The 36-year-old was indicted by a grand jury after he was accused of shining a high powered laser into a sergeant’s eye during the Portland protests.
The Portland police Bureau said in a press release, “Members of the Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team (RRT) responded to City Hall to restore order. At least one member of RRT realized that Mr. Kelley had repeatedly directed a laser into the RRT member’s eyes, causing injury.”
During a Senate hearing last month, Cuccinelli said, “We’ve had a number of officers who have days-long blindness. So far they’ve all kind of come back if you will. You also get what’s called flash blindness, think of it as the old Kodak cameras where you’d get that blue spot and you can’t quite see your entire field of vision for a period of time.”Many social media users took to commenting on the news of Kelley’s arrest. One such user shared, “He should receive a very severe sentence. Loss of vision has altered the LEO lives profoundly & if anyone is indifferent to this reality, wear a blindfold for an extended period of time. It’s a travesty that I even feel the need to mention the blindfold, compassion is limited to few.”