At least three federal officers deployed to Portland, Oregon, may have been permanently blinded after rioters shined high intensity lasers in their eyes and launched fireworks at a federal courthouse in the city.
Protests have continued to rage in the city for more than 55 consecutive days since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May, prompting President Trump to deploy federal officers to help quell the chaos, a move opposed by Democratic state and local leaders.
Many of the demonstrations have turned violent as groups of rioters have engaged in standoffs with law enforcement, attacking officers with mortars, lasers, rocks, and bottles.
Deputy Director of Federal Protective Service, Richard “Kriss” Cline, told reporters Tuesday that a crowd of more than 1,000 “rioters” surrounded the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse on Monday and began tearing plywood barriers down and throwing objects at officers inside.
The rioters also allegedly graffitied the building, blocked roadways, and lit several fires in the area.
According to Cline, when officers responded to put out the fires, lasers that can cause permanent blindness were shined in their eyes.
“We have three officers who currently have eye injuries and they may not recover sight in those eyes from those laser attacks,” Cline said in the news conference.
You can watch the news conference below. Cline’s remarks begin at the 15:00 mark.
Cline said that FPS has now purchased anti-laser glasses to protect the officers’ eyes.
He added that seven arrests were made on Monday night and early morning Tuesday, two for assaults on federal officers and five others on misdemeanor charges.
Also during the news conference, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf took aim at the city of Portland for its apparent disinterest in quelling the violence.
“These individuals carried lasers, baseball bats, explosive fireworks, metal pipes, glass bottles, accelerants, and other weapons all targeting federal facilities and federal law enforcement,” Wolf said. “And yet the city of Portland takes little to no action.”
play time is over, time to put an end to this joke of a city and mayor. arrest the mayor and AG for acts of terrorism and declare martial law in the city. bar fly pelosi says these federal agents are gestapo. killing a few dozen will create are reality for these assholes and snowflakes. none of these rioters think they can die.
-selected harvesting of leadership is also a necessity long over do.
Arrest the rioters and hold their financers liable
And how do we do that?
Offer deals for less prison time then follow the money back to the original benefactor.
Work your way up the ladder to the very top persons.
Then fit those MFs up for life, and impoverish them by making them cover all the costs for all the damages, personal or property.
It is just like Hamas operates. There are some “peaceful protesters” and there are some rioters. But infiltrated among them, in numbers, in the back, are those trying to provoke a violent retaliation to exploit. The cowards hide among the women and children. The left, the socialists need BODIES and they are trying to get someone to generate some for them.
Democrats need some carnage. Trump will build points with law enforcement and law and order; the Democrats need to provoke a major incident. There is no retaliation against this gutless, chickenshit laser bullshit.
And we wonder what is wrong with black America? How is this not like Hamas?
These women need to have their children removed from them. This is child abuse.
@retire05: Its pretty tame during the day its after 11 or midnight the commies sneak out of their basement lairs to destroy.