Regarding the whole Fed mess in Portland, and their uniforms:
You do remember that this is the blog of a guy who once wrote a ticket wearing this badge on a Bugs Bunny t-shirt, right?
Texas Rangers conduct arrests every day — and have for decades — in slacks, a white shirt, and a very small badge. No name visible, no agency patch, no badge number, and using unmarked cars.
Anyone ever seen an ID number on an FBI agent during their day-to-day arrests? Agency patch? Badge number? Anyone know what the official colour scheme is for an FBI vehicle?
The Border Patrol has been sued over the last decade or so for everything under the sun. If their BORTAC uniforms violated something, one of the rather well-funded law groups who cycle them through the courts would have capitalized upon that by now.
As an aside, don’t think I haven’t noticed folks who have been angrily telling me that “No-knocks are unnecessary — he could have been safely snatched off the street on his way to work!” since 1999 are squalling when people … get snatched off the street.
Likewise, don’t think I haven’t noticed the folks who have been pounding the war drum about “Police should not be using MRAPS and other military vehicles! No militarization of police!” are losing their poo about the police using civilian vehicles.
“Tommy sees”, as Kipling once wrote.
That being said, the current Fed response in Portland is not the way I would have handled it.
What should have been done is that all Federal assets in Portland should have been yanked out and re-located somewhere else. Boise, maybe. All Federal business needed to be conducted, drive to Boise.
You’ve got business in Federal court? Boise.
Your boo gets snatched up on a Federal warrant? He’s in Boise. You bonded him out? He’s been released. In Boise.
I would house all Federal personnel in hotels in Boise, and send an itemized bill to Portland every week for their housing. And when Portland refused to pay, I’d have a press conference on the courthouse steps, explain the issue, and gently explain that because Portland wasn’t paying their bill, we would be deducting the costs from Federal monies going to Portland.
And when Portland started refusing to pay taxes, I’d get my best legal minds to write the arrest warrants, crossing every ‘t’, and dotting every ‘i’, and they’d be incarcerated in Boise.
Portland should be left to burn. They voted the idiots into office who are allowing this to happen, the citizens are tolerating this stupidity, and they should be left to wallow in it until the citizens decide to fix their issues.