A rioter who threw multiple Molotov cocktails at police in Portland, Oregon, during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests has pleaded guilty to his crimes and has been sentenced to ten years behind bars.
What are the details?
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the news in a press release Tuesday, reporting that 25-year-old Malik Muhammed of Indianapolis, Indiana, pleaded guilty to a whopping 14 felony charges — including attempted murder, assault, riot, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful manufacture of a destructive device.
The news certainly signifies a welcome change of course from Schmidt, who has been the subject of harsh criticism from Portland law enforcement over his abject refusal to prosecute rioters.
In the release, Schmidt included several photos and videos of some of Muhammed’s violent acts, including one prominent act in which the rioter heaved a Molotov cocktail at police, only for it to fall short and “engulf a fellow protester in flames, causing severe injuries to that person’s legs.”
Video of that particular incident was uploaded to social media and quickly spread online.
During that same incident, which took place outside the East Portland Police Precinct Building on Sept. 5, Muhammed was seen distributing baseball bats to other rioters.
The district attorney claimed that Muhammed traveled to Portland in the summer of 2020 with the intent to commit violence in the community and added that Muhammed’s criminal activity “spanned September and October of 2020 and included four separate criminal incidents.”
In separate incidents a few weeks later, on Sept. 21 and Sept. 23, Muhammed attended planned protests at the Multnomah County sheriff’s office and Multnomah County Justice Center, during which he threw Molotov cocktails at police officers.
During the first protest, Muhammed’s Molotov cocktail failed to explode and was recovered as evidence. But during the second protest, the explosive device went off, narrowly missing multiple officers. It did, however, catch the clothing of one of the officers on fire.
In the last documented incident, which took place on Oct. 11 at Directors Park in downtown Portland, “Muhammed used a baton to smash the windows of the Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, and multiple other businesses in the downtown Portland area,” Schmidt said.
Police also recovered a loaded firearm on Muhammed’s person that night.
In addition to the prison time, Muhammed was also ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution.
The Indianapolis Star reported that just three months prior to his criminal activity, Muhammed “emerged as an emblem of peace” in his home city amid protests over the police killing of George Floyd.
He was reportedly spotted at a June 1, 2020, demonstration “marching alongside law enforcement” and facilitating “hugs between protesters and police.”
“Three months later, Muhammed was in Portland, Oregon, where he attacked law enforcement with Molotov cocktails and gave baseball bats to rioters,” the outlet then said.
It was not immediately clear what led to Muhammed’s change in tactics.
Malik Muhammad found guilty on 14 counts