Portland, in a bid to burnish its reputation as a haven for rioters and lawlessness, is dropping charges against rioters. From Victoria Taft at pjmedia.com:
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that his default position is not to prosecute and that most crimes by rioters will be forgiven and forgotten.
That list of crimes includes interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct, and rioting.
-interfering with a police officer
-escape in the 3rd degree
-riot (somtimes in some circumstances)
Attacks on police officers and resisting arrest will be scrutinized based on whether – and we’re not making this up – police caused rioters to react because they used tear gas or other crowd-control measures causing rioters to “instinctively lash out.”
…the instinctive reaction of people who have been gassed repeatedly, who have been struck with kinetic projectile weapons, and who have seen other protestors arrested in ways they deeply disapprove of.