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This bill increases penalties for concealing persons face during a riot.
Gives more flexibility for law enforcement to use during a riot. such as the ones in Portland promoted by Antifa. Portland has become a national target for right-wing groups, who want to fight those masked leftists.
During a press conference, Portland Police Chief Jami Resch indicated that she anticipates a rise in such protests in the months ahead, especially because 2020 is an election year.
“In recent years we have seen an alarming increase of violent riots in Oregon,” Sprenger said in a press release. “As a former Sheriff’s Deputy, I know how important it is for law enforcement to be able to accurately and swiftly identify those who are involved in inciting these riots and committing crimes.”
Under current Oregon law, rioting is a Class C felony and is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $125,000 fine. The new bill would increase those penalties to up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if the protester had a partially or fully concealed face “with intent to avoid arrest or facilitate commission of crime, as aggravation” during the commission of the crime.