets of Portland in a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.”
On the 17th of July the World Health Organisation reported globally there had been 13,622,208 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 237,981.
There had been 585,757 deaths with a daily increase of 5,685.
In Australia there had been 10,810 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 315. There had been 113 deaths with a daily increase of two.
In Canada there had been 108,829 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 343. There had been 8,810 deaths with a daily increase of 12.
In the United Kingdom there had been 293,940 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 772. There had been 40,949 deaths with a daily increase of 40.
In India they broke past one million cases in the country with 1,003,832 confirmed cases with a daily increase of 34,956. There had been 25,602 deaths with a daily increase of 687.
In the United States of America there have been 3,472,659 with a daily increase of 67,165. The had been 136,753 deaths with a daily increase of 946.