Malik Fard Muhammad, 25 has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for committing multiple acts of violence during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots in Portland, Oregon, in 2020.
According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) statement he was sentenced on June 21 for:
“Repeatedly and intentionally jeopardizing the lives of police officers, destroying public property, and encouraging others to commit violence during riots,”
In addition to prison, Muhammad has also been sentenced to three years of supervised release.
During the extremely violent BLM riots on Sept. 21, 2020, Muhammad threw a beer growler made into a Molotov cocktail onto a police officer sitting inside his vehicle. The officer jumped out when he saw the firebomb hurtling toward him, which didn’t detonate.
Muhammad was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated murder, attempted assault in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree, and unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, along with other crimes.
“Anyone who thinks they can get away with trying to murder police officers and destroy this city should think again,” – Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell
“Holding accountable those individuals whose sole focus is violence and destruction, like Mr. Muhammad, is central to our ongoing effort to support the rights of all Oregonians,”Scott Erik Asphaug, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon.
Based on court documents, Muhammad traveled to Portland from Indianapolis with his girlfriend in the late summer of 2020 with the sole purpose to be part of the BLM riots.
Through evidence and DNA collected from riot grounds and cell phone surveillance, along with closed circuit television footage where Muhammad was seen purchasing bats and several “growler” bottles, law enforcement connected him to the crimes.
Muhammad was arrested on Oct. 11, 2020, after a short chase following the destruction of building windows with a group of 250 people in downtown Portland. He had on him a loaded handgun magazine during the arrest.
Besides BLM, Muhammad was also allegedly involved with the extremist organization Antifa.
“On May 28, 2022, Muhammad pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing unregistered destructive devices. As part of his sentencing, Muhammad forfeited or abandoned his interest in a 12-gauge shotgun, an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a second rifle, a pistol, assorted ammunition, and all seized Molotov cocktail components and ingredients.”
Muhammad will serve his sentence in the Oregon state prison.
This is a big win for justice and a message that these riots and violence will have consequences for all of those involved.
Traveling across the country in an attempt to murder police officers and burn buildings is terrorism, not protest.