Beaverton man sentenced for shining laser at federal agent
A Beaverton resident was convicted and sentenced in federal court for shining a laser in the eye of a federal officer during protests in downtown Portland last summer.
Andrew Steven Faulkner, 25, was arrested for allegedly shining a high-powered green laser at a Federal Protective Service officer outside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse early on the morning of July 5, 2020.
Erik Asphaug, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon, announced that after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault on a federal officer earlier this year, Faulkner was sentenced Wednesday, June 9, to six months of home detention and three years of federal probation. He was also ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.
According to prosecutors, Faulkner was apprehended after shining an SD Laser 303 device in the eye of the uniformed Federal Protective Service officer, despite attempting to flee. The laser — which includes a warning label cautioning against eye exposure — was reportedly found in Faulkner's possession.
Federal agents under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were deployed to downtown Portland last summer as the city experienced nightly protests against police violence and racism in the criminal justice system.
Federal officers routinely provide security at the Hatfield Courthouse, which is a federal building.
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