#OccupyICE Protesters Complain ICE Is Torturing Them By Blasting Happy Music

Protesters complained about an upbeat tune played on repeat in excess of 10 hours on Sunday at the Portland ICE office.

Portland, OR – Protesters camped outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building alleged that agents have “psychologically tortured” them by broadcasting an upbeat song from the building for more than 10 hours on Sunday.

Jim Bianco’s catchy horn-and-banjo ditty, “Easy Street,” soared to fame in late 2016 after it was used repeatedly during an episode of AMC’s hit zombie apocalypse series, “The Walking Dead,” Billboard reported.

During that episode, an imprisoned characters’ captors played the song on a continuous loop.

On Sunday evening, Abolish I.C.E. PDX posted a short clip of the scene outside the ICE building to Twitter.

“ICE has been playing children’s music for 5 hours now,” the caption read, as “Easy Street” played happily in the background.

Temperatures in Portland climbed to 100 degrees Fahrenheit that afternoon, Willamette Week reported.

"It seems to play for a couple minutes and is a continuous loop," a spokesperson for #OccupyICE told the news outlet in an email later that evening. "It's been playing for 10+ hours now."

The agents also kept floodlights directed at the tent city overnight.

“Last night in Portland ICE shined flood lights on #OccupyICEPDX protesters who were camping next to their building,” a Twitter user wrote. “Today ICE is blasting children's music.”

“@ DHSgov Why are you allowing your "police" officers to psychologically torture law-abiding protestors in Portland with flood lights and loud, repetitive music? No one is on federal property, so what is your mission there? Who do you serve?” another user tweeted.

“That's Psy-ops tactics right there. As if the heat and lack of sleep isn't enough to drive you mad, this will surely aid the process. They are trying to break the camper's spirits,” one person wrote.

Protesters alleged that Department of Homeland Security agents had attempted to “arouse and disorient and disrupt” them in the past, by playing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” at a loud volume throughout the night, Willamette Week reported.

"Threatening dad rock with lyrics like 'sleep with one eye open,' was played at high volume, disrupting protester's rest,” #OccupyICE protesters complained on June 28, referring to one of the iconic metal band’s lyrics.

"I know [officers] were having dinner on the roof last night," Federal Protective Service spokesman Robert Sperling told Willamette Week at the time. "If music was coming off the top of the building, that might have been what it was.”

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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

It could have been worse - "It's a Small World" comes to mind, or the sound of a faucet dripping or "Rock Around the Clock" (I like the last song, but imagine the irony of playing that on a loop for 10 hours straight ... )

MzB
MzB

They need to just go TF home and quit protesting! ICE isn't going anywhere cause you whiney little babies want it too!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

ROTFLMAO ! I love it..... these poor babies don't realize they are being serenaded to sleep and want to complain ?

BS162
BS162

Whaaaa whaaaa whaaaa.... protestors should get a job and contribute to society, oh wait they won’t be able to protest because they Have to be at WORK!!!

Helen Hendrickson
Helen Hendrickson

I love it!.! As long as there's no noise ordinance one has the right to play music on their own property! And as for the light well with a lot of " strange" people outside your property one needs lights for protection from break-ins. And since the protesters don't want the police to rescue the occupants they had to do something to feel safe while Under Siege. Oh those poor .... Music and lights .

RPG156
RPG156

I'm not saying those brats are stupid, but they are.

Airborne173d
Airborne173d

SNOWFLAKES.. The laziest group of wannabes I have ever seen in my 70 yrs..go home to mommy and daddy's basement and cry...

Yankee413
Yankee413

They aren't under detention, pick up and move to San Francisco where your illegals have taken over, of course you will have to dodge the dung piles though!

Conwol
Conwol

Well, well. How the tides have changed. Were any Dems/Libs screamed at or threatened at any restaurant they have eaten at? No. Were any Dems/Libs have anyone go to their homes and screamed at? No. Now you see the difference. Class. Where the Dems/Libs feel it is "normal" to harass people, Trump supporters,etc. feel they can handle these classless twits in a more normal way. No one was hurt, threatened, just annoyed. Seems they can dish it out, but when we push back, they whine like babies.

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

Applauding ICE! Give the babies a bedtime song and a night light...still, they cry. Time for all babies to go home to their own beds so the grown ups can do their jobs.

Mom2Boys
Mom2Boys

Yankee 413, you are spot on about San Francisco. I live 25 miles East of SFO but haven’t been there for 20 years. It stinks, there is crime and they don’t like my kind. I’m happy to spend my time and money elsewhere. They can sit in their filth and pick ticks off of each other all day. #MAGA

occupyGETAJOB
occupyGETAJOB

If they don't like the lights and the music they can always go home. I would call it unlawful assembly and just arrest all of them. They can always leave the country also, no one is stopping them. Hell I encourage them to leave... That will show us and I will have a lot more respect for them and understand they are serious about their cause lol

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

WTG, ICE!! I agree with a couple of other posters I think their next music selection should be It's a Small World, lol.

Mom2boys, I like you live within a hours drive of SF and the last time I was there was with family Christmas of 2015. Liberals and their policies have turned that once beautiful city into an open sewer literally. People pay 3000 a month for a crappy little studio apt in questionable areas and then have to dodge the naked man walking down the street while missing the piles of human waste on the sidewalks.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

LMAO......WHINE N CHEESE ANYONE!!!!

Mrs10
Mrs10

As my husband pointed out, it's not torture if you're free to leave!

And like all you have said, Kudos ICE!

C911
C911

That’s beautiful music-like Disney! They seem to love being out there. Ice is just keeping their spirits up!

Schultzie
Schultzie

Suck it up Buttercups

TheZooQueen
TheZooQueen

I can't believe how awesome this is

Propolice
Propolice

Best thing I’ve heard in a while. I’m surprised Starbucks hasn’t sent a delivery for the poor snowflakes🤣🤣. Stay strong ICE and let’s build that wall!

mbfritz
mbfritz

That is hilarious!! Good job ICE!

NCgangCOP
NCgangCOP

They need to play “Let It Go” from Frozen❄️

KrisMCS
KrisMCS

LOVE IT! Play "Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots next!

Karen55
Karen55

love it only a bunch of idiots would sit in a hundred degree weather and listen to music blaring for 10 hours

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Thats not ICE...lol....I will leave it as that!

Rivermaidpe
Rivermaidpe

Be quiet and drive (far away) by the deftones NEXT!!!!!!

Got A Warrant
Got A Warrant

Play Ice, Ice, Baby perhaps?

Redragonlady
Redragonlady

They should crank up this one "The Song That Never Ends"

GetReal.
GetReal.

Change it up a bit. Beethoven would be endearing.

dbosse
dbosse

Play the National Anthem 24/7... real LOUD!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"alleged that agents have “psychologically tortured” them by broadcasting an upbeat song from the building for more than 10 hours " ---- then obviously we should supply all the snowflakes the appropriate safe space and onsite counselors to soothe their fragile minds. Next time its "Double Secret Probation" and ICE will use Lawrence Welk......and a one ,and a two......