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Woman hurt by police grenade while protesting sues

August 5, 2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who said she suffered chemical burns after being hit by a Portland police flash-bang grenade during a protest is suing for $250,000.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Michelle Fawcett said Monday that she still has an imprint of the device in her arm, continues to receive medical treatment after also being hit in the chest, experiences nightmares and fears sudden noises.

Fawcett was one of at least three people injured while protesting an Aug. 4, 2018, demonstration by right-wing group Patriot Prayer. All said they were injured by Portland police weapons.

A flash-bang grenade is a nonlethal explosive projectile that emits a blast of noise and light meant to disorient anyone nearby. The devices are meant to be fired overhead, but Fawcett said an officer fired one into the crowd, hitting her.

The city of Portland declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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