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Bend police recommend riot, other charges against 15 in Pilot Butte melee

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Bend police released four videos taken during confrontations Oct. 3 at Pilot Butte Neighborhood Park

Also recommend charges against 7 for protest blocking Hwy. 20 traffic

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Bend police recommended Tuesday that Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel file a variety of charges, from riot and assault to disorderly conduct and harassment, against 15 people stemming from an Oct. 3 melee at Pilot Butte Neighborhood Park.

In addition, police are recommending that seven people be charged with disorderly conduct and one criminal trespass for blocking traffic on Highway 20 during a protest the following day at the police department headquarters.

Confrontations between President Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter participants at the park that day led to fights, the use of Mace (pepper/bear spray) and a Taser, and a man pointing a gun at others by a pickup truck.

A Bend man who allegedly stole a Trump flag from a pickup truck was the only person cited at the scene, on a theft charge, and released. That the man with the gun was not detained -- only having his gun taken by police -- prompted BLM participants to block police cars from leaving the scene.

A few days later, Bend police shared four social media videos and issued a statement defending officers' actions and behavior. Central Oregon Peacekeepers and others filed citizen complaints Oct. 9 against an officer who they claimed choked a woman by lifting her by her backpack to clear the police cars' path.

Hummel told NewsChannel 21 Tuesday, “I’m still reviewing the evidence. I’ve made no decision about charges."

"I'll announce my decisions when my review is completed," Hummel added.

Hummel had told NewsChannel 21 on Monday he hopes to have charging decisions completed by the end of this week or next week at the latest.

Here is the full news release from Bend police, issued Tuesday afternoon by Lt. Juli McConkey:

Investigation Complete and Charges Forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office from Events on October 3rd and 4th
Bend Police Dept. - 10/20/20 3:26 PM

On October 4th, 2020, the Bend Police Department provided a press release regarding the incident that occurred at the Pilot Butte Neighborhood Park on October 3rd, 2020, involving conflicts between two groups identifying as different ideologies.  During the incident, there were several acts of conduct that required follow-up investigations to determine if crimes occurred.

The Bend Police Department assembled a team of 5 members who spent over 400 hours of personnel time to review all of the available evidence, reports and statements from the events that day. 

After review, on October 20th, 2020, members of the Bend Police Department investigative team met with the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office to present the investigative material for their formal review and determination of formal criminal charges.

The Bend Police Department presented cases on 15 people to the District Attorney’s Office for potential criminal charges.  The following charges were requested to be considered by the District Attorney;

Male adult – Theft III, Disorderly Conduct II

Male adult – Riot, Disorderly Conduct II

Male adult – Riot, Disorderly Conduct II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of an Electrical Stun Gun.

Male adult – Riot, Disorderly Conduct II 2 counts, Assault IV 3 counts, Harassment.

Male adult – Riot, Unlawful Use of Mace

Female adult – Riot, Unlawful Use of Mace 2 counts, Interfering with a Police Officer 2 counts, Harassment 2 counts, Disorderly Conduct

Male adult – Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing 2 counts

Male adult – Riot, Unlawful Use of Mace 2 counts

Male adult - Riot, Assault IV, Disorderly Conduct II, Harassment

Female adult – Interfering with a Police Officer 3 counts, Harassment 3 counts

Female adult – Unlawful Use of an Electrical Stun Gun, Disorderly Conduct II, Harassment, Interfering with a Police Officer 3 counts, Theft III

Female adult – Interfering with a Police Officer 2 counts, Harassment 2 counts, Disorderly Conduct II

Female adult – Harassment 2 counts, Interfering with a Police Officer 2 counts, Theft III

Male adult – Harassment

Female adult – Interfering with a Police Officer

Additionally, on October 4, 2020, a group of people held a protest event at the Bend Police Department. During this incident some of the individuals engaged in blocking traffic for periods of time on Hwy 20, in front of the Bend Police Department, holding traffic and causing significant delays.

The evidence was reviewed for this incident and the Bend Police Department has also forwarded the investigation to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office for review and decisions on formal criminal charging. 

Seven individuals were presented with the following potential charges;

Female adult – Disorderly Conduct II

Female adult – Disorderly Conduct II

Female adult – Disorderly Conduct II, Criminal Trespass II

Female adult – Disorderly Conduct II

Female adult – Disorderly Conduct II

Male adult – Disorderly Conduct II

Male adult – Disorderly Conduct II

The Bend Police Department will continue to evaluate all events that fall under First Amendment protections.  However, rights to free speech do not include engaging in behavior that is defined as a crime under Oregon, federal or local law, and we will work to ensure that people who engage in criminal behavior will be held accountable.  We will thoroughly investigate alleged criminal conduct and when appropriate forward those investigations to the District Attorney’s Office for charging decisions. 

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Barney Lerten

Barney is the digital content director for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Barney here.

Comments

67 Comments

    1. Please don’t let the actions of a few speak for the rest of their respective “party”. Most of us are civil, even most of the folks who attended this event were civil. I can say for fact that this event pushed many people away from interacting with these groups again.

    2. The below quote by Hummel that was reported by another newsgroup is below. And while I am sure he must have been misquoted, if not, there’s something going on that stinks in Deschutes county!

      “District Attorney John Hummel said Bend Police Department’s suggested charges have no bearing on what charges he ultimately opts to pursue.”

      1. I think we already know that Hummel’s decisions are primarily based on which group
        the person is politically affiliated with, and it’s certainly not a big secret that
        he is heavily biased towards the liberally affiliated groups…

        His decisions should ONLY be based on Oregon statute, and he has absolutely no
        business publicly showing his personal support for, or bias towards a particular group, and it doesn’t matter if that group is liberal or conservative.

        He should remain politically neutral but he doesn’t, and he has already publicly shown his support and bias for liberally affiliated groups and their causes.
        I don’t know if he honestly believes in the ideals of groups like blm, or if his decision to publicly support the liberal groups and their agenda, is nothing more than an attempt to look politically correct. My guess is that it’s the later…

  1. Someone wants to sue because a police officer lifted her by her backpack??? IF she was blocking police vehicles, she should thank the police for using minimal action necessary to move her.

  2. The two bimbos that layed on the ground, and every other dirt bag that was involved in blocking the police vehicles should get a minimum of one year in jail, a hefty fine, and also be required to do 100 hours or so of community service after serving their jail sentence…

  3. I hope that, whether or not some of these get past the recommendation stage, this will deter actions that lead to violence or property destruction. We have a highly contested election in a couple of weeks, and maybe we can behave like mature adult citizens no matter which side we’re on.

  4. It is time for names and pictures of the arrested to be publicized.
    These criminals just hate that. Then they lose their jobs and gather the ridicule they so richly deserve.
    The reporter Andy Ngo from Portland has done this to great success. It is all public information and should see the light of day.

    1. Not here. Not any more. As you well know, law enforcement puts the info out in public releases/social media, and others still do as they’ve always done. But it’s a fact” They are ALLEGED criminals until convicted in a court of law.

              1. These are not ‘victims’ as you say in your ‘policy’, these are alleged rioters whose crimes were witnessed by police officers and they were arrested for these crimes.
                If you are fine with identifying robbers , drug dealers, drunk drivers, victimizers of all sorts, why not violent rioters?
                What makes this scum any better or a protected class?
                POLITICAL BIAS,period.

      1. With the respect, your comment deserves, that is a mistruth! Since the public announcement that you would no longer post the names of alleged criminals, this newsgroup has done just the opposite on at least 5 documented occasions. A fact I have posted multiple times only to have my post deleted or ignored.

        1. I don’t recall being asked about that specifically. I did not say we will never name suspects. I have said several times it’s an editorial judgment call based on a number of factors – the severity of a crime, public safety, etc. A murder charge is an obvious example in one direction.

          1. from a post of mine on 9/21/2020 regarding KTVZ’s article titled, “2 Astoria men caught setting stolen crab traps in protected marine reserve”. We have many other examples we can share.

            Hummmp69 says:
            September 21, 2020 at 9:30 pm
            What criteria were used in determining to name these suspects that stole some crabs & crabbing gear as opposed to a person caught with Heroin, METH, HANDGUNS, HASH, etc? Is it because they are “White”?

            Reply

      2. Well speaking of facts, its a fact that KTVZ has ALWAYS published accused/arrested individuals mugshots LONG before they get they day in court. Did KTVZ just change a long standing practice? Basically they have been doing it since KTVZs 1st website.

          1. based on a quick review of the saved comments from this article it seems you have deleted a couple of yours Barney. Care to comment? Or will you delete this as well?

    2. Oregontea, two things. One, the aren’t criminals until they are found guilty , and two, if they lose their jobs due to an arrest and are later cleared of any wrong doing, guess which news channel is getting sued.

      1. Their crimes were witnessed by police officers and they were arrested. If the POS DA wont charge them like the POS DA in Portland that makes them no less guilty, just political pawns.
        If you go out and riot and work for me, look for a new job first.
        Of course these types could never work for me in the first place, I love the USA and wouldn’t hire a communist period.

    3. No way in hell is state run media going to allow their soldiers to be named and publicized. Hell look at what brown and Rosenbum did for Casey Codding, and he lied in federal court and they KNEW IT

  5. “The Bend Police Department assembled a team of 5 members who spent over 400 hours of personnel time to review all of the available evidence, reports and statements from the events that day.” And Dummel has already shown that he believes that his supporters can block whatever they choose, so we know how that will turn out. Now, there’s a good use of resources. The new lickspittle police chief might need some guidance in regard to priorities. Hint: it’s not “investigating” losers who get what they ask for from one another.
    So, two full weeks of time of five “members” of the police department was wasted (40 X 5 X 2 = 400). Since the events being “investigated took place just over two weeks ago, wanna bet that some overtime was involved? Amazingly, Bend managed to survive two weeks without these “members”. Maybe we don’t need them and could trim some budgets.

  6. 400 hours of investigative review.

    With recommended charges and evidence to include video.

    And a DA who openly panders to a segment of the very people alleged to have committed the crimes listed.

    Charge the individuals noted and let their attorneys make their cases in court. Time to step up Mr. Hummel.

  7. I have to point out one inaccuracy in the reporting: The act of civil disobedience committed by the two women in blocking the police cars stemmed from BPD failure to apprehend the man who rushed into the crowd with finger on the trigger of his pointed firearm. It is important to note here that, even though Chief Krantz admitted that his officers had not had proper training to deal with this kind of situation, he did not assign any fault to these officers (or to himself) for mishandling the crisis. Where was Krantz?

    There was evidence that some of the Trump aligned men appear to have been drinking–both here and in subsequent sightings around town during the rest of the day. Yet, no breathalyzer tests were administered–as any officer is perfectly justified in doing under Oregon’s implied consent law.

    It looks as though the list of people and “crimes” identified by Krantz preponderantly singles out BLM-affiliated protesters. This does not bode well for future harmonious relations between the police and our increasingly concerned and engaged youth population.

    All the more reason for immediate creation of an independent civilian review board to provide an alternate version of the events at Pilot Butte Parg.

      1. I believe once the facts are allowed to come out –

        We’ll find the “man with the gun” had left his gun on the seat of his vehicle when he got out of it…

        And left the vehicle in “Drive” which saw the vehicle begin to move forward on its own…

        One of the folks there jumped into the truck to put it in “Park” at about the same time the vehicle’s owner saw it moving…

        He, in turn, as the story unfolds, jumped back into his vehicle to secure his gun and that’s when he came up with it.

        The single photo swiftly thrown on to social media and captioned as it was failed to tell the whole story. When the “man with the gun” explained what occurred to BPD, they seized the gun and allowed him to go…filing a report as is expected and letting the DA make a charging decision if there is to be one.

        Although not a crime it was and is incredibly irresponsible to leave a firearm in plain view in a vehicle, especially in an urban area / environment. At the same time it is also equally irresponsible for “social activists” to “dox” a situation with a photo and tainted caption, meant only to generate more conflict and distrust with those they are in opposition of, and the police.

        It would be interesting to know how many “social activists” are packing firearms at similar events or “melees”, either having CCW licenses to do so or packing illegally “just because”. Same for the other side of the Protest/Demonstrate crowd.

    1. Oregon does not have public intoxication laws, but the BPD and the Lefty pandering DA, John Hummel, use “Menacing” or “Disorderly Conduct” to get around that.

      Perhaps if those that disagree with a Conservative rally to support Trump can just allow them their space and stop trying to constantly infringing on their 1A rights by counter protesting, then maybe tensions wouldn’t be so high all the time.

      This is only going to get worse, not better, especially when those that work in the Criminal INjustice System have openly sided with a radical Leftist view and agenda like Hummel has.

      1. Read the article, the weapon was confiscated, and he was told to leave. I’m sure they have his info. No arrests were made that day on either side. So looks like they handled it appropriately, all without shooting anyone.

    2. Your ignorance is here for all to see. Implied consent refers to a person operating a vehicle. If people weren’t seen drinking in Bend then there wouldn’t be much downtown Bend left would there?

  8. I have to point out one inaccuracy in the reporting: The act of civil disobedience committed by the two women in blocking the police cars stemmed from BPD failure to apprehend the man who rushed into the crowd with finger on the trigger of his pointed firearm. It is important to note here that, even though Chief Krantz admitted that his officers had not had proper training to deal with this kind of situation, he did not assign any fault to these officers (or to himself) for mishandling the crisis. Where was Krantz?

    There was evidence that some of the Trump aligned men appear to have been drinking–both here and in subsequent sightings around town during the rest of the day. Yet, no breathalyzer tests were administered–as any officer is perfectly justified in doing under Oregon’s implied consent law.

    It looks as though the list of people and “crimes” identified by Krantz preponderantly singles out BLM-affiliated protesters. This does not bode well for future harmonious relations between the police and our increasingly concerned and engaged youth population.

    All the more reason for immediate creation of an independent civilian review board to provide an alternate version of the events at Pilot Butte Park.

    1. Hilarious, this dimwit believes that a crime may be committed if you disagree with a police officer’s decision not to arrest someone. And cites, “evidence that some . . . appear to have been drinking”, in support of . . . no point. It looks like this loser “thinks” that the function of the police is to capitulate to the whims of spoiled, whiny children.
      Wait a minute . . .did Dummel post this?

    2. BPD confiscated the gun and likely determined no more threat so they do further investigation and submit a report to Hummel. Sounds reasonable. Lets say its not reasonable. That does not give people the right to block in the BPD car and commit criminal violations.
      You state that the police are perfectly justified in doing a breath test on those drinking under Implied Consent. WRONG. You have to be under arrest for DUII and are then offered a breath test. Does not sound like anybody was arrested for DUII.
      And yes it does appear that most of the charges are BLM affiliates. I watched the videos and BLM was being completely stupid. They then protest in front of BPD and again show how stupid they are by blocking traffic.

    3. re: Billblake why keep bringing that up.. I’m sure if the police thought the person with a gun was doing something criminal they would have done something about it.. also I’m sure if they had reason to believe someone was drunk or had been drinking they would have done something about it.. I guarantee you that.. also I guarantee you that our police department is not hiding anything.. also they are doing their jobs.. quit sitting on the sidelines judging every little thing they do.. I would love to see you as a police officer during that event.. and see how you handle it.. I”m sure you would have possibly missed something or people would be complaining about something you did!.. I’m thankful our police are willing to keep at it.. even though they have tons of negative judgymcjudgersons (me trying to make it funny) out there judging their every move, gesture, word, look and job.
      the only good reviews would be from first hand accounts and for a video of everything and that cannot possibly happen until we get big brother filming every square inch.
      also lastly you said “it looks like Krantz singled out blm protesters.. that might be right.. due to the fact that they where the ones causing a scene.. again key word “looks like” doesn’t mean its a fact or even that its a done deal. and again I’ll say police investigated and I’m sure if they thought any trump supporters where at fault they would charge them as well..

  9. I’ll wait and see . . . but I don’t have a lot of faith in Hummel applying the law in accordance with the law. Translation, Hummel will drop all charges and let the leftists go.

  10. All those alleged of wrongdoing will be referred to Hummel’s new (just in time?) Project Decency.

    A “diversion” program meant to shield his FB friends at the Peacekeepers et al from arrest/prosecution.

    He should recuse himself from these cases given his very public showboating in support of the “usual suspects” during the ICE “melee” of several weeks ago in Bend.

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