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Taya Graham: Hello. My name is Taya Graham and welcome to The Police Accountability Report. As I never get tired of saying, this show has a single purpose: holding the politically powerful institution of policing accountable. But we don't just focus on the misbehavior of individual cops. Instead, we go behind the headlines and explore how the system itself bolsters bad behavior.
And today, we're going to look at how that system works from the inside. First, by taking a look at this internal FBI memo about how federal agents spy on people's Facebook posts. And then second, by talking to people in Portland who have seen firsthand how secret federal agents are acting on that information to make questionable arrests.
But before we get started, I want you watching to know that if you have evidence of police misconduct, please email it to us privately at email@example.com and we might be able to investigate.
And please like, share and comment on our videos. You know I read your comments and appreciate them. And of course, you can message me directly @tayasbaltimore on Facebook or Twitter.
Okay, we've got that out of the way. Now, I'm sure by now, most of us have seen this. Secret federal police detaining federal protesters in Portland. As this video posted by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley on his Twitter account reveals, the agents have no external markings, no badge numbers, and according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, no legal basis for detaining US citizens. Let's remember that most policing is a function of local government. Federal cops have little jurisdiction over local laws. Instead, they are empowered to protect federal property, the border or enforce federal statutes.
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