Federal Charges Dropped against Antifa Rioter Who Assaulted Police Officers
Violent Portland leftist Eva Warner walks free after case mysteriously dropped
A violent Antifa activist, who was arrested for assaulting police officers during last year's Black Lives Matter riots, is now back on the streets after the federal charges were mysteriously dropped.
Eva Warner of Beaverton, Oregon, who police said was also known as Joshua Warner, had a federal case dropped after completing 30 hours of community service, according to court documents.
Warner was charged in September 2020 with felony civil disorder.
On the evening of August 8, 2020, authorities declared a riot at the Portland Police Association office on North Lombard Street in Portland.
The riot broke out after Antifa members smashed windows and set fire to the office.
The rioters had also used dumpsters and vehicles to illegally block traffic, according to the Justice Department.
That summer, Portland, like many other Democrat-controlled cities, was facing mass protests that descended into violent rioting in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Portland Police said Warner directed a high-powered laser into the eyes of law enforcement officers trying to disperse the crowd.
Warner resisted arrest, prompting officers to use force, the DOJ said.
A laser pointer was found on Warner.
Warner was booked into custody and charged with intentionally obstructing, impeding, interfering with law enforcement officers engaged in official duties but later released without bail.
About a week later, Warner was arrested again and charged with second-degree criminal mischief in connection with another riot.
Warner was again released from custody without bail.
Warner was once again released without bail.
Amid a federal investigation, U.S. Marshals arrested Warner on September 2, 2020, in a southeast Portland apartment without incident.
Warner appeared in court before a U.S. Magistrate Judge the next day and was later released pending further court proceedings.
Warner was looking at a maximum five-year sentence in federal prison if convicted.
Scott Erik Asphaug, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, filed a motion on December 21, asking the court to "dismiss with prejudice the indictment against (Warner), in the best interests of justice."
The motion noted that the defendant had performed "at least 30 hours of community service."
The next day, U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon dismissed Warner’s indictment "with prejudice," according to court documents obtained by Fox News.
Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon Thomas S. Ratcliffe and the Portland Police Association have yet to comment on the move.
Warner's attorney has not made a statement about the decision.
Portland Police declined to comment on Warner’s case, saying its role is to investigate crime, make arrests and forward the cases to the district attorney for prosecution.