You may recall the story from a couple weeks ago where a Portland rioter is now facing federal arson charges for tossing burning flares into a Target store and a police cruiser. The suspect is Damion Feller and the event occurred as part of the May Day protest. But what you may not know is that the Multnomah County district attorney, Rod Underhill, had dropped charges on Feller from another protest-turned-riot that happened back in March.
According to court documents, Feller had initially been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Reckless Burning, stemming from an event that took place on March 29th, 2017. They even released him on his own recognizance. On April 12th, All of those charges were dropped, aka “No Complaint”ed, just three weeks before Fellers next round of criminal behavior.
But wait, there’s more!
When he was arrested and booked on March 29th, he actually had a warrant out for him from Umatilla County in Oregon, where he was wanted on 2 counts of Failure To Appear, stemming from yet another case where he was charged with Theft Of Services, Trespass, and 3rd Degree Theft, along with a previous Failure To Appear charge. Umatilla had released him at one point due to overcrowding.
So, Multnomah County, where Portland is located, had someone in custody who was wanted in another county, and not only did they let the guy go on his own recognizance on March 30th, but they dropped the Multnomah charges they had on him, while still failing to deliver him back to Umatilla county, where he faced all of the previous charges.
This brings us to May 1st, 2017, where the negligence of the Multnomah County District Attorney and Sheriff’s department gave Feller an opportunity to *ALLEGEDLY* toss burning flares into a Target store and a police cruiser.
Amazingly, they are actually holding Feller in jail still and they have not let him out yet–so at least they finally got it right. But only until after Feller re-offended for the 5th time.
Damion Feller has been arrested several times, and his mugshots are plentiful. He even had the distinction of being featured in the East Oregonian’s Most Wanted list. Yet the DA’s and sheriffs continually let him go, only to see him wreak havoc on the citizens again.