Don't Shoot Portland, Wall of Moms sue feds over protest tactics

Federal officers patrol downtown Portland after pushing protesters back from the U.S. Courthouse on Monday, July 20.

Don't Shoot Portland and the Wall of Moms are suing the Department of Homeland Security and several federal agencies, alleging that the federal government's response to Black Lives Matter protests in Portland "exceeds the bounds of what the law authorizes."'

The groups filed the lawsuit Monday, July 27, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They claim tactics federal agents have used against Portland protesters for weeks, such as tear gas and rubber bullets, violate the protesters' constitutional rights to freedom of speech and assembly and due process.