Judge Throws Out Charges Against Conservative Activists

Two outspoken conservative activists in Portland, Oregon, are walking away as free men, now that a judge has dismissed the riot charges leveled against them by the local, radical leftist district attorney.

Joey Gibson, 38, the creator of Patriot Prayer, and Russell Schultz, 52, two men deeply connected with the conservative counter-protesting scene in among America’s many left-leaning cities, will no longer face rioting charges coming from an event outside Cider Rules, a now-defunct Portland bar that was allegedly a routine hangout for members of Antifa.

On May 1, 2019, referred to as “May Day” to numerous communists and socialists, Cider Rules and Rose City Antifa hosted a joint May Day event, and Gibson, Schultz, and other conservatives showed up outside the bar for unreported reasons. Soon after their arrival, violence broke out between the two groups. There were numerous reported injuries, and one female was knocked unconscious.

Police eventually apprehended Gibson, Schultz, and four of their partners. three of the six immediately struck plea deal with district attorneys, and among them, Ian Kramer, is currently serving almost two years for striking a woman in the head.

However, Gibson, Schultz, and MacKenzie Lewis all rolled the dice and pled not guilty to the charges released versus them by Mike Schmidt, a district attorney whom Editor-At-Large of The Post Millennial Andy Ngo described as a “radical leftist.”

The gamble has actually proved worthwhile for Gibson and Schultz. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Benjamin Souede dropped all charges versus the two men, citing inadequate proof.

“I am somewhat bewildered that the state has driven this case to this point,” Souede said.

“The state is trying to convict Mr. Schultz for being present at an incident that violence occurred, and they cannot do so,” he added.

Souede acknowledged that Gibson and Schultz likely instigated tensions with their presence and their language that day. However, the judge then reminded prosecutors that words alone were insufficient for rioting charges. Under Oregon law, defendants must also have engaged in “tumultuous and violent conduct.”

“If the defendant could be convicted of riot in this case, there would be no protection for protesters in Oregon,” Souede said. “If being there and using your body to take up space is sufficient, then any protester runs the risk of arrest if it turns out that tumult ensues.”

So Gibson and Schultz are free men, but Lewis, 32, remains on trial because there is video of him allegedly shoving a female and ripping off her mask.

Back in 2019, police claimed they were also earnestly searching for persons of interest from the pro-Antifa side, though no leftists were ever arrested. The Cider Rules establishment closed in November 2019, six months after the May Day incident.

H/T The Blaze

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