The San Diego City Council voted to adopt a resolution asserting the city’s authority over federal law enforcement officers.

The CBS8 report said San Diegans can protect their own streets without intervention by federal law enforcers.

At the same time, the city affirms the First Amendment rights of San Diegans in a 6-2 voted on Thursday.

Council President, Georgette Gomez, lead the resolution.

This is after unidentifiable federal police in Portland, Oregon used violence and unlawful tactics to violate the rights of peaceful protesters.

Gomez said:

“This kind of heavy-handed authoritarian behavior is not welcome here.

We denounce the use of unlawful and unconstitutional activities against peaceful protesters.”

Lacks Action

However, two Council members voted “no”, citing the resolution does not immediately create any action other than the above statements.

These are Scott Sherman and Council President, Tem Barbara.

Meanwhile, Councilman Chris Cate was absent from Thursday’s meeting.

However, Matt Yagyagan, council director of government affairs for Gomez, argued that the city could call on the city attorney’s office regarding this matter.

Adding the city attorney’s office may “monitor” legislation and actions by the Department of Homeland Security.

At the same time, they will observe other federal agencies regarding the deployment of federal officers in San Diego.

Yagyagan continued that this can be part of an ongoing effort and not necessarily part of additional resolutions or an ordinance.

Call Into Action

The call into action was prompted by a leaked DHS document.

The document named 18 cities it was potentially exploring deploying federal police to.

Included in the list is San Diego.

This was leaked on June 5th.

Other Concerns And Opinions

The ongoing presence of federal officers in Portland caused some concerns and opinions.

Greg Block, a member of the Truman National Security Project, said federal officers dramatically exceeded authority in Portland.

According to him, the federal officers overstepped “well beyond their stated mission of protecting federal buildings.”

Andy Kopp, also of the Truman Project, said this federal police were endangering the rights of Americans.

He cited that they were “untethered from accountability to local communities.”

Councilman Mark Kersey, said he supported San Diegans’ First Amendment rights.

Adding he had “no interest” in seeing the federal government sending in police to quell peaceful protests.

“But no one has a right to violent behavior in the name of the First Amendment,” he added.


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