Portland police officer indicted on protest assault charge

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury has returned an indictment against a Portland police officer accusing him of hitting a protester in the head with a baton in 2020.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the indictment marks the first time in Multnomah County that a Portland officer has been prosecuted stemming from force used during a protest.

Months of demonstrations over racial injustice last year led to accusations that officers were heavy-handed in their response.

The indictment charges Corey Budworth with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

The Associated Press has emailed Budworth’s lawyer, Nicole L. Robbins, for comment.

The police union called the prosecution politically-driven, and said Budworth’s baton strike to a woman’s head was “accidental,” not criminal.

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