Just before he sentenced Malik Fard Muhammad, a federal judge Tuesday wanted to understand what drove the 25-year-old man to hurl Molotov cocktails at police in Portland and break windows during mass protests in the city’s downtown in 2020.
“Everybody wants to know what happened with you?” U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez asked. “How did this happen?”
Muhammad, who traveled with his girlfriend from Indiana to Portland during the height of the social justice protests two years ago, now stood in a blue jail smock in Hernandez’s 15th floor courtroom, beside a public defender.
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