Carson City, NV (July 24, 2020) – Today, Patricia Ackerman, Congressional Candidate, addressed the unwanted, unrequested use of federal troops in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.
Federal troops were deployed to Portland in response to people protesting the killing of George Floyd. As tensions escalated near federal buildings on Thursday and Friday, militarized troops took extraordinary measures, forcibly taking people off of the streets and into unmarked cars.
“I’m deeply concerned by the federal government’s abuse of civil liberties at the direction of Donald Trump. This is a political stunt that is endangering American citizens & violating their rights,” stated Ackerman. “The deployment of troops is an example of severe government overreach. We should not allow this to continue to happen. It’s disheartening to see Mark Amodei, so often quick to call for state’s rights, now silent. Leaders lead even when it may make you unpopular with your party bosses.”
Many public officials have taken a stance on these unconstitutional actions, however incumbent and opponent Mark Amodei is yet to make a statement addressing this.
Ackerman continued: “Imagine if this was occurring in Reno; camouflaged individuals walking Virginia Street, firing rounds into crowds and deploying tear gas against our citizens. The way this is being handled is simply un-American.”