This may have been one of President Trump’s best political moves this year.
Rioting has continued in Portland for weeks and the cities top prosecutor has been dropping charges against rioters. It was so frustrating that last month Oregon State Police left the city blaming the prosecutor for dropping charges against rioters.
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said that he wouldn’t prosecute protesters arrested for lesser offenses, like interfering with a police officer or ignoring police orders to clear the streets.
“We continue to prioritize public safety resources in Multnomah County by focusing on the violent crimes occurring at protests and in our community, including the recent and alarming increase in gun violence this summer,” Schmidt said.
Oregon State Police are sending in federally deputized troopers to respond to protest-related violence in Portland — effectively circumventing the Multnomah County DA’s office, which OSP has criticized in the past for not prioritizing prosecutions.
— Deborah Bloom (@deborahebloom) September 1, 2020
OSP PIO tells me: “OSP is not criticizing any officials and we respect the authority of the District Attorney, but to meet the Governor’s charge of bringing violence to an end we will use all lawful methods at our disposal.”
— Deborah Bloom (@deborahebloom) September 2, 2020
Now the Oregon State Police troopers assigned to help the police in Portland have now been cross-deputize by the federal government. This means that the US Attorney’s Office can lodge charges against those arrested by deputized troopers.
KGW’s Pat Dorris explained what this means for rioters:
“This is basically the ground changing under the feet of the protesters. because when the state police come in and are cross-deputized by the [U.S. Marshals], they’re able to make arrests under the federal law. And I’m told there is something similar to interfering with a police officer under the federal law. [Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt] will not prosecute someone for that charge, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office has been much more aggressive at holding people accountable and prosecuting for all kinds of charges. So, I think you’re going to see a lot more of that start to happen as soon as these officers arrive.”
Federal authorities are already filing charges.
The significance of this charge is that rioters in Ore. can now be FEDERALLY charged for crimes against state officers. It was reported yesterday @ORStatePolice have been cross-deputized by the federal government. This bypasses @DAMikeSchmidt‘s catch & release policy. #antifa https://t.co/CXSVMM23py
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 2, 2020
What’s remarkable here is that Trump has been able to use the power of the US government to help stop the riots without enacting the Insurrection Act.
It was a masterful move taking the radicals out of the equation and rioters are shaken. The post below is from a radical news organization in Portland that pushes Antifa propaganda.
That’s no good.
Wonder whether the governor, and Oregon’s congresscritters who generally like to be seen as opposed to a slide into total police-state fascism, will have a problem with this at all, or do anything about it. https://t.co/lPIeaq6L27
— 45th ןǝןןɐɹɐd ʇsıpɹnsqɐ ǝpɐbıɹq (@45thabsurdist) September 1, 2020
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