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Portland protesters reportedly faced tear gas after the city’s mayor banned the local police department from using it

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Federal officers block a downtown street on September 19, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Protests against police brutality and racial injustice resumed this weekend after activists called for a pause in response to hazardous air quality from nearby wildfire smoke.

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Protesters in Portland, Oregon, reported facing tear gas on protests on Friday and Saturday, just about one week after the city’s mayor announced local police were banned from using it.

In a statement to Newsweek, the local police department said it did not use tear gas, and in a tweet, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said local police didn’t use the gas, also known as CS gas.

Reports by local journalists suggested that tear gas was used against protesters by federal authorities with the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who did not return Insider’s request for comment Sunday.

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Protesters and local media in Portland, Oregon, reported that authorities in the city used tear gas against demonstrators on Friday and Saturday, just over a week after the city’s mayor banned the local police force from using the gas, also known as CS gas.

According to the local NBC News affiliate KGW, demonstrators in the city arrived outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in the city on Friday at approximately 9 p.m. As the outlet reported, independent journalists at the protests reported through social media the use of tear gas by authorities.

Independent Portland-based journalist Garrison Davis tweeted that the tear gas has been utilized by agents with the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Portland Police Bureau and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler denied on Saturday that local authorities utilized tear gas against protesters just over a…

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