Donavan LaBella, Federal Officers Shoot Portland Protester
Donavan LaBella, 26, was shot in the head by what friends and witnesses said was an impact munition.
Donavan LaBella Video
The incident was captured in a graphic video that shows Donavan LaBella, 26, standing between two cars across the street from Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in Portland, holding a speaker over his head with both hands.
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In the video of the incident sent to OPB, LaBella is seen pushing a canister of smoke or tear gas away from his feet across the street from the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse. Moments later, LaBella returns to holding a speaker over his head with both hands. Shots of impact munitions can be heard, and LaBella collapses to the ground, dropping the speaker.
A tear gas or smoke canister lands at his feet, and LaBella picks it up and tosses it a few feet away before raising the speaker over his head once more. Suddenly, one of the officers in front of the courthouse fires, Labella’s head jerks, and he drops to the ground.
In another video posted online, LaBella is seen on the ground unconscious and bleeding from his head before protesters pick him up and move him out of the way. In that video, federal law enforcement officers can be seen standing by across the street looking on.
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Family and Friends response
Donavan’s mother, Desiree LaBella, said she had facial and skull fractures. He left the surgery early Sunday morning and responded to the doctors. Desiree LaBella said she moved her arms and legs.
“He was awake enough to give OK to talk to me,” he said. “He had some facial reconstruction surgery. They’re just watching it. ”
Desiree LaBella said she plans to meet a lawyer on Monday for a possible case on behalf of her son. He spoke to his son on a computer Sunday morning and said that while he was awake, he watched the doctors’ neurological condition and continued to work to drain blood from his brain.
Caitlyn Sakelik, a close friend of Donavan LaBella, said she stopped at Lownsdale Square Park, opposite the federal courthouse, when the officers started throwing ammunition into the crowd. Sakelik’s husband, Elton Rosas, said the fever was not fully provoked.
“He was completely nonviolent while he was there,” said Rosas. “It helps clear things up. One of the most beautiful kids you’ll ever meet, from all people. “