Catching & Releasing “Peaceful Rioters”

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(Chuck Muth) – Ford Fisher, editor-in-chief of N2S Reports, recently tweeted that Black Lives Matter/ANTIFA prepared support packages of drinks, food, sanitation products and cigarettes for peaceful rioters in Portland who had been arrested.

He added: “I’m told the few already released had charges dropped.”

To which Ian Miles Cheong, managing editor for Human Events, replied…

“Why even bother arresting rioters if they’re just gonna drop charges on all of them and let them go?”

And that’s exactly the question everyone who wants to see the end of these “peaceful riots” should be asking.

Fortunately, an Oregon sheriff drove that point home a couple weeks ago in rejecting Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s request that he deploy his officers to the city of Portland to help quell the #BidenRiots.

Clackamas Co. Sheriff Craig Roberts wrote…

“The only way to make Portland safe again, is to support a policy that holds offenders accountable for their destruction and violence.  That will require the DA (district attorney) to charge offenders appropriately and a decision by the Multnomah County Presiding Judge to not allow offenders released on their own recognizance, and instead require bail with conditions.

“The same offenders are arrested night after night, only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA’s office.  The next night they are back at it, endangering the lives of law enforcement and the community all over again.”

If you’re going to arrest people for violating some law and then just release them without consequences, what’s the sense in having the law in the first place?

Inquiring minds wanna know.

Catch & Release Chronicle

* A Wood-Ridge police sergeant was injured during a furious struggle with an accused mail thief from Union City who was quickly back on the street following his arrest. … They sent him to the Bergen County Jail only to have a judge in Hackensack order Yepez released less than 24 hours later under New Jersey’s bail reform law.  Click here

* Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis held a conference Wednesday to call for an end to New York’s controversial bail reform law after an elderly woman was attacked in Bay Ridge. … According to the New York Daily News, (Mario) Pope was arrested in April on assault and harassment charges in Harlem, but was released without bail at his arraignment.  Click here

* A man accused of assaulting a woman, admitted he returned to the home days later, stabbed the woman and set her home on fire. … Due to the recently enacted bail reform laws, the City of Newburgh judge had no choice but to release Mahabir without bail, officials say.  Click here

* If Monday, Oct. 19, was a test-run on whether the accused would show up for trial under the state’s new bail reform, Otsego County failed.  “We’re two-for-two on no-shows,” said District Attorney John Muehl. “I knew this is exactly what was going to happen.”  Click here

* “HELP ME!” a Morris County woman mouthed to a stranger in the parking lot of a Clifton bank after she and a companion were kidnapped by a violent registered sex offender posing as a police officer. … Mann, an ex-con with an extensive criminal history who’d been released several times under bail reform, told them that he was armed and that they’d “have to compensate him with cash if they wanted to avoid being arrested,” Bracken said.  Click here

* Rachelle N. Laney is charged with: criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, a Class C felony; two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a Class A misdemeanor; three counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia, also a Class A misdemeanor; aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree, an unclassified misdemeanor; aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, another unclassified misdemeanor; unlicensed operator — a violation; and “illegal turn signal” — a violation. … In accordance with the NYS Bail Reform Law, the charges were not qualifying offenses so Laney was released on her own recognizance.  Click here


“While nobody should be incarcerated solely because they are indigent or suffering from addiction, nor should someone be released to the community when there is reasonable risk to public safety.” – Michael Conlon, county attorney in Hillsborough County, NH

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Chuck Muth

Chuck Muth

Chuck Muth is president of Citizen Outreach, a non-profit grassroots advocacy organization supporting limited government, free markets and individual liberty. He's also publisher of and blogs personally at

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