OPINION – On Tuesday, leftist Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, accompanied by a group of community representatives he referred to as his transition team, announced Tuesday that his office will drop most of the charges filed against protesters in Portland.
Schmidt told attendees at a press conference that his prosecutors won’t pursue demonstrators accused of interfering with police, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, escape or harassment if the allegations don’t involve “deliberate’’ property damage, theft or force against another person or threats of force.
That makes arresting the rioters an exercise in futility. Here’s an example of the size of the rocks the police are being pelted with.
Videos have been circulating of the police having rocks that size literally raining down on them so that trying to tie a specific rock to the person who launched it is virtually impossible.
Schmidt knew this would make proving any single person “‘deliberate’ property damage, theft or force against another person or threats of force” damned near impossible.
Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton knows this too. Hampton realizes removing enemy combatants from what amount to a battlefield only to be confronted by the same felons the following night put his men at a level of risk that was untenable.
Schmidt left Superintendent Hampton with no way to quell the carnage against the property they were sent to protect or themselves. Wars are won by attrition. The D.A. made sure the enemy didn’t suffer from attrition.
After learning of the District Attorney’s decree it was announced that the Oregon State Police will no longer be assisting with Portland riot control. They were pulling out of the city.
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