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Activists Protest Shooting of Man Who Allegedly Strangled Child’s Mother and Charged Police With a Knife
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Activists Protest Shooting of Man Who Allegedly Strangled Child’s Mother and Charged Police With a Knife

by Leah AnayaDecember 8, 2020

Eugene, OR – More information has been released in relation to an officer involved shooting from November 30 in Eugene. Muhsin Sharif, a 26-year-old black man, was shot by police responding to a domestic violence incident in an alley in the Whiteaker neighborhood after he threatened and charged an officer with a knife.

Sharif was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot twice, but is on the path to recovery.

Last Friday, Sharif was charged with four felonies, including strangulation and fourth-degree assault as well as first-degree criminal mistreatment (as his child was injured during the incident) and unlawful use of a weapon (the knife). Brian Michaels, Sharif’s attorney, said that he was arraigned from his hospital bed on one of four charges brought against him, although it’s unclear which one.

Sharif has since been taken to the Lane County Jail.

Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner said that while there is body cam video as well as in-car camera and third party surveillance footage, which will not be released until the Oregon State Police and the Lane County District Attorney’s Office complete their investigation of the shooting.

Activists in the area, particularly Black Lives Matter, are displeased with the statement and have been demanding the video be released. They also demand “justice” for Sharif.

During the march, attendees shouted, “All cops are bastards!” They shut down side streets and also blocked a major intersection in the city.

Chief Skinner also said that Sharif has a history of “family violence,” and the family Sharif was around the day of the shooting holds a restraining order against him. On the dispatch call log, officers were advised that Sharif had left the residence armed with a knife. Skinner said, “Whether that was meant for police, or was meant to intimidate the victim…right now we don’t know the answers to that, but we do know that the knife was taken for a purpose.”

A GoFundMe has raised almost $2,500 for legal fees for Sharif at the time of this writing. The site says it doesn’t support raising money for legal fees, and the specific account for Sharif (started by his sister, Khalilh Cooper) doesn’t mention the charges levied against him.

Tasmiyah and Fajr Sharif, other siblings of Sharif, said they’re demanding police accountability. They also said that Sharif was in Oregon visiting from Pennsylvania to see his child when he got into an argument with the child’s mother. He was also in the area in May, when he was charged with contempt of court. The court was forced to drop the charges for that in November, however, when they were unable to locate the victim in that incident to serve a subpoena.

In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, Sharif has several drug related and disorderly conduct charges against him, as well as making terroristic threats and simple assault. In that case, he was also charged in the past with strangulation felony theft and harassment, but those charges were dropped.

Sharif’s pre-trial conference is scheduled to take place January 11, 2021.

About The Author
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at www.leahanaya.com.
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