Portland DA Drops Attempted Murder and Arson Charges for Protester Who Threw Molotov Cocktail at Police

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Multnomah County, Washington, DA Mike Schmidt has dropped the most serious charges against a protester who threw a Molotov cocktail explosive device at Portland police officers Wednesday night.

A man identified as Joseph Robert Sipe, allegedly threw the device at police officers who were attempting to quell riots in Portland.

Charges of First Degree Attempted Murder, First Degree Arson, First Degree Attempted Assault, and Attempt To Commit A Class A Felony, which all fall under Class A and B felonies, were all dropped. The only charges that remain are the Class C Felony charges of Riot and Unlawful Possession Of A Destructive Device.

In August, Oregon State Police pulled out of the city Portland after Schmidt repeatedly chose to not pursue charges against Portland rioters.

In Louisville this week, two police officers were shot during Breonna Taylor demonstrations. The man who allegedly shot them, 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson, has being charged with assault and wanton endangerment.

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