(FreedomJournal.org)- After several months of violence, arson, and general unrest I the city of Portland, the news broke this week that the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office dismissed the charges for almost 70% of people who were arrested during the riots.
Riots in the city have not gone away but do not appear to be occurring every single night any more.
Here’s a brief reminder of the kind of violence and unrest seen in Portland, Oregon, since early 2020.
“Violent colonizers! This is native land!” shouts Tracy Molina to federal officers. Molina has been arrested seven times in recent violent Portland protests and riots and faces no consequence. #PortlandRiots #antifa pic.twitter.com/OKTm3OYwWG
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) October 7, 2020
Law enforcement officers have even been blinded by green lasers used by rioters in the city, and explosives have been repeatedly thrown at federal buildings.
Is Antifa using actual explosives in Portland? pic.twitter.com/leql5XzUhn
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 28, 2020
Officers sustained burns last night at the #antifa riot in Seattle. Like Portland, the militants there buy and use large commercial-grade firework explosives as weapons. #SeattleRiots pic.twitter.com/6skruuFhY0
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 17, 2020
In a statement on Thursday, it was explained how the Portland DA had released a “new statistical dashboard that analyses protest-related cases referred to his office by law enforcement for prosecutorial review and potential issuing.”
The numbers show that of the 974 cases that were referred to the Multnomah DA office, some 666 were rejected. That’s 68% of all cases. And, most of the cases that were rejected were dropped “in the interest of justice.” Which literally means nothing.
The statistics show how Multnomah County handled the cases of arrests during riots in the city, and it shows exactly what you would expect from left-wing officials.
Multnomah District Attorney Mike Schmidt very publicly admitted in the early days of the Portland riots that he intended on dropping lesser charges that the Portland Police Bureau would often arrest protesters for. He said the charges he intended to drop including “rioting, disorderly conduct, and ‘interfering with a peace officer.’”
It’s one of the reasons why Portland rioters have caused so much disruption in the city. They knew that the District Attorney would drop their charges.