PORTlaND, OREGON: A grand jury had indicted a man on Tuesday, September 15. The man had been accused of injuring a Portland police Bureau sergeant after he shined a high powered laser into his eyes during a protest.
36-year-old Bryan Kelley was charged with one count of second-degree assault, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer, Katu reports. As per the indictment, Kelley had purposely used the laser against the officer.
The authorities have been reportedly been investigating the incident that had taken place during a demonstration on August 25 which continued over into the hours of August 26. Court documents revealed that a police officer had seen Kelley on many occasions, aiming a blue laser into his eyes.
The officer shared that the laser hit him in the eyes many times and he was forced to look away given the intensity of the laser. The authorities had found and arrested Kelley from close to Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street. The police had recovered a blue laser in his back pocket while they had arrested him, court documents revealed. The police said that detectives had later tested the laser by pointing it at a piece of cardboard which eventually burned. The Multnomah Co. District Attorney’s office revealed how the officer had reported having problems with his eyes because of the laser.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced on Tuesday that the laser “was so powerful that it would burn through paper and cause dry material to catch fire.” The Portland police Bureau had also shared a video online of the laser burning a piece of cardboard, fox news reports.
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.”
The authorities have frequently encountered dangerous lasers while dealing with protests across the country. Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Ken Cuccinelli revealed how many federal officers had been temporarily blinded because of lasers during the Portland protests.