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The complaint notes that many low-level charges have been dropped against protesters participating in racial justice demonstrations since May.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson.Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson and affiliate Russell Schultz are accusing Multnomah County's district attorney of "selectively" prosecuting them for riot, stemming from a May 2019 brawl in Portland.

A 28-page complaint filed Friday in federal court claims District Attorney Mike Schmidt, his office and a deputy district attorney are "engaged in bad faith, selective, and retaliatory" for pursing charges against Gibson and Schultz.

The complaint, first reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive, specifically seeks a temporary restraining order or an injunction in their cases. The two have both pleaded not guilty, with trials set to begin Oct. 26.

The riot charges stem from a fight outside the former Northeast Portland pub Cider Riot on May 1, 2019. Gibson, Schultz and more than a dozen other far-right protesters clashed with pub patrons and anti-fascist activists.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their full story can be found here.


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