Authorities in Portland have long been notorious for allowing left-wing extremists to riot with impunity — but it looks like that’s about to change.
According to Fox News, over two dozen people said to be connected with Antifa have been hit with a slew of criminal charges at the federal and state levels for their alleged roles in recent unrest in the Oregon city.
Most recently, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced indictments for riot and criminal mischief against 10 individuals last Thursday. More than a dozen others had been charged in the two weeks prior.
Charges handed down
Among those facing charges are 23-year-old Maximilian Ryan Jennings, 25-year-old James Walker Prettyman, and 34 -year-old Thomas Moll-Rocek, all of whom are alleged to have participated in a November 2020 attack on the Multnomah County Democrats’ headquarters.
Also charged was 25-year-old Austin Nathaniel Nuchraska, who is reportedly facing felony riot and criminal mischief charges, as well as four counts of unlawful possession of a destructive device.
Nuchraska’s charges stem from a separate riot on Jan. 20 of this year, Fox said.
The feds step in
Of course, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt isn’t alone in taking action against those with connections to Antifa in recent days.
According to Fox, his federal counterpart in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon has also handed down charges against a number of individuals, including 48-year-old Tracy Lynn Molina, who allegedly assaulted a federal employee at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility on May 31.
Molina also stands accused of disorderly conduct and failing to comply with a lawful order, Fox reported.
Another federal indictee is Malik Fard Muhammad, who prosecutors say hurled Molotov cocktails at police, resulting in at least one law enforcement officer catching fire.
Charges against Muhammad reportedly include attempted aggravated murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of felony riot, two counts of unlawful manufacturing of an explosive device, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a loaded firearm in public.
As Fox News noted, the charges represent a major change in approach for Schmidt, who was previously known for turning a blind eye to political violence in Oregon’s biggest city. They also come in the wake of a brutal attack on conservative journalist Andy Ngo, who recalled to Fox News host Laura Ingraham last week: “I ran for my life in downtown Portland in the middle of the street. There was no police.”