Top Democrats tell Trump they are ‘deeply troubled’ by unidentified law enforcement patrolling protests in DC
- Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut introduced a bill requiring law enforcement officers policing protests to display identifying information, citing “serious public safety concerns.”
- In a letter to President Donald Trump Monday, the legislation came in light of unmarked law enforcement officers and vehicles patrolling the streets of Washington DC.
- Officers also reportedly refused to identify themselves to protesters and journalists, citing Schumer and Murphy’s letter.
- “Not only does it make it impossible to hold personnel accountable for their actions, it also poses a serious public safety concerns when members of the public are unable to differentiate a legitimate law enforcement officer from someone just dressed up like one,” the senators wrote in the letter.
- Protesters told Business Insider that Washington, DC, is starting to feel like “military state” with the National Guard and other law enforcement agencies being called to police the protests.
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Last week heavily armed, unidentified federal agents began patrolling the streets of Washington, DC. The officers turned out to be riot teams from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.