A 24-year-old BLM activist was indicted this week for attempting to murder Portland Police officers by using explosive devices during the 2020 riots in downtown Portland.
Malik Muhammed, 24, was arrested in Indianapolis Friday on eight warrants out of Portland.
Muhammed now awaits extradition to Oregon. He was indicted on 28 counts:
- Attempted aggravated murder (two counts);
- Attempted assault in the first degree (two counts);
- Attempted murder in the first degree (four counts);
- Attempted murder in the second degree (two counts);
- Criminal mischief in the first degree (six counts);
- Riot (four counts);
- Unlawful manufacture of a destructive device (two counts);
- Unlawful possession of a destructive device (two counts);
- Unlawful possession of a firearm (one count);
- Unlawful possession of a loaded firearm (one count);
- Unlawful use of a weapon (two counts).
Portland police said their investigation showed Muhammed lobbed a firebomb at an officer on Sept. 23, scorching the officer's uniform. Police also accused Muhammed of throwing a yellow ignitable device, that did not catch fire, at officers on Sept. 21.
“I am grateful to the investigators who spent many hours over the last few months following up these violent attacks against police officers and the community. I am also grateful to the brave officers who put themselves in harm's way serving this community. More investigations are underway. Anyone who thinks they can get away with trying to murder police officers and destroy this city should think again.”