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Investigation Complete and Charges Forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office from Events on October 3rd and 4th - 10/20/20

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 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. 

 

Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

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