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Shocking moment US federal agent shoots peaceful protester, 26, in the head with a ‘rubber bullet’ during a demonstration in Portland – as local officials blame President Trump for the bloodshed

A peaceful protester in Oregon, armed with only a music speaker, was shot in the head with 'rubber bullet' and severely injured by federal agents deployed by President Trump. 
The disturbing incident happened  across the street from the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in Portland during a demonstration against police brutality and racism on Saturday. 
The shooting was widely condemned by local and state officials who've shifted blame onto President Trump after he sent federal agents to quell protests without their consent.
Many said Trump was responsible for the bloodshed last weekend, after the president on Friday encouraged a more aggressive approach by federal Homeland Security personnel.

Footage shared on Instagram and YouTube by videographer Tomas Morales shows Donavan La Bella, 26, hoisting a music speaker into the air across from authorities.
The authorities, reported to be federal agents, had closed off the area surrounding the courthouse while in riot gear. 
The authorities are seen throwing a smoking canister at the peaceful protesters, but La Bella softly kicks it out of the way and tosses it back.
Seconds later, a shot rings out and La Bella's body crumples to the ground as nearby protesters scream in fear. 
Donovan La Bella (pictured) was holding a music speaker during a protest on Saturday night when he was shot in the head with 'less lethal' munition by federal agents
Donovan La Bella (pictured) was holding a music speaker during a protest on Saturday night when he was shot in the head with 'less lethal' munition by federal agents
An agent opened fire at La Bella after he softly tossed back a smoking canister they hurled at peaceful protesters and began playing music again
An agent opened fire at La Bella after he softly tossed back a smoking canister they hurled at peaceful protesters and began playing music again 
The victim's mother said La Bella (pictured) suffered fractures to his head and skull, and has undergone facial reconstruction surgery
The victim's mother said La Bella (pictured) suffered fractures to his head and skull, and has undergone facial reconstruction surgery 
The group rallies around La Bella, who is lying on the ground with a large gash in his head and blood seeping out onto the concrete sidewalk.
A handful of protesters lift La Bella's limp body and rush him away from the scene.
Another video shared by videographer Garrison Davis shows a chilling trail of blood from the street and across the sidewalk as La Bella is carried away.
In the video, Davis can be heard saying La Bella was hit in the face with 'what appears to be an impact munition.'
La Bella received some medical treatment at the scene and was transported to a local hospital by emergency crews.
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Fellow protesters lifted La Bella off the ground and carried him to safety as he bled out on the sidewalk (pictured)
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Fellow protesters lifted La Bella off the ground and carried him to safety as he bled out on the sidewalk (pictured)
Bystanders who witnessed the incident said authorities fired a 'less lethal' munition at La Bella, while the Daily Beast identified it as a rubber bullet. 
Impact munitions, like rubber bullets and plastic projectiles, are typically intended to be fired at arms and legs to avoid serious injury.
Caitlyn Sakelik, one of La Bella's friends who witnessed the incident, told Oregon Public Broadcast that he had been nonviolent the entire time.
'He’s been completely nonviolent the entire time he’s been down there, He helps deescalate situations. Out of all people, he’s one of the nicest kids you will ever meet
The victim's mother, Desiree La Bella, told Oregon Live that her son's face and skull were fractured by the munition. He underwent facial reconstructive surgery on Sunday morning.
'He still has a tube in his skull to drain the blood,' said Desiree.  
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.Pictured: Blood left behind at the scene after a federal agent struck La Bella in the head  on Saturday night
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT.Pictured: Blood left behind at the scene after a federal agent struck La Bella in the head  on Saturday night
Although still hospitalized, La Bella has been responsive to doctors and has use of his limbs
Although still hospitalized, La Bella has been responsive to doctors and has use of his limbs
Protesters in Portland this weekend set fire to a dumpster on Sunday and rolled it into an intersection during a demonstration
Protesters in Portland this weekend set fire to a dumpster on Sunday and rolled it into an intersection during a demonstration 
She added that La Bella needs neurological checks every hour, is showing signs of confusion and had an MRI for vision difficulties in his left eye.
But at the moment La Bella is responsive to doctors, as well as able to move his arms and legs. 
GoFundMe for La Bella was created to help cover medical and living costs. 
Desiree said she planned on contacting an attorney on her son's behalf on Monday, but local officials have already called for investigations into the concerning matter.
Oregon officials have been at odds with Trump as his heavy-handed, military focused response to Black Lives Matter protests have clashed with local protocols.
Tensions have continued to mount as different restrictions and orders have been given to the two agencies.
Portland Police Bureau officers and local authorities have been barred from using crowd control munitions against non-violent protesters - but not federal agents.
Federal agents also used tear gas over the weekend, which has been temporarily banned from the Portland Police Bureau by federal court order unless they declare a riot.
Policing has become more complicated in Portland with the presence of federal agents because they're not held to the same protocols or restrictions as local authorities
Policing has become more complicated in Portland with the presence of federal agents because they're not held to the same protocols or restrictions as local authorities 
Portland Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis admitted that federal agents (pictured) don't coordinate with his department and 'it does complicate things for us'
Portland Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis admitted that federal agents (pictured) don't coordinate with his department and 'it does complicate things for us'
Portland Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis told Associated Press that federal agents don't coordinate with his agency and that 'it does complicate things for us.' 
In a statement on Sunday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said that he has already spoken with U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy J. Williams about the investigation.
'I am calling on the federal government to be thorough and transparent with their findings. I'm concerned that the actions of federal officers last night escalated, rather than de-escalated, already heightened tensions in our city,' he wrote. 
The U.S. Marshals Service is investigating the incident. 
Protests in Portland began in after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, an unarmed father-of-five, who died after a white Minneapolis Police Department officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Footage of the incident sparked Black Lives Matter protests that brought a reckoning across the United States on issues surrounding police brutality and racism.
Protests in Portland, which have seen arson incidents and intense clashes with law enforcement, have reportedly focused on federal property and the courthouse. 
Demonstrations last weekend saw several fires set ablaze, including an effigy of a police officer wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood, according to Oregon Live.
People can be heard chanting: 'Whose streets? Our streets!' 
An effigy of a police officer wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood is set on fire as Portland, Oregon, on Friday
An effigy of a police officer wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood is set on fire as Portland, Oregon, on Friday 
Another fire was lit in a dumpster and rolled into the middle of a Portland intersection.
Authorities said several people were taken into custody after pointing lasers into the eyes of federal agents and at least two people were seized for reportedly trying to damage the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building with a hammer.  
President Trump spoke at a military base near Miami, Florida, on  Friday and explained his rationale for sending in federal agents without getting the OK from Oregon officials.   
'It was out of control,' he told DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. 'The locals couldn't handle it and you people are handling it very nicely.'
President Trump (pictured) deployed DHS federal officers to Portland because 'It was out of control' and 'The locals couldn't handle it'
President Trump (pictured) deployed DHS federal officers to Portland because 'It was out of control' and 'The locals couldn't handle it'
But that's not how local and state officials have seen it. 
Sen. Ron Wyden on Sunday directly called out the President and questioned why federal agents were acting as an 'occupying army.
'The consequences of Donald Trump unilaterally dispatching fed’l law enforcement into U.S. cities played out in Portland w/a peaceful protester shot in the head,' he wrote.
'Trump & Homeland Security must now answer why fed’l officers are acting like an occupying army.' 
Sen. Jeff Merkley said in a statement: 'Given President Trump’s misuse of force against protesters outside the White House and elsewhere, the deployment of federal agents in Portland raises serious concerns.
'What was their mission? Did they abuse peaceful protesters? Were their uniforms accurately marked? Did they made the situation worse? What weapons did they use? Were they invited by Portland police or local officials?'
Several Oregon politicians blamed President Trump for La Bella's injuries and bloodshed
Several Oregon politicians blamed President Trump for La Bella's injuries and bloodshed
Sen. Jeff Merkley: 'Given President Trump’s misuse of force against protesters outside the White House and elsewhere, the deployment of federal agents in Portland raises serious concerns'
Sen. Jeff Merkley: 'Given President Trump’s misuse of force against protesters outside the White House and elsewhere, the deployment of federal agents in Portland raises serious concerns'
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also pointed a finger at Trump for the events that led up to La Bella's injuries.
 'The events of last night at the federal courthouse were the tragic and avoidable result of President Donald Trump, for weeks, continuing to push for force and violence in response to protests,' wrote Brown.
'The cycle of violence must end.' 
Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly blasted Trump for caring more about 'monuments and buildings' than civilians.
La Bella (pictured) needs neurological checks every hour, is showing signs of confusion and had an MRI for vision difficulties in his left eye.
La Bella (pictured) needs neurological checks every hour, is showing signs of confusion and had an MRI for vision difficulties in his left eye.
'It’s unfortunate that Trump cares more about protecting monuments and buildings than he does people’s lives and constitutional rights,' told The Oregonian/Oregon Live.
'We didn’t invite or ask for this overblown intervention by the federal government.'
Eudaly was referencing to Trump's announcement that demonstrators who tear down Confederate and American monuments could face 10 years in jail. 
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty warned that a 'life will be taken' as federal agents being in Portland has caused mounting tension.
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty also voiced her concerns about federal agents being deployed to Portland
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty also voiced her concerns about federal agents being deployed to Portland
She blamed federal agents for 'reckless and aggressive behavior' that resulted in La Bella's injuries
She blamed federal agents for 'reckless and aggressive behavior' that resulted in La Bella's injuries 
Hardesty: 'If this continues a life will be taken and it won’t matter whether a federal officer or Portland Police officer did it – it won’t bring that person back'
Hardesty: 'If this continues a life will be taken and it won’t matter whether a federal officer or Portland Police officer did it – it won’t bring that person back'
'Last week it was disconcerting to see militarized federal officers with war weapons embedded with the Portland Police Bureau and stationed around Portland,' wrote Hardesty.
'Since then their presence brought on an escalation of violence towards protesters an extreme response to a movement challenging police violence. This reckless and aggressive behavior has now put someone in the hospital. This protester is still fighting for their life and I want to be clear: this should never have happened.
'If this continues a life will be taken and it won’t matter whether a federal officer or Portland Police officer did it – it won’t bring that person back.' 
But Desiree says the fault lies less with Trump and more with the individual officers at the scene.  
'In my opinion, the fault lies with the feds at the scene needlessly firing into a generally peaceful unarmed crowd and aiming for the head,' she told OPB.
'It is my understanding that nonlethal rounds are not to be aimed at vital organs and no rounds of any kind should be shot at any unarmed person.'

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