(thepostmillennial)The police-involved shooting of a black man who reportedly charged at officers with a knife after violating a restraining order has launched the latest round of Black Lives Matter-Antifa protests in a progressive college town in central Oregon. The suspect has survived and is now facing multiple felony charges related to a domestic violence incident.
Protests erupted last Friday night in Eugene following the shooting of 26-year-old Muhsin A. Sharif, who was injured but survived. The city is home to the University of Oregon and is infamous for its radical leftist politics. It has been the site of numerous violent protests and riots this year.
BLM-Antifa activists shut down streets and blocked a major intersection. They shouted the Antifa chant: “All cops are bastards!” But emerging details over their latest martyr brings into question whom BLM and Antifa are willing to show-up to support.
On Nov. 30, Sharif, of Philadelphia, allegedly violated a protective order and appeared at the victim’s home with a knife. The woman called 911. When Eugene Police responded to the call, the victim reported that Sharif had fled the scene with the knife.
Police say they found Sharif brandishing a knife in a nearby alley. He reportedly rushed toward the officers and was shot. He was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital for treatment where he was discharged after four days.
Sharif was arrested and booked into the Lane County Jail on four felony charges on Dec. 4, just as protests in support of him were breaking out on the streets of Eugene. He is charged with strangulation, fourth-degree assault, first-degree criminal mistreatment and unlawful use of a weapon. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2021.
Sharif’s sister, Khalilah Cooper, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his legal fees. Several thousand dollars have been raised already.
Sharif’s other siblings in Pennsylvania, Tasmiyah Sharif and Fajr Sharif, spoke with a local news station to demand police accountability. They said their brother was visiting Oregon when he got into an argument with the mother of his child.
In May, Sharif was charged in Lane County with punitive contempt of court. The case was dismissed on Nov. 30 because the state of Oregon could not locate the named victim, an essential witness, for the subpoena service.
Sharif has an extensive violent criminal history in Pennsylvania. He’s been convicted for a slew of drug-related and disorderly conduct offenses in Luzerne County.
Earlier this year, Sharif pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats and simple assault. He was also charged for felony strangulation, felony theft and harassment in the case but the charges were later dropped.
Lane County’s Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team in Eugene is conducting an ongoing investigation into the use of force incident over Sharif’s shooting. The two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.