Oregon ACLU sues Portland police over protest broadcasting

Protesters hide behind a shield wall as federal agents fire crowd control munitions down SW Salmon Street after a rally on July 25 turned unruly.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon on Wednesday, July 29, sued the Portland Police Bureau in Multnomah Circuit Court over the police practice of live-streaming protests downtown, saying it violates a state law prohibiting the collection of information about political beliefs or activities.

While the city has not been archiving the videos, the ACLU notes that the federal government can, saying the practice "leaves Oregonians engaging in protected First Amendment activities subject to surveillance by federal law enforcement. The PPB livestream often zooms in on individual's faces which makes protesters vulnerable to face surveillance technology."