March 12, 2021
DA Mike Schmidt statement on potential criminal activity
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt reiterated the following statement about potential criminal activity being planned in parts of Portland including downtown and the Pearl District.
“Acts of violence against people and damage to property are unlawful and unacceptable. I have adamantly and repeatedly said that property damage and violent behavior will not be tolerated. Recent riotous activity and wanton destruction of private property that targets businesses struggling to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic does not appear connected to the calls for social justice and system reform, which I strongly support. Instead, these destructive acts only serve to harm our community. My office will continue to prosecute acts of violence and property destruction.”
This office prioritizes the prosecution of crimes that endanger life safety and crimes involving property destruction, and reviews all felony and misdemeanor criminal cases that are referred by law enforcement. These misdemeanor crimes, among others, include Attempted Assaulting a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with a Peace or Public Safety Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office