Portland medic hit by tear gas canister sues federal agents


Volunteer medic Nate Cohen said he was hit during a protest on July 26, 2020

Federal officers launch tear gas at a group of demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A volunteer medic who was hit in the chest with a tear gas canister fired by a federal officer during racial injustice protests in Portland last summer has sued U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials and agents.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Monday says Nate Cohen had just doused a tear gas canister that had landed next to journalists and legal observers on July 26 when he was hit directly above the heart by a canister.

Tear gas canisters aren’t meant to be used as an impact weapon, which can cause serious injury or death.

The Department of Homeland Security says it cannot comment on pending litigation.

A demonstrator sits atop the fence surrounding the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse on Sunday, July 26, 2020 (KOIN)

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