PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson turned himself in to law enforcement Friday and was booked into jail in connection with a brawl outside a Portland bar on May Day.

Gibson’s lawyer confirmed Thursday that Gibson was facing a felony charge of rioting and said they learned of the charge through a “malfunction” on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website.

Gibson addressed the media before entering the Multnomah County Justice Center. He said that he has never been violent at any protest or rally he’s attended, including the fight at Cider Riot in northeast Portland that followed May Day rallies downtown on May 1.

Gibson is accusing the district attorney’s office of filing a “politically motivated” felony charge against him and said it’s an attack on his First Amendment rights.

FOX 12 reached out to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office multiple times regarding Gibson’s case Thursday, but was told by a spokesman, “The DA’s office is not confirming the charge. We will not be releasing any further statement.”

The Portland Police Bureau released information Friday saying, "Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Assault Detail worked with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to obtain this warrant, which was authorized by a judge. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available for release."

On Friday, a district attorney's spokesman also said no further information was being released due to the ongoing investigation. 

Gibson was booked into the Multnomah County Jail at 12:30 p.m. Friday on the charge of riot, a Class C felony, according to the jail website. He later posted bail and was released. 

Police said as many as 60 people were involved in the fight outside Cider Riot that involved members of Gibson’s group and Antifa. Multiple arrests have recently been made in connection with that investigation.

The bar’s owner filed a lawsuit against Gibson.

Gibson’s lawyer, who is also the Multnomah County GOP chair, said that by Oregon law, a felony riot charge requires proof of “tumultuous and violent conduct.”

He said, although there are multiple videos of the vents outside Cider Riot on May 1, none of them show Gibson engaging in violent conduct.

This latest development comes as rallies and protests are expected to take place Saturday in downtown Portland.

Related:

May 1:Police respond to large fight in front of bar in NE Portland

May 3: PPB describes ‘tumultuous’ scene during May Day brawl outside bar

May 3NE Portland bar owner sues Patriot Prayer leader and associates for $1M

May 7: ‘They spit in my face’: Patriot Prayer leader says $1M lawsuit is a joke

Aug. 7: 2 men facing charges after May Day brawl outside NE Portland bar

Aug. 14: Police: Man with active warrant arrested related to May Day demonstrations

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CopBlaster.com

Selective prosecution is when a prosecution is based in part on Constitutionally protected activities and as a result someone is prosecuted while similarly situated people are not.


Lawlessness Brings Destruction

FOX 12 reached out to the Multnomah County DA’s Office multiple times regarding Gibson’s case Thursday, but was told by a spokesman, “The DA’s office is not confirming the charge. We will not be releasing any further statement.”







The PPB released information Friday saying, "Detectives assigned to the Portland Police Bureau's Assault Detail worked with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to obtain this warrant, which was authorized by a judge.



I would say the activist judge needs to be investigated. Is the same one who trampled all over Michael Strickland's Constitutional rights with multiple breaches of judicial legal procedure and suppression evidence. Go to Victoria Taft's website and read the articles on this. The things that happened are epic deceit, dishonesty, and illegal actions against Strickland's defense. I hope Gibson sues the socks off the DA's office, the political activist judge that signed the warrant for his arrest WITHOUT charges, and any media culpable in defaming his character.


Buckman

If this isn't a frame up on Joey I'll eat mud. It amazes me how much the chief of police will tolerate at the orders of the corrupt mayor but will enforce actions like this BS on Gibson. I can't imagine Portland citizens putting up with it much longer. They will want their city back eventually.


retired40

It was probably the bar owners alcohol and drug infuse patrons that started the fight.


William R

So is Joey gonna be out for the Saturday thing?


JJW

well I commented on this article 3 times now and the editors erased it, I followed the rules but was truthful that I was right supporter and guess what happened , my view were removed, amazing. That is why Gibson is in jail and ANTIFA cowards who beat reporter are not, Portlands Mayor is a liar


Lawlessness Brings Destruction

I was trying to write a response to your comment that described the same thing happening to me here too as well as local print media. but apparently there is an active word scanner program in place that is rejecting previous comments without any rules being broken. Classic.


racecar57

This is typical of the Mafia tactics of Mayor Wheeler's office and his criminal DA's office


JJW

Talk about corruption!!!! The Mayor and the city of Portland are currently going after anyone from the right in preperation for Saturdays protest, UNREAL, they are rushing things through to try and pick up anyone associated with the right wing, yet the cowards that beat that reported into intensive care are free. And as a matter of fact every ANTIFA member who has broken the law in the past 5 protest are free. This Mayor and Gov are so corrupt and obiviously bias lefties it smacks you right in the face. And then they ask how come Portland has problems??? Wel for starters corruption, and cowards a city full of cowards who cover thier faces with masks and assault oinnocent people walking around city.


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