PORTLAND, OR – According to reports, a 25-year-old man from Indiana who participated in the 2020 riots in Portland was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for “jeopardizing the lives of police officers” through his use of crudely crafted IEDs aimed against police officers during the summer riots.
Back on March 28th, Malik Fard Muhammad pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing unregistered destructive devices stemming from his exploits in Portland back in September of 2020 where he’d constructed Molotov cocktails that were used during the riots.
According to the Justice Department, Muhammad travelled from his home state in Indiana to Portland, along with his girlfriend, for the explicit purposes to riot and engage in violence – with that violence being directed at police.
While investigating several riots from September 2020, it was learned that Muhammad had purchased some baseball bats and “growler” bottles from a local Goodwill store, with those bottles later being used to construct Molotov cocktails.
Muhammad handed out the baseball bats to rioters during a September 5th, 2020 riot where police were also coming under attack from angry people in the crowd who were weaponizing “commercial grade fireworks, Molotov cocktails, and bottles.”
Weeks later during a riot on September 21st, 2020, “law enforcement observed an individual light on fire and throw an object toward the building,” which later turned out to be a Molotov cocktail that didn’t detonate. Lo and behold, the undetonated Molotov cocktail bore a Goodwill sticker on it – with it later being determined it was one of the bottles Muhammad purchased, with DNA to back up the evidence.
Come September 23rd, 2020, Muhammad was back at it again. The Justice Department asserted that “Several videos obtained by law enforcement show Muhammad throwing the explosive device,” that was aimed at Portland Police officers, noting that while “some officers were able to move out of the way, one officer’s leg caught fire.”
Muhammad didn’t stop there though, as he was back in Portland on October 11th, 2020, to terrorize downtown Portland businesses. During that riot, Muhammad was observed “using a metal baton to smash the windows of several buildings.” Portland Police were finally able to catch up to him during the October 2020 riot and place him under arrest.
After months of investigating, Muhammad was facing two counts of attempted aggravated murder and other various charges, but those charges were eventually dialed back.
On June 21st, Muhammad was formally sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and three years of probation, according to the Justice Department, which is running concurrent with another 10-year sentence he received out of Multnomah County on state charges pertaining to his criminal exploits.
FBI Portland Special Agent in Charge Kieran Ramsey issued a statement in light of Muhammad’s sentencing, calling out the rioter’s violent acts as being “intentionally planned.”
“Malik Fard Muhammad intentionally planned and committed acts of violence that threatened other protestors, members of the public, and law enforcement officers. This type of violence has no place in our community.”
ATF Seattle Field Division Special Agent in Charge Jonathan T. McPherson shared similar sentiments, noting that while “The right to protest peacefully is absolute,” what Muhammad was engaged in was nothing short of criminal violence.
“Mr. Muhammad didn’t come to exercise his rights. He came from out-of-state to bring violence to our community. This sentence should send a clear message to those who want to engage in violence that it will not be tolerated, and ATF will investigate these acts whenever they occur.”