Court officials are reviewing bans on protesters detained before demonstrations in Portland, Ore. This would prevent them from protesting in the future while awaiting trial.
“We are now re-examining each case and looking at the wording of some of the terms,” Brian Crist, chief of pre-trial services at Portland County Court in The Associated Press, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “A lot of that, I think, will be solved.”
At least 12 protesters arrested in recent weeks have been barred from taking part in protests and demonstrations pending allegations of federal misconduct, ProPublica said on Tuesday.
Cristas said the AP will not be able to comment on individual cases, but he said the court looks at each defendant individually and does not have “quilt conditions” that would be imposed on everyone.
According to ProPublica, the restrictions on arrested protesters under the conditions of release from prison varied.
In one case, the order setting the conditions for release states: “The defendant may not participate in other protests, rallies, assemblies, or public meetings in the state of Oregon,”; ProPublica reports. Some report that the area is limited to the Portland area, while others do not cite geographical restrictions, saying, “Do not participate in any protests, demonstrations, rallies or rallies while the case is pending.”
Some protesters, ProPublica, said they felt compelled to agree to conditions to leave prison.
Kevin Sonoff, a spokesman for U.S. attorney Billy Williams, told the AP that his office had not asked for a ban on the protest.
“We only sought geographical (five blocks from Hatfield Courthouse) and curfew restrictions. Additional restrictions were added by the court, “Sonoff wrote in an e-mail. In the letter to the AP.
There have been ongoing protests in Portland for more than two months, sparked by the death of George Floyd in a Minneapolis police custody.
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On Wednesday, Trump doubled support for sending federal officials to the city.
“It simply came to our notice then. They are anarchists, they are radical, crazy people and they will solve it themselves – Portland, the police and maybe if the state intervenes, “Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Texas.
“We will not leave until they secure their city,” he said. “If they don’t secure their city fast, we have no choice. We’ll have to go in and fix it.”