Judge dismisses lawsuit over Portland demonstrator's 2020 death
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Portland stemming from the killing of Aaron "Jay" Danielson after a 2020 pro-Trump rally in downtown Portland.
The suit, filed last year, blamed Danielson's death on the city's "dereliction of duty" as well as the "decision by Multnomah County leadership in declining to enforce public safety laws during demonstrations in Portland's downtown core."
The lawsuit was filed by Danielson's estate against the city, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
In 2020, Danielson was walking near a parking garage with a friend after a Trump rally, when Michael Reinoehl emerged from the garage holding a gun. Video footage showed Danielson charging Reinoehl and Reinoehl firing two rounds. Danielson died at the scene. Officers with a U.S. Marshals task force in Washington killed Reinoehl days later.
U.S. District Judge Michael Simon accepted dismissed the case Thursday, Sept. 1, based on the argument that Schmidt is protected by prosecutorial immunity, which prevents prosecutors from being sued for injuries caused by their official actions.
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