U.S. prosecutors do not charge Portland protesters with antifa ties




  • In US
  • 2020-08-04 19:47:27Z
  • By Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Protest against racial inequality in Portland
FILE PHOTO: Protest against racial inequality in Portland  

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. federal prosecutors have produced no evidence linking dozens of people arrested in anti-racism protests in Portland, Oregon, to the antifa or anarchist movements, despite President Donald Trump's assertions they are fueling the unrest.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Portland confirmed this in an email to Reuters on Tuesday.

"We have not alleged defendant affiliation with any specific groups or ideologies in our cases stemming from recent Portland protests," said Kevin Sonoff, the spokesman. "Our cases focus purely on the criminal conduct alleged."

Trump and officials in his administration have applied the labels to the Portland protesters, who set fires around, and threw objects at, officers around a federal courthouse during long-running confrontations.

"I think there are anarchists and far-left groups involved in the violence in Portland," Attorney General William Barr said in testimony before Congress last week. "I think antifa is involved in Portland."

Antifa, which stands for anti-fascist, is a largely unstructured, far-left movement whose followers broadly aim to confront those they view as authoritarian or racist.

The Portland federal prosecutor's office said it arrested more than 40 people on charges ranging from failing to obey lawful orders and operating a drone in restricted airspace to arson and assaulting a deputy U.S. marshal with an explosive device.

In a July 26 internal memo first reported by the Lawfare.com blog, Brian Murphy, a former FBI agent who was serving as acting chief of the Department of Homeland Security's Intelligence and Analysis office, suggested calling many Portland protesters "Violent Antifa Anarchists Inspired."

Murphy was transferred to a different job over the weekend.

The Democrat who chairs the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee, Representative Adam Schiff, said on Monday that his panel would investigate the actions in Portland of that DHS office and its response to other anti-racism protests across the country. The Senate Intelligence Committee has launched similar inquiries.


(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Scott Malone and Howard Goller)

COMMENTS

More Related News

Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not
Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not 'defunding'

The racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd earlier this year prompted calls to "defund the police" in cities across the country, a priority for activists that has now become a central point in the presidential contest. A review by The Associated Press finds that while local governments have trimmed police budgets over the past four months, the cuts have been mostly modest. Advocates want to overhaul a policing system that has repeatedly been linked to brutality against Black people, including the death of Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May.

Senate passes stopgap funding measure to avoid government shutdown
Senate passes stopgap funding measure to avoid government shutdown

The stopgap bill passed by an 84-10 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate and was later signed by President Donald Trump.

In Appalachia, people watch COVID-19, race issues from afar
In Appalachia, people watch COVID-19, race issues from afar
  • World
  • 2020-10-01 04:34:53Z

The water, so cold that it nearly hurts, spills relentlessly into a concrete trough from three pipes driven into a hillside near the edge of town. For years, Tarah Nogrady has filled plastic jugs here and lugged them back to a town so small it rarely appears on maps. It's a common view in the little towns that speckle the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio, where the pandemic has barely been felt.

Trump campaign senior advisor Brad Parscale is
Trump campaign senior advisor Brad Parscale is 'stepping away' from the campaign. He was hospitalized over the weekend after threatening self-harm.
  • US
  • 2020-10-01 04:10:17Z

"I am stepping away from ... any role in the campaign...to focus on my family and get help dealing with the overwhelming stress," Parscale said.

Proud Boys say they are
Proud Boys say they are 'standing down and standing by' after Trump's debate callout

On their account on the social media app Telegram, the Proud Boys appeared to take the statement as marching orders.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US