Michael Ortiz, 30, of Los Angeles, California, United States allegedly attacked a Los Angeles Police Department officer with a makeshift flamethrower during an abortion rights demonstration in Los Angeles at around around 8:20 p.m. on June 24, 2022. That day, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The LAPD officer’s name was not released. After being treated for burns at a hospital, the officer was released.
A total of four LAPD officers were injured by projectiles and fireworks during the demonstrations over the Roe v. Wade reversal. LAPD chief Michel Moore said in a statement, “I condemn the violence against officers that occurred last night and into today.”
“Individuals participating in such criminal activity are not exercising their 1st Amendment rights in protest of the Supreme Court decision, rather, they are acting as criminals,” Moore continued. “The Department will vigorously pursue prosecution of these individuals.”
Ortiz was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer. As of June 26, 2022, he remained in custody with bail set at $1 million.
Decided on January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade was argued on December 13, 1971 and reargued on October 11, 1972. It was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that ruled that the U.S. Constitution generally protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion.
Argued on April 22, 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey was decided on June 29, 1992. It was a landmark case of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the right to have an abortion as established by the holding in Roe v. Wade.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was argued on December 1, 2021 and decided on June 24, 2022. It is a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court overruling both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, holding that the U.S. Constitution does not confer any right to abortion.