DA won’t pursue charges against 32 arrested during Portland Black Lives Matter protests

Cumberland County District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck announced Friday that his office will not pursue charges against 32 people arrested during Black Lives Matter demonstrations.The individuals were initially charged with failure to disperse.Sahrbeck said the Portland police made 22 arrests on June 1 and made another 10 arrests the following night.He said video captured at the scene both nights showed numerous police officers hit with rocks, bricks and bottles.Portland police thoroughly investigated each case, and prosecutors from the district attorney’s office reviewed their findings, Sahrbeck said.“Upon review of the evidence, these officers had probable cause to arrest all 32 individuals for Failure to Disperse,” Sahrbeck said. “Police were out during the course of these demonstrations to keep peaceful protesters safe. It is our finding that the arrests alone achieved the desired result in dispersing an increasingly disorderly crowd from a main arterial road in Portland.”However, Sahrbeck said there is insufficient evidence that any of the people arrested took part in the documented violence against police.

Cumberland County District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck announced Friday that his office will not pursue charges against 32 people arrested during Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

The individuals were initially charged with failure to disperse.

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Sahrbeck said the Portland police made 22 arrests on June 1 and made another 10 arrests the following night.

He said video captured at the scene both nights showed numerous police officers hit with rocks, bricks and bottles.

Portland police thoroughly investigated each case, and prosecutors from the district attorney’s office reviewed their findings, Sahrbeck said.

“Upon review of the evidence, these officers had probable cause to arrest all 32 individuals for Failure to Disperse,” Sahrbeck said. “Police were out during the course of these demonstrations to keep peaceful protesters safe. It is our finding that the arrests alone achieved the desired result in dispersing an increasingly disorderly crowd from a main arterial road in Portland.”

However, Sahrbeck said there is insufficient evidence that any of the people arrested took part in the documented violence against police.