The chair of the Lewis & Clark College history department is home recovering after being shot in the head with a less lethal round by federal officers during a downtown protest.
Maureen Healy said on her Facebook page that she was attending a peaceful protest to support Black Lives Matter on the evening of Tuesday, July 21, when she was hit the head with an "impact munition" and tear gassed. She received a black eye and a concussion.
"By professional training and long years of teaching, I am knowledgeable about the historical slide by which seemingly vibrant democracies succumbed to authoritarian rule," Healy wrote. "Militarized federal troops are shooting indiscriminately into crowds of ordinary people in our country. We are on that slide."
In the post, Healy said she was treated on the scene by a volunteer medic and driven to an emergency room at an area hospital.
"It dawned on me when I was in the ER, and had a chance to catch my breath (post tear gas): my government did this to me. My own government. I was not shot by a random person in the street. A federal law enforcement officer pulled a trigger that sent an impact munition into my head," she wrote.
Healy teaches Modern European History, with a specialization in the history of Germany and Eastern Europe.
"We must take this back to Black Lives Matter. Police brutality against Black people is the real subject of these peaceful protests that have been happening in my city and across the country," Healy wrote. "What happened to me is nothing. It is nothing compared to what happens to Black citizens at the hands of law enforcement, mostly local police, every day. And that is why we have been marching. That is why I will continue to march."
Healy's book, "Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I (Cambridge University Press, 2004)," was awarded the 2005 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize from the American Historical Association and the 2005 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
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