More than half of the 112 anti-Trump protesters who were arrested in Portland over the weekend did not vote in Oregon, according to a list compiled by a Portland TV station.
KGW compiled a list of the 112 people arrested by the Portland Police Bureau during recent protests. Those names and ages, provided by police, were then compared to state voter logs by Multnomah County elections officials.
- 39 of the protesters arrested were registered in the state but didn’t return a ballot for the November 8 election.
- 36 of the demonstrators taken into custody weren’t registered to vote in Oregon.
- 4 were under the age of 18 and not eligible to vote
- 33 of the protesters did vote.
It is unclear if those who aren't registered in Oregon are registered to vote in other states.
Portland has seen multiple large and destructive protests since Election Day. Many of the arrests stemmed from a protest on Saturday.
Charges were dismissed against those who were arrested, KOIN News reported.
In a statement, police said: “Due to the fluid nature of the ongoing protests over the past several days, most of the arresting officers were on duty, working to protect the city during an emergent event. As such, work is continuing by officers and detectives to complete the necessary reports, but they will not be finished in time for (Monday's) arraignments and for review by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Additionally, hundreds of hours of video evidence capturing the events must be collected and reviewed.”
Officials told KOIN News that each person who appears in court for arraignment will be given a criminal citation for failing to obey a police officer. The offense is a Class B traffic violation. The cases would be handled in traffic court.
But because the criminal cases are being dismissed right now doesn’t mean that the individuals won’t be held accountable, according to police. Detectives are working with the district attorney’s office to identify the most serious cases.
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