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Trump’s idea dangerous, stop him! – U.S. Mayors ask Congress


Six U.S. mayors on Monday called on Congress to halt President Donald Trump’s deployment of federal forces to their cities.

According to them, the troops presence has escalated tensions at anti-racism protests spreading across the country.

Federal agents dispatched to Portland, Oregon, have drawn national attention for whisking away demonstrators in unmarked cars, beating a U.S. Navy veteran and tear-gassing activist mothers and the city’s Democratic mayor.


The tactics, condemned by Democrats as federal overreach, have fueled a new wave of protests following demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Trump, a Republican, has pointed to national unrest, including the toppling of statues, as reasons for the federal deployments in a “law and order” campaign as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.

The Department of Homeland Security says its agents are in Portland and other cities to protect government property from “violent anarchists.”

Democratic mayors said the federal interventions, without the consent of local officials, were illegal.


“We call on Congress to pass legislation to make clear that these actions are unlawful and repugnant,” the mayors of Portland, Chicago; Seattle; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kansas City, Missouri; and Washington, D.C., wrote in a letter to the leaders of both parties in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Trump’s federal forces in Portland. Six Mayors want Congress to stop him from further deployment

The appeal followed a surge in Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend with an escalation in violence and the appearance of white supremacists and an armed Black militia.

A person was shot dead at an Austin, Texas, protest on Saturday and two people were shot at a Sunday demonstration in Aurora, Colorado.

In Seattle, police declared a riot and arrested 45 people during a protest over the deployment of federal agents to Portland and a standby force to Seattle. Protesters in Los Angeles clashed with officers in front of the city’s federal courthouse downtown.


Weekend violence in downtown Richmond was instigated by white supremacists posing as Black Lives Matter protesters, police said. A Black militia group marched through Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police who burst into her apartment.

After violence in Oakland, California, during a protest on Sunday, Mayor Libby Schaaf condemned “agitators” for vandalizing the downtown and giving Trump the “images he wants” to justify sending federal agents into U.S. cities.

The U.S. Marshals Service on Monday tweeted it was lining up 100 personnel to send to Oregon to either relieve or supplement officers already in the state for the federal agency’s “civil unrest mission.”


Stephen dies after aging 70 with prostrate cancer ailment..

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Stephen Reed, former Harrisburg Mayor, died Saturday at the age of 70 according to Reed’s family.

Reed tragically lost his battle to stage four prostate cancer.

“He had undergone extensive treatment for that and just a few weeks ago that the treatment was not working unsuccessful and had spread to other parts of his body,” said Randy King, former press secretary for Reed.

Reed served as the Mayor of Harrisburg for 28 years, and was known for revamping the downtown business district and creating City Island.

“He was one of the finest human beings and one of the greatest public servants that the misstate will ever see,” added King.

Back in 2017, he plead guilty to 20 counts of theft of stolen property, after being charged with using taxpayer money to buy hundreds of artifacts for a proposed wild west museum, that never came to fruition.

State agents raided his home in 2015.

Due to Reed’s declining health at the time, the judge in the case opted to waive his prison time.

“He was emotionally devastated by what happened and and it was simple mistakes it was nothing that Steve Reed tried to steal or do of that nature,” said King. “It’s unfortunate that his latter years were filled with controversy but those who know him understand that it was really a political hack job,” he added.

Following the news of Reed’s death, current Harrisburg Mayor, Eric Papenfuse, issued the following statement:

“Mayor Reed dedicated his life to the citizens of Harrisburg and central Pennsylvania. His transformative vision left an indelible mark on every major development project in our capital for over a generation. Harrisburg mourns his loss, and on behalf of our City, I extend my deepest condolences to his family. The flags at City Hall, Riverfront Park, and City Island will be lowered to half-staff in honor of his life of public service.”

Wanda Williams, Harrisburg City Council President, also releasing a statement:

Stephen Reed, former Harrisburg Mayor

“I am sorry to hear of the passing of a hardworking, compassionate and visionary man who’s objective was to move the City of Harrisburg into the 20th century. Although there may be those who may disagree, I personally would like to remember him as a dear friend and would like to extend my prayers to his family.”

Family members are coming in to Harrisburg from across the country on Monday as they begin to plan funeral arrangements.