Portland’s District Attorney Michael Schmidt thanked the Multnomah County Democrats yesterday after they released a statement supporting his high tolerance policy toward rioting and antifa’s “direct actions”.
Thank you, @MultCoDems. Recently, they overwhelming passed a resolution supporting our protest policy, which presumptively declines to prosecute protesters in cases that do not involve property damage, theft or violence. (1/3)
— Multnomah County DA’s Office (@MultCoDA) November 24, 2020
Multnomah Democrats support District Attorney Mike Schmidt focusing resources on crimes not protests | Multnomah County Democrats https://t.co/fzRTaknsqd
— Multnomah Co. Dems (@multcodems) November 25, 2020
The Multnomah Democrats’ office was vandalized by antifa on November 9, declaring the recent election would not deter their movement.
Portland Police Bureau makes an arrest and wards off Antifa of a “de-arrest” after the Multnomah County Democrat Office’s windows were shattered by Portland protesters. #PortlandProtests #Portland #Protest #Police pic.twitter.com/qtQElnUpvW
— Independent Media PDX (@NDpendentPDX) November 9, 2020
Young “officers” of the Multnomah County Democrats have been among riot arrestees, of course.
The district attorney has himself been targeted at home, though the story appears to have been buried locally and everywhere except at the cop blog Law Enforcement Today:
On Nov. 6, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt was allegedly the “victim” of a group of people who were in front of his house, throwing rocks. Law Enforcement Today was notified by a source who advised us of the incident…
According to dispatch information, officers were sent to Schmidt’s house. According to the caller, three people were allegedly in front of Schmidt’s house allegedly making threats, saying that “BLOOD IS ON HIS HANDS,” with another one holding a “BLOWHORN.” The caller had no description of the individuals.
Another notation in the MDT (Mobile Data Terminal) said, “COMP CAME INSIDE OUT OF FEAR, AT LEAST 3 PPL, HAVE A MEGAPHN. HARD FOR COMP TO SEE (illegible) SINCE DARK, YELLING “ALL LIVES MATTER. IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT.”
“PER THE HAZARD FLAG 2 CARS TO 4215 SE 29TH DIST ATTY MICHAEL SCHMIDT
it appears that two officers were dispatched to the call. The air unit reported that there were five people outside, then left the scene. The last report showed between 5-10 people; however, it was thought that some may have been neighbors.
Police received another call reporting that protesters were back out front, throwing rocks, and also said “THEY HAVE MOLOTOV COCKTAILS” and that “DA THAT LIVES HERE SHOULD THINK OF HIS FAMILY”
Dispatch showed that another caller was texting with someone named Clare Schmidt via Facebook Messenger who was inside the home with two children. The dispatcher advised that caller to “HAVE CLAIRE CALL 911 NOW.”
Police arrived in the area and it was noted that “PROTESTERS LEFT, NOTHING GOING ON”
It reads as if Schmidt’s wife and children were in the home alone. Whatever the case Schmidt’s reluctance to call the police on antifa is understandable–but if these were genuine rightwing protesters I would think he couldn’t resist. Antifa is just greedy, and perhaps stupid, enough to go after a well-place ally. The few cases Schmidt is prosecuting are outrage enough for them. For the time being the thing is obscure.
Schmidt was elected in a landslide over a mainstream progressive who tried to temper his relative moderation by declaring he’d vigorously prosecute rightwing demonstrators. He’s a recipient of Soros bucks (the first to call to congratulate him on his win was San Francisco’s red prosecutor Chesa Boudin) but it doesn’t seem to take that much: his campaign appears to have been financed on less than 250 thousand dollars.
Schmidt has weathered the summer politically. The November elections were as much of a refutation of the riots and BLM as Portland can muster, with hapless Ted Wheeler winning reelection over antifa candidate Sarah Iannaronne and anti-cop councilmember Chloe Eudaly getting blown out by an establishment progressive. Mike and his “restorative justice” policy–applying the same high tolerance for political violence to street violence–were not exposed to a public referendum.
Law Enforcement Today updated their story on the Siege of the House of Schmidt:
Since our original article, we have received additional information from our sources, who tell us that Schmidt DID initiate the call, then called Vasquez and told HIM to call the Portland Police Bureau to respond to his home after he refused to do so himself.
Why? Because Schmidt himself has refused to prosecute similar cases and he didn’t want to be outed as the hypocrite that he is. Schmidt is a typical liberal…”good for thee, but not for me.”
Our source said that when Vazquez called, the situation was likely referred to a supervisor, sergeant or above, who made the call to handle the incident at “precinct level” as opposed to sending in the Rapid Response Team (RRT) which it protocol for so-called riots.
The information we received is that Schmidt was trying to make it appear to be right-wing extremists because that fits into his narrative. He needed the police to respond to his home, but didn’t want to be outed as a hypocrite.