Bryan Kelley is a Portland protester who is accused of allegedly shining a powerful laser into the eyes of a Portland Police Bureau sergeant during a protest last month, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday.
Schmidt said the laser “was so powerful that it would burn through paper and cause dry material to catch fire”.
Bryan Kelley Shining with a High-Powered Laser Into Officer’ Eyes
Police started an investigation into the incident during a demonstration on August 25 that continued into the morning of August 26, Katu reported. Police declared the situation a riot.
The Portland Police Bureau posted a video online of the confiscated laser burning a piece of cardboard.
According to court documents, a police officer saw Kelley on several occasions aiming a blue laser into his eyes. Kelley’s laser hit him in the eyes so intensely that he had to look away.
According to the indictment says Kelley intentionally used the laser against the police officer.
The incident happened when protesters broke into Portland City Hall and started vandalizing the building.
“Members of the Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team (RRT) responded to City Hall to restore order. At least one member of RRT realized that Mr. Kelley had repeatedly directed a laser into the RRT member’s eyes, causing injury”, the Portland Police Bureau said in a release.
Bryan Kelley Under Investigation
Police found and arrested Kelley near Southwest 4th Avenue and Southwest Jefferson Street. They found a blue laser in his back pocket when they arrested him, court documents say.
Kelley was taken to jail that night on charges of unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer, second-degree disorderly conduct, and interfering with a peace officer. Kelley was released from jail.
Detectives followed up on this case and were issued warrants to arrest Kelley on charges of second-degree assault, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of unlawful directing of light from a laser pointer.