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Esper concerned over federal agents dressed like military troops in U. S. cities

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Images of federal agents in Portland this week echoed June’s protests, when law enforcement used violence against mostly peaceful protesters.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has raised concerns within the administration about federal agents patrolling the streets of U. S. cities in camouflage uniforms similar to those worn by troops in war zones, his spokesperson said Tuesday.
After nationwide protests over racial injustice and police violence erupted in June, Esper expressed concern that in some cases, federal law enforcement officers were being confused with troops because of their similar uniforms, said Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesperson. Esper urged efforts to more clearly distinguish between the two, Hoffman said.
“We saw this take place back in June when there were some law enforcement that wear uniforms that make them appear military in appearance,” Hoffman said.

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