• Some Justice Done? Rioters Facing Federal Charges for Anti-Police Crimes

    Surge Summary: In Portland, scores of rioters have been charged with federal crimes which occurred during this summer’s unrest in that city. Some of these violations carry significant possible jail time. Democrats and the media seems surprisingly uninterested in acknowledging these incidents.

    by Jim-Kouri 

    Despite Blue State governors and mayors either defending Black Lives Matter (BLM), Antifa (Anti-Fascist) or restricting their police departments’ response to civil unrest, Attorney General Bill Barr is utilizing the federal criminal justice system to arrest and prosecute rioters, arsonists, looters, and violent offenders

    For example, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy J. Williams, reported in a statement sent to law enforcement organizations – such as the National Association of Chiefs of Police — that 74 people are facing federal charges for crimes committed adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations in Portland since at least May 29, 2020.

    For more than 90 days and nights, Portland has been the scene of destructive and violent demonstrations and protests against police use of force. On many nights, after peaceful demonstrations end, various public and private buildings have been the target of vandalism and destruction. Federal law enforcement protecting federal buildings have been subjected to threats and assaults from violent agitators while performing their duties.

    “Violent agitators have hijacked any semblance of First Amendment protected activity, engaging in violent criminal acts and destruction of public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our federal law enforcement partners are expeditiously working with local and state law enforcement to identify, arrest, and prosecute these individuals that are disrupting the rule of law in our communities and physically attacking our law enforcement officers and destroying property. Violent agitators not only delay real reform, but make our community less safe by keeping law enforcement from responding to other critical calls for service.”

     “While the FBI supports and safeguards Constitutionally-protected activity and civil rights, there is no permit for assault, arson or property damage and these are not victimless crimes,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Among the victims of violent crime are business owners, residents and individuals exercising their First Amendment rights through protests or other legitimate forms of expression.”

     “The nightly violence has to stop,” said Russel Burger, U.S. Marshal for the District of Oregon. “It is drowning out the voices of the many who are calling for change, and pulling police resources away from their primary mission of keeping this community safe. We must all come together to find a productive way to move forward.”

    “As the nation’s primary source for fire investigative knowledge, ATF remains committed to investigating those responsible for committing arsons in our communities and holding them responsible for their illegal actions,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jonathan McPherson. “As a reminder, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for arson. ATF takes these violent actions seriously and will work diligently to bring justice to the victims.”

     “It is vitally important that all Americans have the ability to exercise their first amendment rights to freedom of speech,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Seattle Eben Roberts. “Unfortunately, much of what we’re seeing in Portland is the antithesis of that. Instead tragic events are being used as excuses for individuals with ill intent disguising themselves as activists to commit violent crimes against their communities and law enforcement officers. Progress can only be made if community leaders, law enforcement and the public come together in the name of social change, justice and peace.”

    According to the Justice Department: Since May, federal law enforcement authorities have arrested more than 100 people for crimes committed during local demonstrations. Seventy-four face federal charges, including felonies, misdemeanors, and citation violations. Crimes include assaults on federal officers, some resulting in serious injuries; arson and attempted arson; damaging federal government property; failing to obey lawful orders; and unlawful use of a drone; among others.

    Although attacks on Republicans — especially conservatives and Trump supporters — by Antifa groups and violence-prone leftists and anarchists are far too frequent, the Democrats and the news media appear to avoid coverage of such attacks.

    The defendants charged include:

    1. Edward Carubis, 24, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 1, 2020;
    2. Rowan Olsen, 19, is charged(photos available) with creating a hazard on federal property, disorderly conduct, and failing to obey a lawful order on July 2, 2020;
    3. Shant Singh Ahuja, 28, of Oceanside, California, is charged with destruction of federal property on July 4, 2020;
    4. Gretchen Blank, 29, of Seattle, Washington, is charged(photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
    5. Andrew Faulkner, 24, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
    6. Christopher Fellini, 31, is charged(photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
    7. Theodore Matthee-O’Brien, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
    8. Cody Porter, 28, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
    9. Taimane Teo, 24, of Eugene, Oregon, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
    10. Benjamin Wood-Pavich, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
    11. Jacob Gaines, 23, a Texas resident, is charged(photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 11, 2020;
    12. Lillith Grin, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 12, 2020;
    13. Benjamin Bolen, 36, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 13, 2020;
    14. Kevin Weier, 36, is charged with attempted arson on July 13, 2020;
    15. Wyatt Ash-Milby, 18, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
    16. Jerusalem Callahan, 24, is chargedwith damaging government property on July 21, 2020;
    17. Zachary Duffly, 45, is chargedwith creating a disturbance on July 21, 2020;
    18. Caleb Ehlers, 23, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
    19. Paul Furst, 22, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
    20. Jennifer Kristiansen, 38, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 21, 2020;
    21. Ella Miller, 26, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
    22. Marie Sager, 27, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
    23. Giovanni Bondurant, 19, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
    24. Bailey Dreibelbis, 22, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
    25. Gabriel Huston, 22, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
    26. Joseph Lagalo, 37, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 22, 2020;
    27. Taylor Lemons, 32, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
    28. Joseph Ybarra, 21, is chargedwith arson on July 22, 2020;
    29. David Hazan, 24, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
    30. Nicholas Kloiber, 26, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
    31. Cameron Knutson, 28, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
    32. Carly Ballard, 34, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;
    33. David Bouchard, 36, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;
    34. Dakota Eastman, 30, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
    35. Josslynn Kreutz, 28, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
    36. Ezra Meyers, 18, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
    37. Mark Rolycanov, 28, is chargedwith failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
    38. Pablo Avvocato, 26, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
    39. Douglas Dean, 34, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
    40. Rebecca Mota Gonzales, 37, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
    41. Thomas Johnson, 33, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
    42. Richard Lindstedt, 33, is chargedwith violating national defense airspace on July 25, 2020;
    43. Nathan Onderdonk-Snow, 21, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
    44. Stephen O’Donnell, 65, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
    45. Joshua Webb, 22, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
    46. Jeffree Cary, 30, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
    47. John Tyler Gabriel, 22, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
    48. Noelle Mandolfo, 30, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
    49. Patrick Stafford, 35, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
    50. Travis Williams, 27, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
    51. Caleb Wills, 29, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
    52. Brodie Storey, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 27, 2020;
    53. Edward Schinzing, 32, is charged(photos available) with arson on July 28, 2020;
    54. James Hickerson, 54, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 28, 2020;
    55. Ian Wolf, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order and creating a hazard on federal property on July 28, 2020;
    56. Sabastian Dubar, 23, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
    57. Jordan Johnson, 32, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
    58. Evan Kriechbaum, 31, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
    59. Christine Margaux, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
    60. Gabriel Agard-Berryhill, 18, is charged(videoavailable) with arson on July 30, 2020;
    61. Isaiah Maza, 18, is charged(photosavailable) with assaulting a federal officer on July 31, 2020;
    62. Dakotah Horton, 24, is charged(photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on August 17, 2020; and
    63. Dakota Means, 20, is chargedwith assaulting a federal officer on August 24, 2020.

    Eleven others have been issued citation violations. All defendants, unless noted, are presumed to be local residents.

    Several of the charges being used to prosecute violent agitators carry significant maximum prison sentences. For example, felony assault of a federal officer with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.

    It is important to note that while some federal charges require crimes be committed on federal property, others do not. Violent acts committed throughout the city of Portland under the guise of peaceful protest are being evaluated by local federal prosecutors for prosecution.

    These cases are being investigated by the FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Federal Protective Service. They are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

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    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: Oregon Department of Transportation – Busted!Uploaded by Smallman12q, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24375345


    Jim Kouri

    Jim Kouri

    Conservative Base's editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist,  and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters."

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