Court officials reviewing prohibition on protesting placed on those arrested in Portland

Court officials reviewing prohibition on protesting placed on those arrested in Portland
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Court officials are reviewing bans placed on protesters arrested amid demonstrations in Portland, Ore., that would prohibit them from future protesting as they await trial. 

“We’re reviewing every case again right now and looking at the wording of some of the conditions,” Brian Crist, chief pretrial services officer for the U.S. District Court in Portland, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “A lot of this I think will be resolved.”

At least 12 protesters arrested in recent weeks have been barred from attending protests and demonstrations as they await federal misdemeanor charges, ProPublica reported Tuesday. 

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Crist told the AP he couldn’t comment on individual cases, but he said the court looks at each defendant individually and doesn’t have “blanket conditions” that are placed on everyone. 

The restrictions, included in conditions for release from jail, varied among the arrested protesters, according to ProPublica. 

In one case, the order setting the conditions of release states, “Defendant may not attend any other protests, rallies, assemblies or public gathering in the state of Oregon,” according to ProPublica. Some reportedly restrict the area to Portland, while others don’t state geographic restrictions, saying, “Do not participate in any protests, demonstrations, rallies, assemblies while this case is pending.”

Some of the protesters told ProPublica they felt they had to accept the terms to get out of jail. 

Kevin Sonoff, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Billy Williams, told the AP his office didn’t ask for the bans on protesting. 

“We have only sought geographic (five blocks from the Hatfield Courthouse) and curfew restrictions. The additional restrictions were added by the court,” Sonoff wrote in an email to the AP. 

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Portland has seen continuous protests for more than two months, sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. 

The Trump administration has sent federal agents to the city to aid local law enforcement to protect a downtown U.S. courthouse. Democrats and local officials have condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE’s deployment of federal law enforcement officials amid reports that officials in unmarked vehicles are detaining protesters. 

Trump on Wednesday doubled down on his support for sending federal officials to the city.

“As far as Portland is concerned, we’ve taken a very strong stance. They are anarchists, they’re radical, crazy people and they’re either going to straighten it out themselves — Portland, the police and maybe if the state gets involved,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for Texas. 

"We're not leaving until they've secured their city," he said. "If they don't secure their city soon, we have no choice. We're going to have to go in and clean it out."