Micah Rhodes, leader of the anti-Trump “Portland’s Resistance” movement, has returned to jail after being arrested for, allegedly, violating his parole requirement to keep away from minors.
Rhodes headed an anti-Trump protest group before being convicted of three counts of sexual abuse of minors, Oregonlive reports:
“Rhodes was a leader of the protest group Portland’s Resistance, which rose to prominence after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016. The group helped organize day after day of marches and rallies against Trump.”
“Rhodes, 24, was ordered to stay away from anyone under 18 years old after he was convicted this year on three counts of second-degree sexual abuse for having illicit sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl in Washington County and a 17-year-old boy in Multnomah County.”
In separate hearings, Washington County Circuit Judge Janelle Wipper and Multnomah County Circuit Judge Jerry Hodson each shunned state sentencing guidelines that would have landed Rhodes in jail for two to two and a half years. Instead, Rhodes was given five years of conditional probation, which police say he has violated.
The circumstances of Rhodes’ alleged contact with children are unclear. Court papers don’t offer details. But a YouTube video posted by blogger Robert West on June 22 shows a man who appears to be Rhodes at a protest outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Southwest Portland. He is standing on top of a canopy next to the trolley tracks, with dozens of protesters nearby on the ground.
The title of West’s video states that there are children at the protest.
The video appears to be taken after Rhodes was sentenced in May in Washington County but before he was sentenced earlier this month in Multnomah County.
In other Portland news, A riot was declared in downtown Portland, Oregon recently, when the city exploded into its worst protest violence of the Trump era, as Antifa Communists showed they are receiving clear favoritism from City Hall.
More than 150 supporters of the conservative Patriot Prayer group fought pitched street battles with scores of Communist Antifa protesters. In total, nine people were arrested.
The march had started near Schrunk Plaza in the city center, where the conservative group had held a rally, led by the Patriot Prayer founder and Republican US Senate candidate Joey Gibson, reports KATU.
As soon as the group left the plaza, they clashed with Antifa Communists who had been waiting across a heavily barricaded street nearby.
As the two groups came to blows, Department of Homeland Security officers fired non-lethal ammunition towards the counter-protest.
Later the groups met on another street nearby, where the worst of the violence took place.
Patriot Prayer supporters – many of whom wore the colors of a group called Proud Boys – were seen defending themselves by hitting counter-protesters with flagpoles, trash can lids, and their fists after IED attacks by the Antifa Communists.
One Proud Boy was seen to floor an Antifa Communist with a single punch. Later in the day he was seen being cuffed by police officers.
The Antifa Communists, some clad in “black bloc” clothing and masks, released deafening fireworks, initiating an assault on Patriot Prayer supporters.
While Antifa Communists used pepper spray, Patriot Prayer members had been unable to take theirs into a federal park because they, unlike Antifa, were searched prior to entering.
The melee lasted several minutes before Portland police revoked the permit for the march and cleared the street. The groups clashed again soon after and police used pepper spray to separate them and declared a riot at 6.15pm local time.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
July 25th, 2018