Pro-Abortion Protester Hit with Attempted Murder Charge After Allegedly Burning Officer with Flamethrower

A pro-abortion demonstrator has been charged with attempted murder after a Los Angeles protest turned violent against Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling.

Michael Ortiz, 30, attacked an officer Friday night with what police called a “makeshift flamethrower,” according to KTLA-TV.

The officer required hospitalization for burns, the station reported; Ortiz was arrested on an attempted murder charge.


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Police said that as the protests went on, they shifted from peaceful to violent.

Protesters threw bottles, rocks, and fireworks at police.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore denounced the violence.

“I condemn the violence against officers that occurred last night and into today. Individuals participating in such criminal activity are not exercising their 1st Amendment rights in protest of the Supreme Court decision, rather, they are acting as criminals,” Moore said in a news release published to Twitter late Friday.

Moore said the policy of his department for protesters who turn their rage on police  or commit a crime will Beto  “vigorously pursue prosecution,” according to KTLA.

Ortiz’ bail was set at $1 million. He was still behind bars Saturday, KTLA reported.


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Police noted that a woman identified as Juliana Bernado, 23, was arrested after allegedly trying to grab an officer’s baton, according to KTLA

Police said that a 40mm “less lethal round” was used to subdue Bernardo.

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She was jailed and faces possible charges of resisting arrest.

The protest was part of a series of violent pro-abortion protests around the country that followed the Supreme Court ruling, which overturned the 1973 decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States and returned the issue to the control of state legislatures.

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