The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the actions of Ministry employees in suppressing riots in Washington and Portland (Oregon), according to the OIG.
“In response to congressional requests, complaints received by the OIG, and instructions from the US attorney in Oregon, the Department of justice’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) began investigating allegations of use of force involving Department of justice law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon, in July 2020. The Justice Department will coordinate our investigation with the Department of homeland security,” the Department said in a statement.
Also, it is indicated that, in response to requests from members of Congress and members of the public, the Department of justice is initiating an investigation into the role and responsibilities of the Department of Justice and its law enforcement units in responding to protests and riots in Washington and Portland over the previous two months.
The investigation will examine what kind of training the officers received, how they met the requirements for self-identification, that is, whether they wore insignia, how they used ammunition, and unique means to suppress riots.
Earlier, some Democrats in the House of Representatives of the US Congress asked the inspectors general of the Ministry of Justice and the Department of homeland security to conduct an audit of the actions of these agencies in the crackdown in the city of Portland, where protests have been going on for almost two months. Also, democratic senators have prepared a bill that would limit the powers of federal law enforcement agencies.