Oregon State Police troopers responding to the ongoing protest and riots in Portland have been federally deputized, state police confirm.
State police told KOIN 6 News they’re working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to review arrests made by troopers assigned to Portland for potential federal prosecution. The troopers assigned to Portland have been cross-deputized by the U.S. Marshals.
The Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt previously announced his office would presumptively decline to prosecute certain misdemeanor charges stemming from the protests, a move which resulted in criticism from law enforcement agencies, including state police in mid-August.