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Department of Justice is conducting a criminal investigation of the incident, OPB has learned. But the nature of the investigation has not been known. Video ed to social media from July 11, , shows LaBella holding a speaker over his head, pointed at the courthouse. Federal officers stand outside the building. One turned on a bright light. A moment later, an officer fired a less lethal munition. It struck LaBella in the face. His body collapsed onto the street. A crowd of protesters rushed to his aid. Donavan LaBella, 26, was shot in the head by a U.

Marshal and suffered a frontal lobe skull fracture during protests against racism and police violence in Portland. Two weeks later, before being released from the hospital, his mom said he still had cognitive problems and struggles with impulse control. The family intends to file a lawsuit. Numerous lawsuits have been filed in the wake of the federal response to racial justice protests in Portland. As the widespread police violence of the summer has faded, many of those have stalled; others ended in dismissal.

None have led to any long-term changes that would prevent a similar response in the future. While the hundreds of federal officers deployed to the city have moved on, many protesters who were injured in clashes with those officers have not. Throughout the last year, prosecutors with the U. s from leaders at the Department of Homeland Security also indicate the officer was not with the Federal Protective Service, the agency responsible for protecting federal facilities.

Two weeks after LaBella was hurt, Erika Clark said she was peacefully protesting when she was shot in the hand by a munition and later pushed by two federal officers while she was complying with their directions. Then, she said, the officer sprayed her in the face and mouth with mace. Erika Clark says she was injured by federal law enforcement officers during the early morning hours of July 26, , in downtown Portland.

In court filings, government attorneys have pushed back against releasing the names of the federal officers deployed to Portland over concerns about their privacy and safety. Instead of naming the officers in the lawsuits by name, attorneys have had to list John Does. Johnson argues the Justice Department has employed a delay tactic to slow the legal process down. If we just forget about it, it will happen again. For the last year, U.

Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, has repeatedly asked the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department questions about the deployment of federal officers. So far, he said his questions have largely gone unanswered. He believes agencies are redacting information people should have access to. Wyden has also asked about whether the officer, or officers, who shot LaBella have been investigated or disciplined.

Officers reported hundreds of injuries. Federal law enforcement officers, along with PPB, dispersed hundreds of protesters from the Justice Center and federal courthouse on the 4th of July during protests against systemic racism and police violence. Protesters ate food, danced, burned American flags and set off fireworks before Portland police and federal law enforcement used tear gas and impact munitions to disperse the crowd.

He retired in January. Cannon said last summer was unprecedented in the city. While the vast majority of protesters were peacefully exercising their rights, there was a smaller group intent on property destruction, he said. It was challenging for law enforcement to navigate that environment, night after night. That approach, she said, risks the possibility of not answering key questions about whether the federal government and law enforcement officers exceeded their authority. That could go a long way with some protesters who have endured long physical and emotional recoveries.

We want him not living in a tent. LaBella said whoever pulled the trigger should have to come forward publicly and for what happened. And they need to be legally, and morally, held able for those actions. For Clark, who was also injured by law enforcement during a protest last July, ability is also part of getting closure. The city of Portland pushed back against federal prosecutors overseeing the Department of Justice settlement agreement on Friday, alleging the federal government itself is at least partially responsible for the more than 6, documented uses of force by Portland police officers in Not mentioned as potential reasons for the massive protests are a laundry list of grievances against the bureau going back decades.

A new report finds DHS was unprepared when out-of-town federal law enforcement officers first arrived in the city. But the inspector general found DHS did have the legal authority to send officers to protect federal property. Streaming Now. BBC The Newsroom. Your browser does not support the audio element.

OPB's First Look newsletter up to get important news and culture from around the Northwest, delivered to your inbox six days a week. June 15, The city of Portland pushed back against federal prosecutors overseeing the Department of Justice settlement agreement on Friday, alleging the federal government itself is at least partially responsible for the more than 6, documented uses of force by Portland police officers in April 29, A new report finds DHS was unprepared when out-of-town federal law enforcement officers first arrived in the city.

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