Friday, August 14, 2020

Oregon, My Oregon

Very interesting development earlier today, as the Oregon State Police announced they were leaving Portland.
Local reporting says that the move is a result of the announcement by Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s that his office does not intend to prosecute most of those arrested.
“The Oregon State Police is continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority.”
The Sheriff forMultnomah County also weighed in with some concerns about the policy announced by the District Attorney in an email obtained by local news.
“I have a concern and a question. I didn’t realize riot was one of the charges you were presumptively dismissing. I haven’t read any of the PPB reports related to that specific charge but I have witnessed situations where it’s been used and the criminal behavior has been significant. I would recommend that charge be moved to a different tier.”
“I was trying to understand bullet point #5. What is the intent?
“Are you still planning a press conference? The situation on the street is incredibly volatile with a really committed group of Antifa/anarchists starting fires, damaging property and assaulting police/community members. They may feel even more emboldened if there is a public statement that appears to minimize their activities.”
The deployment of the State Police in support of the Portland PD was the product of an agreement reached between Democrat Oregon Governor Kate Brown, and officials of the Trump Administration, which came after weeks of escalating violence in the rioting at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland. Prior to the agreement being reached two weeks ago, the Portland Police Department had been ordered by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to leave federal law enforcement agents defending the courthouse to fend for themselves, and did nothing while rioters organized themselves and provided for their logistical needs in the parks across the street from the courthouse. Gov. Brown agreed to deploy the State Police — and to force Mayor Wheeler to employ the Portland Police Department to put down the rioting by cleaning out their staging locations and denying them the ability to organize their activities.
Gov. Brown is now claiming this was the plan all along:

At the time the deal was announced, there was no mention of there being a specific time frame for the commitment, and violence returned to the streets of Portland around the courthouse last night for the first time in two weeks. Officials in Washington must be wondering today if the two developments are a coincidence. As noted in the local report, there is concern that the District Attorney’s announcement may increase the likelihood that the violence will escalate once again with rioters believing they are at less risk of protection for their conduct.
If I were a top cop, and the DA were releasing all the people I arrested, and the people on the street were trying to hurt or blind me, I'd quit too.

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