Law Enforcement’s Response to Nationwide Racial Justice Protests

As Americans took to the streets to demand an end to police brutality in the summer of 2020, the Trump administration’s response was one of dangerous escalation and abuses of power. American Oversight is investigating the involvement of both federal and local law enforcement in suppressing, surveilling, and policing the protests.

The May 25, 2020, killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police reignited the national movement for racial justice and police reform and sparked massive protests in cities across the country. As Americans rose up to demand change, federal and local law enforcement agencies responded with escalating tactics and dangerous rhetoric.

Multiple cities saw police deploy tear gas, fire rubber bullets, or use tactics like mass arrests and “kettling” — in which officers push people into tightly packed spaces — that are particularly dangerous during a pandemic. Other reports raised serious First Amendment concerns about the use of covert surveillance and information-gathering on protesters, including the use of military-style drones over demonstrations to provide video to law enforcement.

The involvement of federal officers and National Guard members in the protest response was especially noticeable in the nation’s capital, where thousands were deployed in an effort by Attorney General William Barr to “flood the zone” and squash demonstrations. Many didn’t wear identifying insignia or badges and refused to tell protesters what agency they represented. Low-flying helicopters hovered near protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse crowds.

In one early June incident that heightened the dystopian sense of U.S. cities being occupied by their own military, federal officers fired tear gas canisters and used physical force to push back peaceful protesters demonstrating near the White House well ahead of the District of Columbia’s 7 p.m. curfew. Shortly thereafter, then-President Donald Trump staged his ill-conceived and highly criticized photo opportunity in front of a nearby church, where he brandished a Bible for the cameras. According to reports, the order to push back the protesters came from Barr himself.

The federal government’s aggressive response escalated to a frightening new level in mid-July, when officers in unmarked vehicles drove around downtown Portland, Ore., detaining protesters without explaining the reason for the arrest or who they were. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf’s inflammatory rhetoric about “violent mobs” of anarchists formed the justification for the alarming abuses of federal power, as local and state leaders demanded that federal forces leave.

American Oversight filed numerous public records requests to expose what was happening behind the scenes of law enforcement’s dangerous tactics and the federal government’s aggressive response to the protest movement.

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Updates

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June 5, 2020
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Tips for Filing Public Records Requests in Your State or City

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Records Request to St. Louis, Mo., Mayor Krewson’s Office for Communications with DOJ on Charging Protesters

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Records Request to Illinois Governor’s Office Seeking DOJ and DHS Emails Regarding Operation Legend

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October 2, 2020

Records Request to Kansas City Mayor’s Office Seeking DOJ and DHS Emails

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October 2, 2020

Records Request to New Mexico Governor’s Office Seeking DOJ and DHS Emails

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September 4, 2020

Kansas City Mayor’s Office Emails with White House Concerning Operation Legend

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Wisconsin Office of the Governor
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Records Request to Kansas City Mayor’s Office Seeking Emails with White House

Missouri - Kansas City Mayor's Office
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Missouri - Office of the Governor
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FOIA Request
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Records Request to Albuquerque Police Department Seeking Emails with White House

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Records Request to Cleveland Mayor’s Office Seeking Emails with White House

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FOIA Request
August 31, 2020

Records Request to Cleveland Division of Police Seeking Emails with White House

Ohio - Cleveland Division of Police
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August 31, 2020

Records Request to Ohio Governor’s Office Seeking Emails with White House

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FOIA Request
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Records Request to Milwaukee Mayor’s Office Seeking Emails with White House

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FOIA Request
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Records Request to Milwaukee Police Department Seeking Emails with White House

Wisconsin - Milwaukee Police Department
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Records Request to Albuquerque Mayor’s Office Seeking Emails with White House

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August 21, 2020

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Department of Justice
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August 19, 2020

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August 14, 2020

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August 13, 2020

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August 13, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Documents Reflecting Violent-Crime Reduction Strategy of Operation Legend

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August 13, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Numbers of Personnel Deployed in Operation Legend

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FOIA to DHS Seeking Operation Legend Arrest Data

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August 12, 2020

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FOIA Request
August 10, 2020

FOIA to ICE Seeking Interagency Agreements Regarding Sharing Data on Protests

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
August 7, 2020

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ, DHS, CBP, ICE, DOD and NGB – Federal Deployment Orders and Use of Force Guidelines at Protests

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOD - National Guard Bureau
Litigation
August 6, 2020

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Directives and Guidance Given to Federal Police Forces Responding to Protests

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
August 6, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Directives and Guidance Given to Federal Police Forces Responding to Protests

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
August 6, 2020

No Records Response from USMS Regarding MOU Agreements Concerning Protest Surveillance

Department of Justice, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service
Agency Reply
August 5, 2020

Portland, Ore., Mayor’s Office Records of Protest-Related Communications with Federal Agencies

Oregon - Portland Mayor's Office
Agency Record
August 5, 2020

FOIA to DOJ for Records Regarding Operation Legend Funding

Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Justice Programs
FOIA Request
August 5, 2020

FOIA to DOJ U.S. Attorneys’ Office Seeking Communications About Operation Legend

Department of Justice, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys
FOIA Request
August 5, 2020

FOIA to DOJ Criminal Division Seeking Communications Regarding Operation Legend

Department of Justice, DOJ - Criminal Division
FOIA Request
August 5, 2020

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Communications Regarding Operation Legend

Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
FOIA Request
August 5, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Operation Legend Arrest Data

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FOIA Request
August 5, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Numbers of Personnel Deployed in Operation Legend

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FOIA Request
August 5, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Documents Reflecting Violent-Crime Reduction Strategy of DOJ’s Operation Legend

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - Office of Justice Programs, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
FOIA Request
August 5, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Directives Related to DOJ’s Operation Legend

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Criminal Division, DOJ - Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - Office of Justice Programs, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
FOIA Request
August 4, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Assessments of Outside Entities Exploiting Racial Justice Protests

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - National Security Division, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
FOIA Request
August 3, 2020

FOIA to DOJ for Communications with Police Unions

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 31, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Emails Regarding Protester Classifications

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 31, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking New or Changed Directives Regarding Police Response to Protests

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 31, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Reports and Recommendations Regarding Nationwide Protest Data

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 31, 2020

Response from IPR Regarding Use of Force Complaints

Oregon - Portland Independent Police Review Division
Agency Reply
July 29, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Acting Secretary Wolf’s Decision Memos

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 29, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Acting General Counsel Mizelle’s Decision Memos

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 28, 2020

No Records Response from ICE Regarding Interagency MOU Agreements on Protest Surveillance

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Agency Reply
July 27, 2020

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Whistleblower Complaints Submitted in Response to Federal Agents’ Actions Against Portland Protesters

Department of Justice, DOJ Office of the Inspector General
FOIA Request
July 27, 2020

Records Request to Portland, Ore., Seeking Complaints of Excessive Force Against Protesters

Oregon - Portland Independent Police Review Division
FOIA Request
July 27, 2020

FOIA to CRCL Regarding DHS Activity Against Protesters in Portland

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 23, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Communications with Portland Police Association

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 23, 2020

FOIA to DHS Seeking Communications with Members of the Portland Police Association

Department of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
July 23, 2020

ORR to the Portland Police Bureau Seeking Communications with the Federal Government

Oregon - Portland Police Bureau
FOIA Request
July 23, 2020

ORR to the Portland Police Bureau Seeking Communications with Police Unions

Oregon - Portland Police Bureau
FOIA Request
July 22, 2020

Records Request to Oregon Governor’s Office Seeking Federal Communications

Oregon Office of the Governor
FOIA Request
July 22, 2020

Records Request to the Mayor of Portland, Ore., Seeking Communications with Federal Agencies

Oregon - Portland Mayor's Office
FOIA Request
July 21, 2020

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Directives to Designate Antifa as a Terrorist Organization

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
July 17, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for White House Communications Regarding Portland, Ore., Protests

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
FOIA Request
July 17, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Records Related to Federal Police, Use of Force Guidelines, and Deployment Orders at Protests

Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
FOIA Request
July 14, 2020

Records Request to Georgia Attorney General for Texts About Black Lives Matter Protests

Georgia Attorney General
FOIA Request
July 14, 2020

No Records Response from OIP Concerning MOU Agreements About Protest Surveillance

Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
Agency Reply
July 10, 2020

No Records Response from DHS Regarding Law Enforcement Tracking of Protesters

Department of Homeland Security
Agency Reply
June 26, 2020

U.S. Secret Service Records of Interagency Agreements Regarding Protest Surveillance

Department of Homeland Security, DHS - United States Secret Service
Agency Record
June 25, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies for Records Related to Unidentified Federal Police, Use of Force Guidelines, and Deployment Orders at Protests

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
FOIA Request
June 11, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Assessments on Coronavirus Risk Posed by Use of Tear Gas and Mass Arrests

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOI - National Park Service, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Prisons, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service
FOIA Request
June 10, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Assessments of Protests

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DOJ - Office of Information Policy
FOIA Request
June 10, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Interagency MOU Agreements Regarding Protest Surveillance

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Office of Intelligence and Analysis, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - Defense Intelligence Agency, DOD - Department of the Air Force, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
FOIA Request
June 10, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Regarding Tracking of Protesters

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, DHS - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, DHS - Office of Intelligence and Analysis, DHS - Transportation Security Administration, DHS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - Defense Intelligence Agency, DOD - Department of the Air Force, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOJ - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DOJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation, DOJ - Office of Information Policy, DOJ - U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration
FOIA Request
June 9, 2020

FOIA to D.C. Mayor’s Office Regarding Communications with Trump Organization

District of Columbia Mayor's Office
FOIA Request
June 9, 2020

FOIA to D.C. Metropolitan Police Regarding Communications with Trump Organization

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department
FOIA Request
June 9, 2020

FOIA to D.C. Metropolitan Police Regarding Communications with White House

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department
FOIA Request
June 8, 2020

FOIA to DC Mayor’s Office Regarding Federal Response to DC Protests

District of Columbia Mayor's Office
FOIA Request
June 8, 2020

FOIA to DC Mayor’s Office Regarding Discussion Memos about Federal Response to DC Protests

District of Columbia Mayor's Office
FOIA Request
June 4, 2020

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Records Related to the Federal Protest Response Led by Attorney General Barr

Department of Justice
FOIA Request
June 3, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Records Regarding the Use of Low-Flying Helicopters Against Protesters

Department of Defense, DOD - Department of the Army, DOD - National Guard Bureau
FOIA Request
June 2, 2020

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Order to Use Force on Protesters in Lafayette Park in Advance of Presidential Photo-Op

Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, DHS - United States Secret Service, DOD - National Guard Bureau, DOI - National Park Service
FOIA Request