Local hip hop artist and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” activist Loren Ware, 23, appeared in a Portland courtroom Tuesday to plead no contest to charges filed against him after last month’s Last Thursday street fair shooting on Northeast Portland’s Alberta Street.
Ware goes by the stage name Glenn Waco. He was charged with two counts of interfering with police, as well as harassment and disorderly conduct.
The street fair shooting injured two 15-year-old boys and a 25-year-old woman. Police later arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the shooting and recovered a handgun.
Waco and Marcus Cooper, 26, were charged following the incident. Ware said he and Cooper were trying to assist victims after the shooting, and became frustrated with Portland police officers at the scene who, he claimed, were looking for the shooter, but ignoring requests for help with the victims.
Ware said he and Cooper eventually got into a confrontation with police officers while trying to leave the Last Thursday event.
Despite the no-contest plea, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Julia Philbrook asked Ware to state that his behavior had been harmful to the community. Ware refused.
Philbrook sentenced Ware to 24 hours of community service. Cooper also plead no contest to charges last week and was sentenced to community service.