A woman who says she was injured by a paintball fired by a violent pro-Trump supporter during a clash last month between right-wing and opposing demonstrators in downtown Portland has filed a $250,000 lawsuit against the man she says shot her, according to The Oregonian.
In her lawsuit filed Monday, Meg McLain says she was observing a pro-Trump rally next to the Multnomah County Justice Center on Aug. 22 when Alan Swinney intentionally shot her with a paintball gun, leaving a large red welt and circular injury to one of her breasts.
The Oregonian reports that about 300 people attended the rally to support the president and police or to counterprotest. Supporters of the conservative group Proud Boys as well as the left-leaning Black Lives Matter and antifa movements were all present.
Alan swinney shoots paintballs in the crowd. One paint ball hit this reporter, I point to press pass, swinney continues anyway pic.twitter.com/Hro9pPp6Rr
— Sergio Olmos (@MrOlmos) August 23, 2020
“Swinney, who has described himself on social media as a conservative and a Trump supporter, was photographed by The Oregonian/OregonLive pointing the paintball gun toward a crowd of antifa or Black Lives Matter protesters and then seen shooting,” the newspaper reports. “He also was seen pointing what appeared to be a firearm at the crowd, but he did not shoot.”
Alan Swinney points a gun during clashes between right-wing demonstrators, including Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer, and anti-racism protesters in Portland, Oregon, August 22, 2020. pic.twitter.com/UPnzm0spkA
— Abdulsatar Bochnak (@AbdulsatarBoch1) August 28, 2020
According to McLain’s attorney, police ignored Swinney when she told them what he had done.
“It’s just one of the many cases where police are seemingly showing favoritism to Trump supporters,” attorney Michael Fuller said.
To date, no charges have been filed against Swinney.