Teen faces felony rock-throwing charge during Portland riot

2020 Protests

The alleged crimes happened in August

Protesters at the Penumbra Kelly Building on the 79th night of demonstrations. August 15, 2020 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A teenager from Washington faces felony charges, after police say he threw rocks and other objects at officers during a riot in mid-August.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges against 18-year-old Egan Lawyer on Monday.

The alleged crimes took place late on the night of August 15, outside the Penumbra Kelly Building on East Burnside Street, a frequent target of demonstrations over the summer. Police declared a riot just before midnight, then began pushing the crowd away from the building about 45 minutes later.

Officers claimed a man, later identified as Lawyer, was throwing rocks at officers. One officer, who was riding on the outside rails of a riot van, said he was struck in the arm by a baseball-sized rock. Another officer said he was hit with a spent 40mm impact munition casing, which is a round metal can with hardened edges, according to court documents.

Officers said Lawyer stood out in the mostly black-clad crowd because he was wearing a plaid shirt and khakis. Officers chased him through a neighborhood and allegedly found him hiding under some bushes.

Lawyer, who court documents list as being from Goldendale, faces two counts of assaulting a public safety officer, one count of riot, one count of disorderly conduct, and one count of escape.

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