Man accused of burning cop with blowtorch during Roe protests

A 30-year-old Los Angeles man has been jailed for attempted murder after he was accused of injuring an LA police officer with a makeshift blowtorch during protests against the US Supreme Court’s overturning of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

Michael Ortiz was arrested Friday night on suspicion of assaulting the officer at 5th Street and Main Street downtown. He remained in custody Sunday on bail set at $1 million, according to the Los Angeles County Jail website.

The officer, whose name was not released, was treated at a hospital for burns and released, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The department did not provide any further information about the weapon allegedly used.

A total of four officers were injured by projectiles and firecrackers during demonstrations against the Roe ruling that overturned the constitutional right to abortion, the LAPD said.

“I condemn the violence against officers,” Police Chief Michel Moore said in a statement. “…Persons who engage in such criminal activity are not exercising their First Amendment rights in protest of the Supreme Court decision, but are acting as criminals. The department will vigorously pursue the prosecution of these individuals.”

Police arrested another protester, 23-year-old Juliana Bernado, on suspicion of resisting arrest after she was accused of trying to grab an officer’s baton, according to the LAPD. She was taken into custody after one or more officers fired a “less lethal” foam shell at her, the department said. Bernado, of Valley Village, was released from prison on $25,000 bail, according to the county jail’s website. Man accused of burning cop with blowtorch during Roe protests

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