rioters in portland

Rioters next to a fire they set at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore., on July 22, 2020. (Noah Berger/AP Photo)

Eighteen people are facing charges for participating in rioting in Portland at a U.S. Courthouse.

The defendants were arrested between July 20 and July 23.

Large crowds have been gathering nightly and assaulting the courthouse and federal officers who are tasked with protecting it while local police officers stay away because of recent directives from city leaders.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams announced on Friday the charges against the 18.

Five people were charged for alleged criminal conduct during rioting on July 20 that continued into the early hours of the next day.

Jennifer Kristiansen, 37, is charged with assaulting a federal officer; Zachary Duffly, 45, is charged with creating a disturbance; Wyatt Ash-Milby, 18, is charged with trespassing on federal property; and Caleb Ehlers, 23, and Paul Furst, 22, are charged with failing to comply with a lawful order.

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    • I'm all for that.

  • Don't even waste our time telling us how tough the handling will be if it's not going to be real.

    I'm tired of hearing about handling the little pansies.   

    These terrorists are DESTROYING $Millions in property.   They are TERRORIZING all in the area.


    No more silly little kid games.

    • The Charges are a joke... and it appears they were released without bail... Pres. Trump needs to fire the prosecutor and move that the judge hearing the case recuse himself and appoint a hardline judge if there is such a thing in the NW... to hear the cases.

  • The Charges are a joke... right?  It appears that only the assault charges and one arson charge are serious criminal charges.  In addition, it appears they were released without bail and are demanding expensive jury trials... they need to be charged with Domestic Terrorism, insurrection, and destruction of Government property... released only on cash bail and held without bail for those on terrorist charges ... held without bail.  We need to set examples with these arrests not set them free... to laugh at the government and to encourage more insurrection.  What is the prosescutor thinking?

    • Hear, hear!  These people are trying to take over our country, they are enemy combatants.  No one seems to make the connection to what happened in Venezuela.


    • And, Cuba too.

    • The pattern of Marxist insurgencies is written all over the recent BLM, Antifa, and other radical left rallies, riots, and chaos... our government agents should know this and act accordingly.  However, it appears they are embracing the riots by apologizing for the chaos instead of slamming the rioters behind bars and throwing away the keys.

    • I have to agree.   Much as I'd like otherwise.

      I dont know if it is within the President's usual realm to fire the prosecutor as that is state rather than federal.

      He made very clear though that these feds he's deploying will be issuing FEDERAL CHARGES that will ONLY BE HEARD IN FEDERAL COURT.

      IMHO it only makes sense to lock the perps up til their trial date to get them off the field.   At least narrow the odds a little bit.

      And, the Ghislaine trial is scheduled a year out.   Why rush these folks to trial IF THEY ARE IN CUSTODY TIL THEN.

      iT'S NOT LIKE ANYONE SEES THEM AS INNOCENT LITTLE PROTESTORS, that just happen to burn buildings, throw frozen bottles, etc.

      Time to quit playing chicken shit.


    • Marlene... These are federal arrest and federal charges.... the local US Attorney would prosecute ... the President may fire US Attorney's and their assistants at will or direct AG Barr to do so.

    • President Trump said last night that where those federal forces go in, the charges will be federal charges and handled in federal courts.

      That has to commence immediately.

      The CIRCUS has to be replaced with a FULL COURT PRESS.


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