I guess if you're a rioter or protester in Portland, then you've got a 1 in 3 chances of having your case dismissed! Well, not really, but that's what it seems like considering the Department of Justice has quietly dismissed 31 of 90 protest related cases according to KGW local news. The number of cases dismissed was also reported as 34, and that number could continue to change.

Kyle Iboshi from KGW posted, "UPDATE: In the past 24 hours, federal prosecutors dismissed two more Portland protest cases. So far, the U.S. Dept. of Justice has quietly dropped 34 of 90 cases stemming from last summer's protests in downtown Portland."

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These cases include misdemeanors and felony charges, all stemming from the violent protests in Portland that took place last summer. The protesters were clashing with federal agents and lots of arrests were made amid the violence.

One thing that may cause quite some concern is learning that one of the violent charges were dismissed.

Some of the most serious charges dropped include four defendants charged with assaulting a federal officer, which is a felony. More than half of the dropped charges were "dismissed with prejudice," which several former federal prosecutors described as extremely rare. “Dismissed with prejudice” means the case can’t be brought back to court.

The dismissal of protest cases runs counter to the tough talk coming from the U.S. Department of Justice last summer. Billy Williams, then-U.S. Attorney for Oregon, vowed there would be consequences for the nightly graffiti, fires and vandalism outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse.

“Make no mistake: those who commit violence in the name of protest, will be investigated, arrested, prosecuted, and face prison time,” said Williams in a Sept. 25, 2020 press release.

When KGW questioned why some of these cases were dismissed, it was suggested that they were cases where the defendant couldn't be proven guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt."

“Each case was analyzed for the evidence that we had at the time," said Williams. "Careful decisions were made on whether or not someone should be charged based on the evidence."

Williams explained decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

“Everything is case-specific when you go about these cases being processed through the system,” said Williams, who stepped down on Feb. 28. U.S. attorneys are traditionally asked to resign at the start of a new administration.

Federal prosecutors rarely handle protest cases. But when Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt passed on most protest cases saying he was reserving resources for the most serious crimes, the feds stepped in. Then-Attorney General William Barr reportedly instructed federal prosecutors to aggressively pursue protesters deemed violent or destructive.

I guess tourism in Portland probably won't be booming this summer.