The Daily Reformer.com via Epoch Times Wed. Aug.19, 2020
Someone could get killed during unrest in Portland, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams warned late Tuesday.
Williams, whose office oversees the entire state, said he was “sickened” by the video showing a brutal assault on Sunday, when a man identified as Marquise Love (pic above) allegedly punched and kicked another man until he lay on the pavement unconscious.
“While the circumstances leading up to this brutal assault are still under state and federal review, I must condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this depraved violence,” Williams, a Trump nominee who served as acting U.S. attorney in Oregon in the Obama administration, said in a statement.
“We must all continue to work together to achieve peace in the streets of Portland. If we are not successful, I fear one day soon we will wake up to news that a Portlander has been killed. We cannot let this happen.”
The statement came shortly after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the Senate Judiciary chairman, called for federal prosecution of people who commit assaults.
“So much for ‘peaceful protests’ in Portland. This shocking attack by a mob against a young man in the streets of Portland is beyond the pale,” Graham said.
The people responsible appeared to violate the victim’s Constitutional rights, the senator added, urging the Department of Justice “to actively pursue prosecution of the perpetrators of this horrific attack.”