Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson sues DA over riot charge
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.
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