- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - More than two months after 120 people were arrested in Portland’s protests against the election of Donald Trump, criminal charges in most of the cases have been dropped.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/RgsNNL ) only a handful of demonstrators accused of violence or property destruction still face charges.

Court records show that at least 100 people primarily charged with nonviolent crimes such as blocking traffic or refusing to disperse have had their cases dismissed.

Police and prosecutors said the dropped charges shouldn’t embolden residents to take to the streets on inauguration day to shatter windows, vandalize cars, set fires and scramble onto freeways as some did during six consecutive nights of protests in November.

Multnomah County chief deputy district attorney Kirsten Snowden says many of the dismissals stemmed from incomplete police reports.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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