Protest Podcast: Why are the feds here and can they be forced to leave?

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Expert: Federal response could set dangerous precedent

Protesters walk through chemical irritants dispersed by federal agents at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Following a larger Black Lives Matter Rally, several hundred demonstrators faced off against federal officers at the courthouse. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

PORTLAND, ORE (KOIN) — Among the people tear gassed by federal agents in downtown Portland Wednesday night, was Mayor Ted Wheeler.

The video of it played near the top of most national newscasts on Thursday morning and thrust the continued unrest in the Rose City further into the national spotlight. It also raised more questions about the constitutionality of the federal presence in Portland.

Dr. Chris Shortell has spent his career researching and talking about the relationship between the U.S. Federal government and the states.

He joins the KOIN Podcast network with a look at who these federal agents are, why they are here, and if anyone can make them leave. Plus, we take a deep dive into how what we are seeing on the streets in Portland is already playing in the 2020 Presidential Election.

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