In Portland, demonstrators showed up in crowds of more than a thousand people for more than 50 consecutive nights. During those nights, these protesters shone lasers and threw fireworks at a federal courthouse earlier this week. Due to the lasers, at least three federal officers may have been permanently blinded.
More than this, one person also threatened to cut off the water supply in the building.
An article by The Blaze explained that protests have continued in the city since the death of George Floyd in May – “prompting President Trump to deploy federal officers to help quell the chaos, a move opposed by Democratic state and local leaders.”
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According to Federal Protective Service (FPS) Deputy Director of Operations Richard “Kriss” Cline, a crowd of more than a thousand “rioters” surrounded the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and removed plywood coverings. They then attempted to throw objects through the windows at federal officers.
Fox News reported that they also “vandalized the building with spray paint, blocked adjacent intersections and set several fires.”
“When officers responded to put out these fires, glass bottles were thrown and lasers – which can cause permanent blindness – were shined in their eyes,” Cline said. “We have three officers who currently have eye injuries and they may not recover sight in those eyes from those laser attacks.”
Federal officers now wear anti-laser glasses to prevent eye injuries.
According to Fox News, seven people were arrested in the unrest that unfolded Monday night into early Tuesday.