Trump Supporter Sued For $250K After Shooting Paintballs At Counterprotesters
A Trump supporter who was caught on video shooting paintballs into a crowd of counterprotesters during clashes between far-right and far-left groups in Downtown Portland is being sued by a woman he allegedly shot, according to The Oregonian.
- “In her lawsuit filed Monday, Meg McLain says she was observing the rally next to the Multnomah County Justice Center on Aug. 22 when Alan Swinney intentionally shot her, leaving a large red welt and circular injury to one of her breasts,” the outlet reported.
- McLain is suing Swinney for $250,000.
- According to the report, “about 300 people attended the rally to support President Trump and police or to counterprotest,” including supporters of the right-wing Proud Boys group and the left-leaning Black Lives Matter and antifa groups.
- Swinney, a self-described Trump supporter, “was photographed by The Oregonian/OregonLive pointing the paintball gun toward a crowd of antifa or Black Lives Matter protesters and then seen shooting.”
- A journalist for Oregon Public Broadcasting reportedly also caught Swinney shooting paintballs on video and reported being hit by one.
- McLain’s attorney said she attended the rally as “an unaffiliated observer” who was curious about the event.
- However, the attorney said police were not interested in arresting Swinney, adding: “It’s just one of the many cases where police are seemingly showing favoritism to Trump supporters.”