In the news, unmarked federal agents wearing camouflage have been kidnapping people in Portland, Oregon and generally harrassing peaceful protesters (Federal Agents Push Into Portland Streets, Stretching Limits of Their Authority). The mayor, police chief, governor, and attorney general (among others) have asked that these federal agents leave, but they are still there. Various court cases are in play which would order them out. My question is, can the Portland police just arrest these agents, and if so, why don’t they?
Note sure if this belongs in GQ or IMHO but I’m interested in whether there’s a factual answer for why the police allow this to continue – what was the decision-making process, etc.