Expert Praise for Don’t Shoot Portland v. Wolf

Donald Ayer, Former Deputy Attorney General, George H.W. Bush Administration

The lawsuit filed today by @protctdemocracy @DontShootPDX + @WallOfMoms correctly challenges the administration’s attempted overreach. Particularly important as Trump begins sending federal agents into more cities.

Nikolas Bowie, Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Secret police don’t belong in this country. Excellent new lawsuit filed by @protctdemocracy, @DontShootPdx, and @WallOfMoms, challenging the federal government’s use of force in our cities as unconstitutional, illegal, and wrong.

Elizabeth Goitien, Co-Director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice

Important lawsuit filed today by @protctdemocracy on behalf of Don’t Shoot Portland, Wall of Moms, and individual protesters, alleging that DHS agents far exceeded the legal authority used to justify their deployment.

Leah Litman, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Unidentified federal officers shouldn’t be tear-gassing and beating up nonviolent protesters who are advocating for racial justice. Excited to see this new suit by @protctdemocracy @DontShootPdx @WallOfMoms challenging what’s happening in Portland.

Andrew Manuel Crespo, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

BREAKING: New 4th Amendment lawsuit in #PDX filed just now by @protctdemocracy on behalf of nightly protesters, including leader of the Wall of Moms. This is the strongest 4th Amendment lawsuit so far. Similar case in Denver won an order blocking tear gas as excessive force.

Richard Primus, Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

This is a necessary lawsuit. The Administration’s use of armed federal agents against political protestors is dangerous & deeply concerning & augurs very poorly for the near future unless it’s checked. Kudos to @protctdemocracy for answering this call.

Daphna Renan, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

What makes this lawsuit from @protctdemocracy @DontShootPdx + @WallOfMoms so crucial is that it shows that federal authority–though broad–confronts statutory and constitutional limits when usurped in the service of authoritarian tactics.

Laurence Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

The actions of federal agents in Portland violate federal law & the Constitution. The lawsuit filed today by @protctdemocracy @DontShootPDX + @WallOfMoms is an important step in the battle against the unconstitutional actions of the Trump administration.

Steve Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law, University of Texas School of Law

Couldn’t agree with @DaphnaRenan more. That some (or even much) of what DHS is doing in Portland is lawful doesn’t mean that *all* of it is. This new lawsuit from @protctdemocracy, @DontShootPdx, and @WallOfMoms is an important step toward drawing that critical line.

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