The mayors of Portland, Seattle, Washington, Chicago, Kansas City, and Albuquerque called on party leaders in the US Congress to pass a law recognizing illegal decisions by Federal authorities to send security forces to cities against the will of local authorities.
“We are writing to you to express our continuing concern and disagreement with the potential sending of Federal troops and forces in riot gear to the streets of our cities without consulting local authorities and contrary to our specific request. We call on Congress to pass a law that clearly defines that such actions are illegal and contradictory,” said the letter, which was posted on his Twitter account by Portland mayor Ted Wheeler. The address is addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, the head of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitchell McConnell, and the leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy.
In Portland and several other cities in the United States for more than a month, protests have been held, often turning into riots, which began after the death in Minneapolis of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police.
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed dissatisfaction with the actions of state and municipal authorities, which, in his opinion, do not take the necessary measures to restore order. In this regard, in some cases, military and Federal police officers were brought into the cities, which caused dissatisfaction with local authorities, who mainly represent the Democratic Party of the United States. On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the administration of US President Donald Trump, amid a growing number of protesters and overnight clashes, is going to send more Federal agents to Portland.