PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A confrontation between federal police officers and protesters left a man badly injured in the hospital and sparking outrage from federal, state and local lawmakers. 

Donavan Labella,26, was seriously hurt and may have brain injuries after a federal officer shot him in the head with an impact munition on Saturday, his mother said. 

Labella's mother says it happened at a protest in Portland, and video appears to show the moment it happened.

Twitter video from Saturday night near the Federal Courthouse shows Labella holding what looks like a speaker over his head when an officer throws a canister that lands near his feet.

The he kicks it, before picking it up and throwing it back towards officers.

When Labella lifts up the speaker again, the sound of a shot is heard, and then the man suddenly drops to the ground.

People nearby said a federal officer shot him with an “impact munition.”

Labella's mother told FOX 12 on Sunday that her son was shot in the forehead and some of his optical bones are now shattered. He may also possibly have brain injuries.

She says a titanium plate has been put in his forehead, but he should survive. She’s blaming federal officers.

On Sunday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown responded to the video, saying in a statement, “The events of last night at the federal courthouse were the tragic and avoidable result of President Donald Trump, for weeks, continuing to push for force and violence in response to protests. The cycle of violence must end. President Trump deploying armed federal officers to Portland only serves to escalate tensions and, as we saw yesterday, will inevitably lead to unnecessary violence and confrontation."

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden also commented, saying, “The consequences of Donald Trump unilaterally dispatching fed’l law enforcement into U.S. Cities played out in Portland w/a peaceful protester shot in the head. Trump & Homeland Security must now answer why fed’l officers are acting like an occupying army.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley wrote on Twitter, “Given Trump’s misuse of force against protesters outside the White House and elsewhere, the deployment of federal agents in Portland raises serious concerns. We need answers.”

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty also released a statement, which read:

Last week it was disconcerting to see militarized federal officers with war weapons embedded with the Portland Police Bureau and stationed around Portland. Since then their presence brought on an escalation of violence towards protesters – an extreme response to a movement challenging police violence. This reckless and aggressive behavior has now put someone in the hospital. This protester is still fighting for their life and I want to be clear: this should never have happened. If this continues a life will be taken and it won’t matter whether a federal officer or Portland Police officer did it – it won’t bring that person back.

While I absolutely condemn the federal troops’ presence in Portland and demand that they withdraw, I am not naïve enough to think that their withdrawal alone will solve the issue. Even prior to the federal troops entering Portland, reports and videos of police violently responding to protesters came out nightly. Watching things reach a boiling point, I sent an open letter to Chief Lovell asking him to de-escalate the events unfolding and to publicly explain his and the bureau’s response to the nightly protests.

While we need to continue to challenge systems of white supremacy, including the ‘ok’ symbol found in the window of the Hatfield Courthouse, we also need to examine and tackle our own responsibility and complacency in these systems. It is our police force that has been responding violently to protesters before the federal troops entered the stage. If Portland will not lead in de-escalating the situation then the federal troops will take lead, and we have already seen how dangerous that will be for Portlanders exercising their first amendment rights.

We have had more than enough. The federal troops need to withdraw immediately, and after that we have the hard task of picking up the pieces and responding to what the public and this movement asks of us.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released a press release which said:

A person was seriously injured in Portland last night. This should not have happened. I spoke with US Attorney Bill Williams about the injuries and learned that the U.S. Marshals Service will be conducting a full investigation. I am calling on the federal government to be thorough and transparent with their findings. I’m concerned that the actions of federal officers last night escalated, rather than de-escalated, already heightened tensions in our city.

We are now more than a month and a half into witnessing nightly violence on our streets. Portland continues to be used as a staging ground for violence night after night. This is causing unprecedented harm to our communities, livelihoods, and Portlanders continue to fear for their safety. My main concern is this: that the continuing violence will lead to further injuries or even deaths. Nobody in Portland wants to see that happen. That is why I put into place restrictions on the Portland Police Bureau, limiting the use of CS gas and LRAD to only life safety situations. Portland Police Chief Lovell knows my direction and expectation of the bureau: to end the nightly violence as quickly and safely as possible. I am calling on the federal government to adhere to the same directives as our Portland Police Bureau when it comes to crowd control munitions.

I am also calling on our city, county and federal partners as well as our entire community to join me in our call to move our city forward in peace so that we can begin the necessary work of rebuilding, reforming, protecting our community from a global pandemic, and dismantling systemic racism. We must end this nightly violence in Portland. Lives are at stake.

Portland police say on Saturday night, protesters started to gather near the federal courthouse at about 8:30 p.m.

Over the next five hours, federal officers used CS gas and other crowd deterrents to break up the demonstrations and made arrests.

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(101) comments

Roberto Estrello Demar

So ... WHAT, in YOUR parlance, is the DIFFERENCE between a "protester" and a "rioter"?

Just curious

Report my comment about the Justice system being rigged is true, because the Judges get more money from "Public Employee Retirement System" then many of the lowly people on this system. The Oregon State "Duck Coach" really took a big Salary from this system. He gets over $50,000. 00 a month.

Insomn

So, how can one be a "non-violent" when throwing a grenade? That appears to me to be a stun grenade aka flashbang. Which he throws at law enforcement. So, he damages police equipment (kicking), is caught in possession of an explosive/destructive device, and is seen throwing it at police. Regardless, of a gun being loaded or unloaded. If you point it at a police officer and he shoots you for it. H'es 1000% in the right and so is anyone! Stand your ground laws are real. Let alone when you're a rioter at a riot caught being in possession of an explosive device.

lanquan

Will everyone please write to Wyden, Merkley, Hardesty, Wheeler, Brown and anyone else you can think of as they need to know that we're upset (can't use the words I want) and that they are all crazy. We know the score as we're the ones in the thick of this mess, we are dealing with our lying politicians! The destruction and ongoing rioting courtesy of City Hall, the Governor's office and these Senate clowns who know nothing

makeme

There will be no brain damage, for obvious reasons. It's past time for lethal force!

PDX2MtHood

A brain injury for someone with no brain to begin with?

Frederick Fukov

I've seen the video, and the domestic terrorist who was injured ignored commands to disperse. Furthermore, he obstructed police by taking the smoke grenade, tear gas cannister or whatever it was, and tossed it back at law enforcement. This terrorist was among the same group of people who had committed several acts of vandalism and arson..again, for the 48 night in a row. That he got hit in the eye or forehead with apparently a rubber bullet is too bad. But maybe if these aye holes would go get jobs, if they would do something constructive with their lives, instead of antagonizing the police, destroying public and private property, ruining businesses, looting, setting fire, throwing bricks, throwing water bottles, throwing molotavs, and shooting ball bearings from wrist rockets at public servants, maybe..just maybe the public servants wouldn't..ya know..fire back. How would that be? Ya know..it's like..what the heII do they expect? Just because Ted's a wimp and a coward, doesn't mean the police are. Maybe if more of those little anarchist losers get sent to the hospital, or better off..the morgue, then they might get the message that 50 nights is enough. Oh, I know..it's harsh to wish harm or even death, but I don't look at it that way. I look at these people as the enemy, not my fellow countrymen. They are clearly anti-American. As far as I'm concerned, this isn't about free speech. This is about attacking America, and Americans. Face it..these losers in the streets ARE the enemy, and looking at them in any other way it just plain ignorant.

Just curious

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbupBravo Frederick, just what the rioter needed, and I hope he lives to be sentenced to the big house. These people out late at night aren't protesters they are "rioters".

Meoofe

I'm glad he got some sense knocked into him!!!

jburn

"Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden" ????? Wyden is really the 3rd Senator for New York.

Wyden lives in New York, his wife lives in New York, their children grew up in New York, their primary residence is in New York, he occasionally visits Oregon.

He has no connection to Oregon, he is not our Senator.

Just curious

jburn what you stated is true about Senator Wyden, but until he is voted out he is the only way to get our message to the Government.

Son of Fukov

Merkey: You need answers as to why Trump has deployed federal officers to US cities? How hard is this to understand? In Oregon it is because of the do nothing Marxist leaders who, like you, have been just waiting for an incident like this in which to blame the President. Of course, any of these people could have put an end to this a long time ago and avoided all the destruction. But, those would be actions of rational leaders.

Just curious

An answer to your question about the Feds protecting the "Federal Justice Building". Portland Police wasn't doing their job protecting this Federal Building, so the Fed's took responsibility. Someone had to step up and be responsible.and protect it.

So then the asinine governor, mayor, & Hardesty can spout off "I didn't do it, it's Trump's fault."

Son of Fukov

Earth to Wyden: He was not a peaceful protester.

Frederick Fukov

Good..one in the hospital is a great start. It's about time.

Mockingbird Media

Trump's fault ? LOL That is some serious gas lighting.

DeathMerchant

Looks like all of Oregon's elected "officials" support these "demonstrators. So much for mail in voting. Ever notice how the left has controlled the state ever since mail in voting began ??

Just curious

[thumbup]It sure looks and sounds that way.

ItsPolitical

Perhaps Governor Brown needs to remind "protestors" to Stay Home and Stay Safe? Either it applies to EVERYONE or NO ONE.

Just curious

[thumbup]Great idea.

DD877

Panty-Fa lost this round... Maybe some Law and Order will Result???

jburn

We can now abandon the phrase "Democrat run cities" and replace it with Democrat ruined cities.

It's clear, obvious and consistent, the Democrat party ruins cities. Then blames others for the damage they have caused.

sagebrush

The punk wasn't hurt seriously enough. Maybe next time he will be and we can all celebrate.

Delta Bravo

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/meet-the-youth-liberation-front-the-militant-group-promoting-a-marathon-of-angry-portland-protests/

Picked PDX because of weak leadership.

WebFootSTi

After reading that it is time to start using lethal force, or the rioting will never stop.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

How were able to post a link without having it rejected as spam by Fox 12 Oregon?

Jackcorgi

Try adding a space between www and .com and tell people to remove spaces when trying to open the link sometime its enough to get past it

Terrell Higgs

Mayor, Gov, commissioners, state senators, all fully totally silent on the destruction and damage, financial damage, physical, etc. that these rioters are doing to this town, the attacks the rioters have committed against the feds and police, just last week one was attacked with a hammer, this time it was a gas grenade. They condone the rioters, pamper them, encourage them. This is more than wrong, this is illegal.

Just curious

Yes and now the "gov." and Hardesty have spoke up in support of the "Rioters".

commentor

This punk is 26 years old and still lives with mommy??

Just curious

The apple doesn't fall very far from the tree.

dessertbunny

I also want to add something. When the names of these so called BLM people (aka Antifa pretending to be BLM) are posted on this website, I look them up on Multnomah County Jail's website. Every single person, white and released IMMEDIATELY. They arrest them and then send them home. They probably even send a cab to take them back to their parents house. I don't care if somebody's a Democrat or Republican. They are all idiots.

IBCNU

Out with Kate Pelosie.

Rocky_2020

It is simple people. When police tell you to stop and leave the area. Just do it. If not, what ever happens to you . You own that. Not the police.

dessertbunny

Oh did mommy's feelings get hurt when her son was out where he didn't belong doing things he shouldn't and getting what's rightfully coming to him? Tell you what mom, keep your legs closed, never have kids again. Are we supposed to feel sorry for him? He's one of the people keeping hate in Oregon going. It's not the officers fault her son is as dumb as she is. I hope she reads this because I know I'm not the only one who's had enough. All these people blaming Trump when it's their job to protect Oregonians and stop all of this. They aren't even Black Lives Matter. They are Antifa. None of these people getting arrested are even black. They all look like white supremacy because they are. One of them even slipped into the BLM car march. When I saw one car with the sign "white power" I wondered, am I the only one noticing this? Major, congressmen, whatever you are. Stop blaming our stupid president for what you're in charge of. They don't want to take the fall for something, they rather blame Trump but he's not here. He doesn't run Oregon at all. Do you think us Oregonians are this stupid to feel sorry for all these terrorist? I hate Trump as much as the next guy but he is not the one in charge here.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Pew Research has found that only 1 in 6 BLM members are black. I'd post a link to the article but Fox 12 Oregon has considered any link to be spam previously.

NOYB

Nice shot

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Golfpunk

The family is considering filing suit against the Federal Gubmint. The family better hope that I'm not on that jury.

Husky Loyalist

Oh, so sad - Not. Now your virtuous boy mayor wants an investigation, not of the anarchists destroying the city but demanding a federal investigation into the anarchist's injury. Now do you understand who Wheeler supports at the expense of the citizens of the city?

Just curious

[thumbup]I am shocked at the response from Katty, & Teddy, but not from "Hardesty". She is a real asinine person.

lanquan

Mayor,

Leave it to Democrats to sacrifice Portland in order to find a way to blame President Trump!

45 straight days of violence and you're ineffectual and mediocre speeches have not caused any cessation of violence.

Destruction and rioting for all 45 days yet you lacked the courage to let Portland Police step up and quell the violence

Then after one of these Domestic Terrorists attacks a Federal Officer, it took President Trump to step in and send a message that if you attack the Fed's, you WILL pay the price!

You, Brown, Wyden, Merkley, Hardesty and more are spineless and allowed this to go on. You don't care about Portland but finding a way to get President Trump involved so you could blame him..priceless!

Why haven't you acted with courage and leadership during this destruction of Portland? The downtown is a war zone and businesses are leaving or destroyed yet you let the chaos fester and grow.

This was a calculated effort by Democrat's to find a way to bash the President but that won't be lost on most people.

You could have prevented this 40 days back!

pizzafoundry

As long as Portland keeps electing moron liberal idiots, we'll continue to get moronic liberal policies. It's not rocket surgery here, folks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just curious

[thumbup] I sure hope they read these comments.

Melody.L

[thumbup] It's about time there were some consequences for the terrorist occupation of downtown Portland. Stay home and don't attack law enforcement and you won't get hurt. Live rounds would have made a clearer statement.

commentor

'Portland protester seriously hurt after federal officer shoots him in the head with impact munition' Do stupid things, win stupid prizes.

OriginalHBO

Wasnt it just 48hr earlier when a Federal officer was hit in the Head with a sledge hammer?...sounds like the retaliation was just a longer ranged hammer.

Oh and please start being journalists..those werent "protestors"...the protests stopped weeks ago.

commentor

'Portland protester seriously hurt after federal officer shoots him in the head with impact munition' And instead of holding this protestor responsible for his actions, Kate Brown, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ted Wheeler would rather blame President Trump? Really?

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Our alleged Oregon Senator from NY described the GENUINELY PEACEFUL occupation of the Mahleur Wildlife Refuge and those in it as a "virus" that needs to be stopped. What a different tune he's singing now when ANTIFA and BLM are TRULY acting as domestic terrorists.

commentor

'Portland protester seriously hurt after federal officer shoots him in the head with impact munition' Oh well. Do stupid things, win stupid prizes. Maybe he will consider this a learning experience.

Moved on

No sympathy.

Bahlsach

Awe the poor little thing.

Should have stayed in mommy's basement.

Insomn

Okay, KPTV. Please, explain something to me. Do you have zero respect for our intelligence, that lazy, or just don't care. Yet, I digress. You claim sainthood for this individual, but then continue to post a video of this "non-violent" protester throwing a grenade at law enforcement. I repeat.... THROWING A GRENADE..... AT LAW ENFORCEMENT. Play stupid games and win stupid prizes. Then trying to stick a transparent attempt to aid a horrible governor with spin control to make this about trump. Cuz you want to incense your readers. Cuz you're an ad agency with a new fetish.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

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Delta85

So sorry for your son's injuries but he was protesting he chose to be there after I am sure they told them not be! Are you looking for public support of someone breaking the law in hopes to shame the police or maybe even to say it's Trump's fault. I see where he gets his good sense!

Just curious

Maybe "Mommy" is looking for support from Katty and Teddy to SUE the Feds.

Finallllly- ACTION!

This is what happens when you commit criminal acts (such as pointing lasers in a federal officer's eyes), which is what this guy was doing. Hello...quit rioting in the street and you won't get hurt. These other anarchists are always going to blame everything on Trump and law enforcement officers for doing what they are supposed to do: Keep law and order. They should have done this weeks ago.

I hope people vote these worthless Portland leaders out come November or there won't be anything left of Portland. Hardesty needs to go for sure. She is racist and causing more division!

Kelly

I cannot stop laughing.

NOYB

The federal officer deserves a medal, promotion and a raise. The speaker- head deserves what he got and the governor deserves a one-way ticket to way south of the border.

Just curious

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joann_is_racist

kptv keeps deleting my comments. this is literally censorship. i am not in violation of any rules

WebFootSTi

If you post a comment the review takes time. Going out of the story and coming back you will not see your original post until everyone can. P.S I agree with both of your comments.

Finallllly- ACTION!

They blocked my account as well claiming "Your post appears to be Spam". I had to create a new ID with another email and then just pasted the same post and didn't get the error message. Totally inappropriate for the media to do this. Seems like if you're on the crazy rioters' side, you can say anything, including racists posts. But when you try to post logic, they block or delete. Maybe it's because they don't understand logic. haha

NOYB

Local news media is totally in bed with Brown and Wheeler. It's a major source for them and gosh...why are newspaper scrips declining? Big mystery eh?

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

You were targeted. Pamplin Media used a word scanner for comments with the words and phrases illegal alien, illegal immigration, immigration status, and others. Leftist advocates for illegal aliens got a free pass every time, thanks to activist webmaster James Marks. I got banned from there at least twice as they used my ISP address to block me. The only way around it was to post from a public library computer.

PDX2MtHood

I get that message every few days. Not sure if its a glitch or they are actually stopping us from posting.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Liberal SJW warrior interns from Reed College, I suspect.

Just curious

[thumbup]I've had that happen to me too.

joann_is_racist

wait why are we blaming trump for this?

joann_is_racist

joann hardesty is both racist and completely impartial, she should resign immediately

Alan W

She's also and instigator and an enabler for Wheeler.

PDX2MtHood

She is a nasty woman.

Merlin

Good! No brain injury because he apparently has no brain.

Just curious

[thumbup]I like that.

Husky Loyalist

He was no protester, he was a rioter. This headline gives protesters a bad name. Tough for him. Good for the good guys.

Roberto Estrello Demar

I am in my 8th decade as an Oregonian, 50 years a Democrat, and I say GOOD on the Police and Federales, SHAME on Ted Wheeler, Kate Brown, Joanne Hardesty and the rest of the Portland City Council. Mama, if you didn't raise your kid to be a fool, he would be fine today. If this isn't his fault, it's YOURS!

Alan W

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retired40

So that ignorant witch that Oregon has for a governor is blaming Trump for this because she can't control her own State. Typical ignorant Democrat liberal.

Delta85

Amen, while I am still allowed to say it in this state!

lanquan

Finally, some action! But not one of our Oregon democratic politicians, oh NO. It took the President to act. Rioter's keep playing with the bull and HE'LL give you the horn. Excellent

Eliza Cassan

They blame Trump for this? Just when you thought they could not be more delusional. It's like blaming the train if you lay on the tracks.

racecar57

This has nothing to do with Trump !! It has all to do with criminals not being taken off the streets by the governor, Ted Wheeler and the Portland city council !! I say the protester (criminal) brought this on himself. If you are going to hang out with activist that have no respect for laws then you should not be surprised if you get hurt when law enforcement officers try to bring order to protests that have turned into criminal activity. As for Brown, Weyden, and Merkley shooting their mouths off they are a bunch off patsy's who are catering to these protest that almost always turn into criminal activity taking place. I say we hold them responsible for allowing this to continue and even supporting it with their comments that only encourage these criminal activity's ! Trump has been trying to get the States to crack down on these protest activists but they want this unrest to try and make Trump look bad, so he will lose the election. It will not work because the people can see right through this ruse and they know Trump is the candidate that is most likely to bring law and order back. Without throwing these activist in jail for long sentences this will continue and even if it would stop the precedence will have been set for it to happen again over the slightest grievance. Republicans are for law and order and Democrats are for the criminals !! Vote accordingly !!

Alan W

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sagebrush

The punk deserved it. He should have been doing something positive instead of rioting.

webjak

Trumps fault? The idiocy of democrats and leftist is mind boggling. Protecting property in the face of insane mobs is common sense, something the Portland Police and their leftist handlers and comprehend. Typical of the politicians playing to their constituents instead of upholding the law.

WebFootSTi

Don't blame the police. mayor pookie, Garfield's teddy bear, is also Portland's police commissioner. He sets policy and is 100% responsible. Unfortunately, his opponent this fall is even farther left.

Son of Fukov

Opponent further left? Don't let that deter you. Recall and then continue to recall.

WebFootSTi

I have no problem with a recall election after November.

ItzaSeakrit

God Bless President Trump

Shame on Oregon's "leaders".

They've let these vandals run free for four years, dropped charges ... failed to uphold their duty to the public, and seem proud of it. Pretty sure people who pay taxes support law and order - and will take their businesses elsewhere, if the ares becomes "inhospitable" or dangerous.

nativepdx

Why is the Governor, senators, congressmen, mayor and commissioners not condemning the violent protester?

When you attack the police or public property it is possible your putting yourself in harms way.

WebFootSTi

Our dear leaders are blaming Trump for this rioting that the democrats have encouraged? Absolutely ridiculous.

ItsPolitical

It's all part of the plan to make Trump look like he can't control what's going on in the country, when the reality is that Democrats are the ones who don't care. They only want power, and to remove ALL police and military, so the path to communism can be cleared.

Frederick Fukov

Excuse me, but how are they going to install communism without the military? 3/4 of the military are conservatives. Never gonna happen. In fact, it's more likely that if the radical left like AOC and Omar ever get into power, this country will experience a military coup, because the military won't be used as pawns for the radical left. That's the one saving grace we have. It was bad enough that they infiltrated the FBI, but it ain't gonna happen to the military.

lanquan

It's about time! Stay home, don't get hurt. Watch the news from mom's basement. Jo Ann Hardesty is an absolute loony tool, she's an embarrassment to Oregon and civilized people everywhere. The Fed's don't have to listen to this raving lunatic nor do the Fed's have to answer to Wyden and Merkley flapping their gums. Kate jumped in, not wanting to be left out but all of these so-called politicians are using this against Trump and still not addressing the violence!

rustynutt

Think the people are already brain damaged. I can't believe the Governor blamed President Trump. He's doing what's necessary to control the situations the State politicians have refused to admit exist.

Election time, hope voters come to their senses in this State.

Golfpunk

I hear you but I don't think Oregon will come to their senses. Maybe Eastern, Central, Southern and the Coastal Counties will but I don't think that's enough population to offset the liberals in the Valley.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

Can you say "election fraud"?

That's what vote-by-mail is.

Frederick Fukov

Never gonna happen Rusty. The West coast is lost. The previous generation allowed the liberals to get their grubby mitts all over the education system, and look what happened. With each new graduating class, come more and more indoctrinated radical liberals. And the worst part is, we're paying for their pensions.

Just curious

[thumbup]Sad, but true.

Roberto Estrello Demar

You nailed it, Fred. It began with "education," "students," Teacher's Unions and the Mommy-Kiddie gangs.

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