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A man was charged for punching a police officer who was in close proximity to Sen. Rand Paul following President Donald Trump’s Aug. 27 Republican National Convention speech at the White House.

Brennen Sermon, 27, allegedly punched the Metropolitan Police Department officer who had been protecting Paul in the face causing significant damage, according to a District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office statement Wednesday. The officer “sustained a laceration and severe swelling above his left eye,” according to the statement.

“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” Paul tweeted shortly after the incident. “Thank you to [the Metropolitan Police Department] for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”

The U.S. senator from Kentucky and his wife had been surrounded by a group of shouting protesters on the street after they departed the White House where Trump gave his speech, video shows. The video further shows a member of the crowd forcefully kicking an officer toward Paul.

In additional footage of the incident, members of the crowd can be heard yelling “say her name” to Paul, a reference to Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville, Kentucky police in March. However, Paul introduced the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act in June, which proposed to ban no-knock warrants and no-knock police raids.

The original court affidavit accused Sermon of kicking the officer, fleeing, then punching the officer who pursued him, according to the U.S. attorney’s statement. However, an updated affidavit concluded that Sermon was not responsible for kicking the officer.

Sermon, who is from Orlando, Florida, is only being charged for the punching allegation and faces up to 180 days imprisonment, the statement said.

Author: Thomas Catenacci

Source: Daily Caller: Man Charged With Assaulting Police Officer Protecting Rand Paul After Trump RNC Speech

Portland police officers recovered Molotov cocktails and rifle ammunition late Sunday evening near the U.S. court house that has been the site of recent protests.

The Portland Police Department recovered the “destructive devices” in a bag in Lownsdale Square Park across the street from the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse while investigating a shots fired call, police said. The discovery occurred as protesters and rioters continued to clash with federal agents protecting the courthouse.

Protesters lobbed fireworks, rocks, cans and other objects at officers protecting the courthouse who have responded by using non-lethal weapons to control the crowd, The Associated Press reported.

Protests in Portland have occurred for more than 55 consecutive days since the death of George Floyd who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck, video of the incident shows. Violence intensified, though, after President Donald Trump’s administration authorized the mobilization of federal agents, who are largely Department of Homeland Security officers, to help quell protests, according to The New York Times.

A federal judge denied the Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblaum’s request for an order to stop federal agents from arresting Portland protesters Friday, NBC affiliate KGW News reported. Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler spoke out against the use of federal agents at a protest Wednesday and was later tear gassed.

Over the weekend, protests occurred in Seattle, Washington; Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Oakland, California; Aurora, Colorado and Richmond, Virginia, according to various media outlets. Many nationwide protests are organized in solidarity with Portland.

Trump authorized federal agents to be sent to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday to assist local police in responding to violence, according to U.S. News.

Author: Thomas Catenacci

Source: Daily Caller: Portland Police Recover Molotov Cocktails, Ammunition During Violent Protests

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