Hundreds Of Portland Rioters Charges To Be Dropped As DA Announces Plan To ‘Recognize Right To Speak’
It was a slam-dunk case for the Multnomah County DA: the destruction of county property caught on camera.
— Aaron Mesh (@AaronMesh) August 12, 2020
He’s basically saying rioting will be treated as free speech.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, leaning on a group of community representatives he called his transition team, announced Tuesday that his office will drop most of the charges filed against protesters in Portland.
His prosecutors won’t pursue demonstrators accused of interfering with police, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, escape or harassment if the allegations don’t involve “deliberate’’ property damage, theft or force against another person or threats of force, Schmidt said.