Peaceful Protester Shot in the Head by Department of Homeland Security For Holding a Boom Box in Portland

A peaceful protester, Donavan LaBella, was shot in the head by Department of Homeland Security officers with impact munition while he was holding a boom box in Portland, Oregon on July 11, reports Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Desiree LaBella, Donavan’s mother, said he suffered facial and skull fractures. He came out of surgery early Sunday morning and was responding to doctors.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) blamed the Trump administration for the shooting, notes Willamette Week:

The consequences of Donald Trump unilaterally dispatching federal law enforcement into U.S. cities played out in Portland with a peaceful protester shot in the head. Trump and Homeland Security must now answer why federal officers are acting like an occupying army.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also slammed Trump and the violence committed by Homeland Security officers:

The events of last night at the federal courthouse were the tragic and avoidable result of President Donald Trump, for weeks, continuing to push for force and violence in response to protests. The cycle of violence must end. President Trump deploying armed federal officers to Portland only serves to escalate tensions and, as we saw yesterday, will inevitably lead to unnecessary violence and confrontation.

(Sources: Oregon Public Broadcasting, Willamette Week, zerosum24/Twitter)

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