Two men have been sentenced to five days in jail after being convicted of harassment for throwing "horse lubricant mixed with gold glitter" on two Portland police officers.
Robert Majure, 28, and Tristan Romine-Mann, 29, were both acquitted of one count of disorderly conduct, and Majure was also acquitted of resisting arrest, during the June 5 trial in Multnomah County Court.
Both men were counter-protesting at a Patriot Prayer rally in downtown Portland on Saturday, August 4, 2018, near Natio Parkway and Southwest Columbia Street when the incident began.
Witnesses reported to officers that the counter-protesters had four five-gallon buckets filled with an "unknown liquid" and recreational water guns strapped to their backs.
"Here, we have two individuals who came to the rally to cause problems," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kate Williams. "For the officers, who had just been covered in a substance they didn't recognize, it was a violent and dangerous situation. It was terrifying for them because they did not know if the liquid was going to hurt them."
When officers approached, they asked Majure and Romine-Mann to remove the lids on their bucks. Officers saw the "slimy substance" and ordered the men to dump it out.
Instead, Majure and Romine-Mann tossed the liquid on the officers, then fled on foot. They were arrested a short time later, and police say they attempted to fist-bump while placed in the back of a squad car.
Multnomah County Judge Kenneth R. Walker ordered Majure and Romine-Mann to "self-report" to the sheriff's office for their jail stay.
They will spend all five days behind bars, and also must complete 18 months of probation and 32 hours of community service. They will pay restitution to the Portland Police Bureau for the cost of the damaged uniforms.
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