A Portland attorney summoned an Oregon District attorney for violating “basic principles of equal protection of laws” by deciding not to prosecute hundreds of Portland protesters.
“We have a prosecutor who has dismissed for centuries a common sense of criminal law and obstruction and disability and all the other benefits of arresting people for the purpose of promoting public disorder in Portland,” attorney James Buchal told Fox & Friends First “on Thursday.
Buchal made the comments two days after Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that charges would be dropped against protesters who were arrested and charged with interfering with a peace officer or probation and probation; disorderly conduct; criminal offenses; go; harassment and rioting, unless they were accompanied by other charges of physical violence or property damage.
“Protesters are angry … and deeply irritated by what they think are structural inequalities in our basic social structure, and this frustration can escalate to levels that break the law,”; Schmidt said. “This policy acknowledges that centuries of our various black treatment [sic] and coffee communities have left deep wounds and that the healing process will not be easy or fast. “
Host Jillian Mele noted Thursday that only “45 of the 550 cases referred by police are being prosecuted.”
She then asked Buchal what kind of precedent the movement sets, not just in Portland, but in cities across the country.
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“It sets a precedent that if you are giving the Democratic Party’s preferred message machine, that you are isolated by criminal law,” Buchal said. “It basically requires criminal conduct and says, ‘Oh, this is the first Amendment conduct, but if someone on the right wing does it, it’ s still criminal conduct ‘and violates the basic principles of equal protection of the law.”
Portland has been rocked by demonstrations for months after George Floyd’s May 25 death in police custody in Minneapolis.
Demonstrations in Oregon City that began peacefully have regularly plunged into chaos as police and protesters clashed outside touch zones in the north and east of the city, the police union headquarters and a building housing police offices downtown.
Buchal said others “have been prosecuted in the past in Portland for the same conduct” and there is a “strong case for an unconstitutional prosecution”.
“We will not use criminal law as a means of closing one type of dispute and promoting another,” he added.
“We have people in Portland who have been prosecuted for doing nothing but standing in front of a crowd of Antifa people and holding a cell phone and saying, ‘Look these are Antifa people and they are rebelling.’ “They have been prosecuted and at the same time you have people violently attacking the police and firing fireworks and throwing ink bombs at them … and these are the people who are all given a pass,” he explained.
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Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.