Portland protester charged with attempted murder after last year’s violent riots
A man from Indiana has been charged with attempted murder for his role in the violent riots that happened last summer in Portland, Oregon.
Malik Muhammed, 24, was arrested Friday on eight warrants after he allegedly threw numerous firebombs at officers and broke windows and doors out of buildings.
The District Attorney’s Office announced a 28-count indictment against Muhammed, including inciting a riot, unlawful possession of a destructive device, unlawful possession of a firearm, and several counts of attempted murder and attempted assault.
Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a statement, “I am grateful to the investigators who spent many hours over the last few months following up these violent attacks against police officers and the community,” he said, “More investigations are underway. Anyone who thinks they can get away with trying to murder police officers and destroy this city should think again.”
Muhammed will now be extradited to Oregon.
Portland police said Muhammed could be seen allegedly throwing a firebomb at an officer, scorching the officer’s uniform. In a different incident Police say Muhammed threw a yellow ignitable device at officers.
Chief Chuck Lovell said,
“Anyone who thinks they can get away with trying to murder police officers and destroy this city should think again.”