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Charges dropped for more than 100 arrested protesters pending further review

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Image from last week's protests in Portland. (KPTV) Image from last week's protests in Portland. (KPTV)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Criminal charges against more than 100 people arrested during last week's post-election protests and riot in Portland have been dismissed for the time being, pending further review.

The Portland Police Bureau and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office released a joint statement saying nearly all off the criminal cases would not be charged and arraigned Monday.

Police and the district attorney said that while those arrested will learn that their cases have been no-complainted for the time being, they will still be reviewed and evaluated for possible prosecution at a later date.

Due to the fluid nature of the ongoing protests over the past several days, most of the arresting officers were on duty, working to protect the city during an emergent event. As such, work is continuing by officers and detectives to complete the necessary reports but they will not be finished in time for today's arraignments and for review by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

Police said hundreds of hours of video evidence must also be collected and reviewed.

Nearly everyone arrested in connection with the protests has at least received or will receive citations on the charge of failing to obey a police officer. Those citations will require a court appearance in a month and carry a fine up to $1,000.

"The sheer number of arrests during protests over the last several days has been an exceptional event and the charges being 'no complainted' today is not unexpected and is a procedural matter given the extensive amount of work left to do in these cases," according to a statement from investigators.  

The Portland Police Bureau is continuing to ask for the public's help to identify criminal suspects involved in last week's protests and riot. Officers are also seeking photos or video, apart from already available media coverage, that may identify suspects of the widespread vandalism.

Tips and other information can be sent to CrimeTips@portlandoregon.gov.

Police also ask victims of vandalism and related crimes to file a report online at portlandoregon.gov/police/cor.

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