The majority of the people facing federal charges over last summer's protests in Portland, Oregon will not be prosecuted or spend any time at all behind bars, it haas been revealed.
Although 97 people were arrested and had charges filed against them in connection to protests that took place between May and October of last year, 58 cases have either been dismissed completely or will be scrapped under deferred resolution agreements.
A further 32 cases are also pending with many also likely to be dismissed, Fox News reports.
Just seven people have entered guilty pleas, and just one is heading to prison having been caught red-handed setting fire to the city's Justice Center.
Edward Schinzing was caught on video setting fire to the building. He had his shirt off and, helpfully for police, had his name tattooed on his back.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Among those who have had charges dismissed are David Bouchard and Charles Comfort, who were both accused of attacking law enforcement officers.
Charges have been dismissed against 58 of the 97 people arrested during the unrest last year that lasted for more than 100 days between May and October
Black Lives Matter protesters gather at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Oregon last year
Edward Schinzing, 33, had his name tattooed on his back while video captured him setting fire to the Justice Center building. The facility houses the Multnomah County jail and the Portland Police Bureau headquarters
Authorities were able to identify him through a comparison of his booking photo (left) and photos from the scene (right) in which a distinctive tattoo of his last name across his upper back was visibleInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The decision not to prosecute many of the accused rioters federally echoes the decision made last year by Portland's newly elected district attorney who stipulated under a new policy, his office would not prosecute people who have been arrested since late May on non-violent misdemeanor charges.
The policy recognizes the outrage and frustration over a history of racial injustice that led to more than 100 nights of sustained, often violent protest in Portland as well as the more practical realities of the court system, which is running more than several months behind in processing cases because of COVID-19.
'The protesters are angry ... and deeply frustrated with what they perceive to be structural inequities in our basic social fabric. And this frustration can escalate to levels that violate the law,' Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said.
Edward Thomas Schinzing, 33, was among a group of protesters who broke into the Justice Center on May 29, 2020 (pictured) before vandalizing the space and setting fires
People gather to protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland in July 2020
There were more than 100 nights of rioting last summer which saw protesters tear gassed and fired upon with rubber bullets by the city's police force
'This policy acknowledges that centuries of disparate treatment of our black and brown communities have left deep wounds and