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Biden's DOJ Has Dropped 'More than One-Third' of Cases Against Portland Rioters

Department of Justice has been quietly dismissing federal cases against violent leftists

 on 5th March 2021 @ 5.00pm
the justice department is dropped cases against rioters under joe biden © press
The Justice Department is dropped cases against rioters under Joe Biden

Joe Biden's Department of Justice (DOJ) has been quietly dropping cases against violent leftists involved in last year's months-long rioting and unrest in Portland, Oregon, according to local reports.

Local news outlet KGW revealed this week that "more than one-third of cases" against violent rioters have been dismissed since Biden took office in January.

“Federal prosecutors have dismissed more than one-third of cases stemming from last summer’s violent protests in downtown Portland when protesters clashed with federal agents,” the station reported Wednesday.

KGW “reviewed federal court records and found 31 of the 90 protest cases have been dismissed by the U.S. Department of Justice, including a mix of misdemeanor and felony charges.” 

"Some of the most serious charges dropped include four defendants charged with assaulting a federal officer, which is a felony," the report adds.

"More than half of the dropped charges were ‘dismissed with prejudice,’ which several former federal prosecutors described as extremely rare."

portlands streets were turned into a war zone by far left rioters © press
Portlands streets were turned into a war zone by far-left rioters

"‘Dismissed with prejudice’ means the case can’t be brought back to court,” the outlet explained.

The charges all stem from confrontations between far-left Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters and special agents of the federal government brought in to protect and defend the city’s federal courthouse over the summer, according to The Daily Wire.

The Department of Justice, in some cases, brought charges against protesters after Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt told media that he would not prosecute demonstrators for what he considered to be minor crimes.

“Multnomah DA Mike Schmidt pledged, near the beginning of the unrest, that his office would drop ‘lesser charges that the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) often arrests protesters for, such as rioting, disorderly conduct, and ‘interfering with a peace officer’—a catch-all term for not following orders or bothering a cop,” The Daily Wire noted in a report from last year.

Schmidt ultimately dropped charges leveled against nearly 70% of those arrested, according to the same report.

“Of 974 cases referred to the Multnomah DA’s office for prosecution, 666 were rejected — 68% of all referred cases.”

At the time, then-Attorney General William Barr directed federal prosecutors to pick up the slack.

To make up for the DA’s lack of prosecutions, the Department of Homeland Security deputized members of the Oregon State Police and the Portland Police Department.

Individuals arrested by or for inferring with those officers were referred to the United States Attorney’s office for prosecution if the DA declined to follow up.

Under the new president, things appear to have changed.

“The dismissal of protest cases runs counter to the tough talk coming from the U.S. Department of Justice last summer,” KGW reported.

"Billy Williams, then-U.S. Attorney for Oregon, vowed there would be consequences for the nightly graffiti, fires, and vandalism outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse."

at the beginning of the unrest  multnomah s leftist da mike schmidt vowed to drop charges against rioters © press
At the beginning of the unrest, Multnomah's leftist DA Mike Schmidt vowed to drop charges against rioters

Part of the issue may be that a number of protesters charged by the Trump-era DOJ were charged with “civil disorder,” a non-specific crime created to address out-of-control demonstrations in the 1960s.

The Trump administration may have been willing to defend the “civil disorder” charge in court against claims such a charge violates the First Amendment, but the Biden administration may not be.

As of next month, Oregon will have a new federal prosecutor and further changes are expected.

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