PORTLAND: SOME PROTESTORS NO CHARGES

Protesters arrested on nonviolent misdemeanor charges won’t be prosecuted

PORTLAND: SOME PROTESTORS NO CHARGES


PORTLAND: SOME PROTESTORS NO CHARGES

Prosecutors in Portland will not pursue charges against people who were arrested and accused of nonviolent crimes,

Amid large-scale protests that have persisted in the city since the Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt outlined his office’s position on Tuesday with a policy

Laying out why he felt it was unnecessary to prosecute those charged with nonviolent misdemeanor offenses.

Schmidt said that a prosecution of cases related “solely to protest activities”

Have a “weak nexus to further criminality” and draw away from the office’s mission.

Under the new policy, prosecutors will decline to move forward with cases against individuals,

Where the most serious offenses do not involve “deliberate property damage, theft, or the use or threat of force against another person.”

Those crimes include interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing, among others.


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