Four charged with felonies during violent protests
Felony charges have now been filed against four people arrested during two of the series of violent protests in Portland over the past week.
The most recent arrests were made the night of Monday, April 19, when a crowd vandalized numerous businesses and the nonprofit Blazers Boys and Girls Club in Northeast Portland.
According to police, Emily Keppler, 27, was arrested for felony criminal mischief. Emma Lightstone, 27, was arrested for felony riot and felony criminal mischief.
Before that, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced it had charged Theodore Matthee-O'Brien, 22, and Cameron Millar-Griffin, 24, with one count each of felony riot and criminal mischief. Both were arrested Friday, April 16, during a downtown riot that damaged numerous businesses, the Oregon Historical Society and the First Christian Church that feeds the homeless.
Matthee-O'Brien also faces charges in connection with a Jan. 20 gathering outside the ICE headquarters in South Portland. They include felony riot, disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.
Police declared riots on three separate days last week, including Friday night. Unlawful assemblies were declared outside the Portland Police Bureau's East Precinct on Saturday and Monday night in Northeast Portland.
Most of the violent protests were preceded by social media posts criticizing the police, including fatal shooting of Robert Delgado by a Portland officer in Lents Park on April 16.
In a statement to KOIN 6 News, Mayor Ted Wheeler's spokesperson Tim Becker said they are working with "Portland Police and other city bureaus, as well as our partners in other public safety organizations such as the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police, to protect our city from more destruction. We will intensify our focus on identifying, arresting and prosecuting the self-described anarchists who engage in criminal activity and inflict harm and damage on the city, businesses and our neighborhoods. We will also continue to find ways to support the employers and jobs that have been harmed."
Becker added the mayor's office will have more to say "about a peace compact for community gatherings and our work to lift the voices of those calling for meaningful change" in the coming days.
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