Portland History Professor Says She Was Shot in the Head by Federal Agents

Historians in the News
tags: violence, Black lives matter, Portland, Protest

A Portland history professor said she was shot in the head with an impact munition fired by a federal agent while she was peacefully protesting.

Maureen Healy, the chair of the History Department at Lewis & Clark College, said in a statement provided to Newsweek that she had joined a Black Lives Matter march on July 20 "to express my opinion as a citizen of the United States, and as a resident of Portland."

Healy, 52, said she had been in a large crowd of "ordinary folks"—comprised of adults, teens, students, moms and dads—and "was not damaging federal property" when tear gas was deployed and an impact munition hit her in the head.

"This is my home. I was protesting peacefully. So why did federal troops shoot me in the head?" Healy said.

"I was not damaging federal property. I was in a crowd with at least a thousand other ordinary people. I was standing in a public space," she added.

Healy said after she was hit, she was helped by volunteer medics, who bandaged her had and drove her to safety. Her family then took her to hospital.

"It dawned on me when I was in the ER, and had a chance to catch my breath (post tear gas): my government did this to me. My own government," she added.

Read entire article at Newsweek