October 26, 2020
PORTLAND, Ore. – On October 21, 2020 the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office learned that a grand jury returned a secret indictment criminally charging a retired police officer assigned to the Portland Police Bureau in connection to an alleged incident that occurred in downtown during a mass demonstration.
Bound by legal obligations, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office could not and did not provide information or comment on the secret indictment in this case, which was previously not subject to public inspection as required in ORS 132.420.
The Marion County District Attorney’s Office today issued a press release regarding this particular case. That information can be accessed by clicking here.
During the initial investigation into this alleged incident, which occurred in Portland, Oregon, and in the prosecutorial jurisdiction of this office, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office identified a conflict of interest.
To ensure full impartiality the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office requested assistance from the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and then appointed a Marion County Deputy District Attorney to have full and final responsibility on all aspects of this case.
The appointment of a deputy district attorney from an outside prosecutor’s office to represent the State of Oregon when a conflict is identified is routine practice for all of Oregon’s district attorneys.
The criminal investigation into the alleged burglary and theft at Northwest Skate and Snowboard Shop in Portland, Oregon remains an open and pending matter with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. No final charging decisions have been made regarding the individuals identified as potential suspects.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson and Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore, as well as their employees, for their assistance investigating and litigating this case.
This case will proceed in Multnomah County Circuit Court.
No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office.
Brent Weisberg, Communications Director
Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office