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Wed Aug 12, 2020, 08:11 AM

District Attorney to drop most charges against Portland protesters

By Tess Riski | Published August 11 at 3:06 PM Updated August 11 at 5:52 PM

... "This policy acknowledges that the factors that lead to the commission of criminal activity during a protest are incredibly complex. The protesters are angry, yes," Schmidt said. "This frustration can escalate to levels that violate the law. Some of those violations are impermissible by any standard, resulting in physical violence, injury and worse. Others represent the instinctive reactions of people who have been gassed repeatedly, who have been struck with kinetic projectile weapons."

Under the new policy, the district attorney's office will "presumptively decline" to prosecute cases in which the most serious violation is a city ordinance, or where the crime did not involve deliberate property damage, theft or threat or use of force against another person.

Schmidt ran for office on a platform of criminal justice reform, and today's announcement delivers on that promise ...

... Of the 550 protest cases that have been referred to the district attorney's office between May 29 and Aug. 10 ... the DA's office now plans to prosecute 47, all of which are felony cases. An additional 86 felony cases are still pending ...

Crimes that will not be prosecuted include: interfering with a peace officer, disorderly conduct in the second degree, criminal trespass in the first or second degree, escape in the third degree, and harassment and riot when it isn't accompanied by a charge separate from this list ...

https://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2020/08/11/district-attorney-mike-schmidt-will-drop-the-majority-of-current-charges-again-portland-protesters/

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Wed Aug 12, 2020, 10:12 AM

1. This is appropriate

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