Federal forces keeping medics from doing their jobs at Portland protests, ACLU suit says

A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union in Oregon claims federal agents and local police have violated the civil rights of volunteer medics by using force against them as they’ve attempted to render aid to injured protesters in Portland.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday alleges multiple incidents in which medics faced rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray as well as pushing and shoving. The ACLU said one clash captured on video was an egregious example.

The civil rights organization states that the July 11 video shows two of four plaintiffs being “attacked” by unidentified federal agents while attempting to provide aid to an “incapacitated bystander.”

NBC Federal forces keeping medics from doing their jobs at Portland protests, ACLU suit says