March 05, 2021 – Updated
Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a video that highlights the perspectives of a felony gun crimes prosecutor and a victim advocate assigned to the District Attorney’s Major Crimes Team.
The video, can be viewed by clicking here.
Additionally, DA Schmidt is releasing additional data on the total number of gun violence-related criminal prosecutions initiated in February 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Total Number of Gun Violence-related Prosecutions initiated
March 04, 2021
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that during the month of February his office initiated 36 separate gun violence-related criminal prosecutions.
|Primary Firearm Related Charge||
Total Case Count (36)
|Felon in Possession of a Firearm||
|Possession of a Firearm in Public Building||
|Unlawful Possession Firearm||
|Unlawful use Weapon w/ Firearm||
Two of the 36 cases issued in February 2021 are homicide-related investigations. Specific information on those cases cannot be released under ORS 192.345 (3).
Five of the 36 cases issued in February 2021 are domestic violence-related and involve a firearm being used.
“The gun violence happening in Multnomah County is not isolated to just one neighborhood. It impacts all of us. As district attorney, public safety will always be my foremost priority. We all have an interest in stopping gun violence. My office continues to partner with public health officials, non-profit organizations, faith leaders, and law enforcement to respond, with urgency, to the surge,” said District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
Although some of the incident dates preceded the month of February, all 36 cases were initiated between February 1 and February 28, 2021.
Community members with information about a recent – or past gun crime in Multnomah County – should submit a tip to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office