October 17, 2020

USA: 90% Of People Arrested In Riot-Related Charges In Portland Have Had Their Charges Dropped. Newly-Elected District Attorney In Portland Admits He Is 'Old Buddies' With Antifa.

KOIN6 CBS News, Portland local
written by Hannah Ray Lambert
Tuesday October 6, 2020

PORTLAND, Oregon — Police made more than 200 arrests in connection with ongoing civil unrest in Portland during the month of September; however, about nine out of every 10 suspects have already had their charges dropped.

Officers with the Portland Police Bureau, as well as Oregon State Police, made 213 arrests in September, according to a KOIN 6 News database compiled from press releases and direct inquiries. That’s a decrease from August, which had a record 295 arrests.

The nightly protest streak ended in September, as wildfires created hazardous air quality in Portland. Several nights have seen little to no activity from demonstrators and, subsequently, no arrests. The city is arguably the calmest it has been since the first riot on May 29.

As in August, interfering with a peace officer was the most common charge demonstrators were arrested on, followed by disorderly conduct and riot. All three charges are ones the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has decided to “presumptively decline to prosecute.” The policy is designed to “focus limited prosecution resources on violent crimes that include property damage, assaultive behavior and actions that create a risk of injury or property destruction during a mass demonstration,” according to the DA’s office.

Indeed, most suspects have had their charges dropped or dismissed, some as soon as the day after their arrest. As of October 5, charges had been dropped in around 90% of the cases stemming from September’s protest activity.

Note: Seven of the people PPB reported arresting/citing for protest-related crimes do not appear in Oregon’s online court record system. Reasons for the discrepancy could include name misspellings, delays in data entry, or a case not being referred to the DA’s office. Police also detained seven juveniles in September. Those cases are not reflected in the graphic below.

Some of the charges in the 19 cases that are still open include:
  • Assaulting a public safety officer
  • Attempted assault on a public safety officer
  • Unlawful possession of a destructive device
  • Riot
  • Arson
  • Felon in possession of body armor
The vast majority of people arrested in connection with protests (63%) have been from Portland, according to police. Only around 13% have been from outside of Oregon, according to available data.

At least 20 of the people arrested in September have been arrested in connection with previous protests. Tracy Molina, 47, has been arrested six times.

Brandon Paape, 31, and 40-year-old Peter Curtis (preferred name Tabitha Poppins) both have at least five protest-related arrests under their belts.

Simona Arteaga, 39, and Rachel Myles, 34, have both been arrested four times, according to police and court records.

As of October 6, Molina and Arteaga were the only ones with cases left open (one each). It’s unclear if they have attorneys.

Warrant for man accused of throwing Molotov

At least one person arrested at a September protest now has a warrant out for his arrest. Joseph Robert Sipe allegedly admitted to lighting a Molotov cocktail and throwing it behind a line of police officers on Sept. 23, according to court documents.

Officers originally arrested Sipe on charges that included attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault, and arson. However, the more serious charges were dropped and he now only faces one count of riot and one count of possession of a destructive device.

The 23-year-old is identified in court papers as a homeless former Marine who has schizophrenia and an arrest warrant in Georgia for aggravated assault. Sipe has been unemployed for “a couple years” and food stamps are his only source of income, according to court documents.

Despite that, he managed to post $1,000 bail on Sept. 29. He was supposed to appear in court again Friday, Oct. 2, but didn’t show, according to the DA’s office. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest. KOIN 6 News reached out to his public defender for comment, but has not heard back as of Tuesday morning.
The Post Millennial
written by Mia Cathell
Saturday August 15, 2020

Newly-elected District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who refuses to prosecute Portland rioters, admits he is "old buddies" with an Antifa militant campaigning to defund the police, abolish prisons, and demand reparations.
The hour-long Jul. 21 interview with Schmidt is a first in the series of "social justice leaders" features conducted by a self-described "Anti-Fascist" and "old time buddy" of Schmidt's, social media personality Awkword.

Awkword leads the Ten Demands for Justice movement, "a roadmap for the defunding and then full abolition of police and prisons."

Before Schmidt was sworn in as district attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon, he video chatted with Awkword to discuss his priorities as incoming chief prosecutor.

Their 20-year-long friendship began at Vassar College in New York dominated by "what general society would deem as radicals" who made the duo "look like conservatives."

"As a DA, people probably assume that your mission is to put people in jail," Awkword prefaced. "I know that's not what you do," he added.

Awkword then asked Schmidt how he thinks he was "radicalized" since college.

Schmidt explained that he was left of center at Vassar and grappling between applying to be a public defender or a prosecutor.

When the public defenders wouldn't accept him, former Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk gave him his first chance to practice criminal law as an intern and as a deputy district attorney.

"There are things you can do to show people mercy at your discretion, and also there's the victim's side," Schmidt said, "...although I think our criminal justice system very much fails victims..."

"The vast majority of perpetrators have been victims themselves," Awkword pivoted, finding his "research" not surprising.

These "victims" seek "reparative justice" by being rewarded with social services opposed to imprisonment, he emphasized.

Then Awkword questioned what Schmidt considers "fair punishment."

Schmidt began by claiming that the criminal justice system was built on "white supremacist culture" and serves the needs of certain victims defined by the system.

"The focus is not 'How do we help the victim heal?' The focus is on, as you said, punishment," Schmidt answered.

In 2015, Ore. Gov. Kate Brown appointed Schmidt to be the director of the Criminal Justice Commission, the state's sentencing agency. In this leadership role, Schmidt advocated for ending cash bail and investing in alternative programs to incarceration.

As a "prison and police abolitionist," Awkword stated that these alternatives are an "incremental step" to "utilize prisons less" as leftist activists work to defund law enforcement.

"I definitely see you as an ally in that effort," Awkword told Schmidt.

As a change-from-within official, Schmidt expressed that he ran on "needing to shrink the criminal justice system" as "counterproductive to public safety."

Awkword then called attention to Schmidt's stance on not criminalizing protestors who are "just exercising their First Amendment rights."

Schmidt stated that the violent Portland riots "are nothing like the Armageddon that the Trump Administration is trying to portray our city," calling the Burnside Bridge Die-In on Jun. 2 a "beautiful demonstration."

Leftists activists are protesting for issues that are "completely consistent" with the platform Schmidt ran on, he proudly exclaimed, such as the elimination of mandatory minimum sentencing.

"This dystopian image that is being painted nationally is not at all what it looks like on our streets," Schmidt continued. "We have amazing people out every night talking about the systemic racism in our criminal justice system."

Overnight, Antifa rioters shut down streets and started fires in north Portland, also causing a car accident. Responding officers were attacked with concrete, lasers, paint bombs, and ball bearings from slingshots. Only four were arrested, according to a press release by the Portland Police Bureau.
One-third of stranger murders are committed by cops, Awkword claimed, although this figure is skewed. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting data in 2018, the relationship between murder victims and offenders was unknown in 49.5 percent of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter incidents, so "all Americans killed by strangers" is a base with vast uncertainty. And then, "killed by police" would include justified incidents as well as unjustified one.

"These are not great people we want to have military-grade weapons," Awkword concluded.

When Schmidt ran against Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight in Multnomah County's first contested district attorney race in more than 30 years, it was a referendum on criminal justice reform.

Knight received $25,000 from the Multnomah County Prosecuting Attorneys Association and $20,000 from the Portland Police Association, who all strongly endorsed him.

Schmidt beat Knight 75 percent to 25 percent. The shift in status quo led District Attorney Rod Underhill to announce a leave from office six months early. On Aug. 1, Schmidt assumed his post. Then on Aug. 11, Schmidt announced during a Tuesday morning press conference that his office would drop charges against numerous rioters accused of low-level crimes since May 29, Willamette Weekly reported. The policy would only pursue charges against protesters who deliberately destroyed property, used force against another person, or threatened to do so.

Signing off, Awkword noted that he would like to see Schmidt run for president one day.

"We'll see," Schmidt responded sheepishly.
👇 His city is being destroyed by Antifa Anarcho Communist domestic terrorists and he's most concerned about White Supremacist? 👇

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