You would think that you know what a prosecutor does in a city. The name, after all, lends itself to the idea of prosecuting criminals, so that’s what they should be doing, right?
Apparently, though, if you’re a Federal prosecutor in Portland, Oregon, your job is to let
rioters “peaceful protesters” off the hook. I wish that I were kidding. Zachary Stieber writes,
Over half of the people charged by federal prosecutors for allegedly committing crimes during the rioting in Portland over the summer of 2020 have seen their charges dropped, according to court records analyzed by The Epoch Times.
Of the 90 people who prosecutors said were charged between July and October of last year, 48 saw their charges dismissed at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon.
The charges that prosecutors decided against pursuing included assault of a federal officer, destruction of government property, and failing to obey a lawful order.
Another 32 defendants have had their arraignments or jury trials pushed back, many multiple times. In a handful of cases, the next hearing has been delayed until 2022, as courts continue dealing with a backlog that accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of this group is free on bail.
Four people who were charged have entered guilty pleas and six were not charged, according to court records and the U.S. Attorney’s office, which told The Epoch Times in an email that each case is handled on its own merits.
Now, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that these Federal prosecutors work for the Justice Department. They obviously don’t or else they’d be seeking true justice, right? Or are they seeking “social justice?” Maybe that’s where I’m confused.
Or, maybe, just maybe, Federal prosecutors aren’t doing their jobs in Portland because they don’t want to punish leftists.
Whatever the case, if rioters are let off the hook after being arrested for rioting and assaulting people, what do you think they’re going to do again? Yes, they’re likely to riot again.
If you want to know one of the major problems in our country right now, it’s that evil people aren’t facing punishment for doing evil things, and this is a perfect example of that nonsense.