Portland Federal Agent Kneels on Woman's Back As She Yells 'I Can't Breathe'

A federal agent in Portland has been captured on video kneeling on a young woman's back as she yelled that she couldn't breathe.

The woman identified herself as Noelle Mandolfo in multiple videos posted to Twitter, including one shared by a Blaze TV reporter that captured the arrest outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in downtown Portland in thefa early hours of Monday.

"Get off of me! Why? Why are you doing this?" Mandolfo is heard asking the agents restraining her in the video.

"Stop resisting," the federal officer sitting on her back tells her.

He is seen adjusting position to kneel on her back instead after she repeatedly says that she can't breathe. Another officer is seen kneeling on her arm.

"I can't breathe! I can't breathe! I cannot breathe," Mandolfo adds.

She then repeatedly asks the agents why they are detaining her while they tell her again to "stop resisting."

"What the f*** is happening? Why? Why would you pick me? Why? Answer!" the woman adds. "Give me my f**king phone!" she later yells.

Another video, posted on Twitter by Brendan Gutenschwager, shows an agent removing items from Mandolfo's pockets while another holds her hands behind her back and continues to kneel on her.

In another video shared by Gutenschwager, another woman appears to have been violently restrained and detained by federal agents after stepping in to help Mandolfo.

"Get off me you piece of s***! F**k you!" the other woman is heard yelling at federal agents before two hold her down and other officers form a barrier around the women to keep onlookers at bay.

Mandolfo was left bloodied after she was tackled by a number of U.S. Marshals, according to a tweet posted by Andrew Kimmel.

He wrote: "~30 minutes ago, US Marshals came around the courthouse on Salmon and formed a line in front of the courthouse. After a couple minutes they started snatching people, including this woman who was bloodied after 4-5 paramilitary jumped on her."

"Noelle Mandolfo," she is heard telling the camera when asked her name. "These guys just came at me," she adds.

A spokesperson for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office told Newsweek they had no record of Mandolfo being booked into jail.

But a photojournalist on Twitter said she had been detained alongside Mandolfo.

"I was arrested with her, but I just got released," the user wrote. "She is still being held. Her name is Noelle Mandolfo and she asked me to ask for the public's help with jail support and the [National Lawyers Guild]."

Mandolfo, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security have been contacted for comment.

Portland has seen nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

A white Minneapolis police officer was seen on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes during an arrest while he gasped that he couldn't breathe. That officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other officers involved in his death are also facing charges.

Floyd's death sparked protests against police brutality and racism across the U.S. While they have died down in some places, Portland saw its 60th consecutive night of protests on Sunday.

Earlier in July, the Trump administration sent agents from several law enforcement agencies to the city to quell the unrest and protect federal property, but local and state officials have said their presence is only exacerbating the situation.

Federal agents guarding the federal courthouse that has become a flashpoint during protests have, on numerous occasions, fired tear gas and impact munitions at protesters.

This article has been updated with additional information.

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Federal police are seen detaining Noelle Mandolfo in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse on July 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Spencer Platt/Getty Images