Portland DA DROPS Charges in 70 Percent of Riot Cases

Portland Police

The Multnomah County District Attorney has made it quite clear that county leaders have no interest in restoring law and order to the violent, anarchist, liberal utopia of Portland.

Newly released from the MCDA reveals it dropped almost 70 percent of cases brought to the office between May 29 and October 5.

Andy Ngo reports:

Between May 29 and Oct. 5, there were 974 cases brought to the MCDA’s office by Portland Police. Many involve repeat offenders though the number isn’t published in the report. Nearly 70 percent of these cases were dropped. 543 cases were rejected in the “interest of justice,” 44 cases due to “insufficient evidence,” 12 cases due to “a legal impediment,” and 67 cases are “pending investigative follow-up from law enforcement.”

Oregon Live reports that so far, of the 39 cases involving allegations of a rioter assaulting a law enforcement officer, only seven of them are being charged by prosecutors. Prosecutors also filed charges against just 20 protesters of the 159 cases submitted by police.

In a press release on the MCDA’s newly compiled data, District Attorney Mike Schmidt said, “This is a major step forward for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Transparency in the work we do is a keystone to my administration. Moving this data online for the community to easily use will have a significant impact on understanding cases that arise from mass demonstrations. I promised during my campaign that I take a smarter approach to justice. That work continues with the launch of this dashboard. I am committed to launching future dashboards and other public facing programs that will support data-driven and transparent decision making.”