By Dennis Romero

New York City police officers in khaki shorts and dark T-shirts stuffed a suspect into an unmarked minivan during an arrest captured on video Tuesday, raising concerns about using tactics similar to those attributed to federal agents during demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, this month.

The New York Police Department quickly responded to questions about the detention, which occurred during a protest in Manhattan, saying that no federal authorities were involved and that using unmarked vehicles for that type of operation was customary.

“The warrant squad is not going to use a marked [vehicle] to arrest individuals,” Lt. John Grimpel said.

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