Mac Smiff

Mac Smiff is an artist, utility worker, and editor-in-chief of a hip-hop magazine. He is a veteran activist and has been attending Black Lives Matter events in Portland for more than six years, including the recent protests outside the Hatfield Courthouse.  In the early morning of July 25, 2020, an unidentified federal officer shot Smiff in the head with an impact munition while he was lawfully attending the protest.  At that moment, Smiff was standing in Lownsdale Square, which is separated from the Hatfield Courthouse by SW Third Avenue. Smiff was wearing a helmet which had a sign on it indicating that he was a member of the press.  Federal officials were clearing SW Third Avenue immediately in front of the Hatfield Courthouse, some 15 to 20 yards away from where Smiff was standing. Smiff was approximately 10 feet away from any other protesters. When Smiff looked down at his phone to send a tweet, he was shot in the right side of his face with an indelible hard-cap paintball, just below the line of his helmet and just above a face mask he was wearing, possibly suffering a concussion.