Portland protester charged for attacking U.S. Marshal with hammer

Portland protester charged for attacking U.S. Marshal with hammer
Jacob Michael Gaines (Image: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

[Ed. – Maybe eventually the message will sink in that these crimes carry punishment.]

A Portland protester is facing federal charges for attacking a US Marshal with a hammer in a brazen, caught-on-camera nighttime attack, prosecutors said.

Harrowing video shows Jacob Michael Gaines, 23, wielding a hammer as he waits outside a door to the federal courthouse in downtown Portland around 1 a.m. Saturday.

As Marshals begin pouring out the exit, Gaines allegedly bashes a deputy several times before he’s tackled to the ground and arrested.

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The deputy was struck three times with the hammer in the shoulder, neck and back but otherwise dodged serious injury, Oregon US Attorney Billy Williams said.

Gaines, who is from Texas but currently lives in an RV in Portland, is charged with one count of assaulting a federal officer.

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