Special Prosecutor Files Charges on Retired Officer, Looter not charged, PPA says Grand Jury Didn’t Hear from Eyewitness
In a press release put out by the Portland Police Association today, the association stated that recently retired highly decorated officer Scott Groshong, a 27 year veteran of the department has been charged in relation to an incident during riots in downtown Portland where it is alleged that officer Groshong ran down a rioter that was earlier observed looting a store. A special prosecutor from Marion County presented the case to a grand jury that the Portland Police Association alleges was not presented with all the relevant facts.
“Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crosswinds of an extremely divided city and a politicized criminal justice system. On the night in question, the officer was working undercover to find individuals who were hiding in and using the protest crowds as cover for their criminal and violent behavior. The officer saw a few individuals branch off from the main protests and walk towards downtown small businesses. With arrogance and a complete disregard for law and order, these individuals smashed the large windows of these local businesses and began stealing anything they could get their hands on.
During this crime spree, the officer was in an undercover van, near NW 9th and Davis, when individuals smashed windows and a young adult, white male stole from a small skateboarding/snowboarding shop. The officer drove towards the male suspect to document his criminal behavior. The suspect took off running. A couple of blocks away, an independent witness observed the male run in front of the witness’ vehicle. The witness reported seeing no signs of injury or fatigue as the suspect ran away. After fleeing on foot for a number of blocks, the suspect was arrested by police. Notwithstanding this clear evidence of the suspect looting a business and fleeing the scene as corroborated by an independent eyewitness, the Multnomah County District Attorney declined to prosecute the suspect for victimizing this small business and dropped all criminal charges against him.”
The statement then goes on to state that the subject, although allegedly injured by a vehicle strike, then managed to run several blocks before being apprehended by police, despite an independent eyewitness that tells a different story than the offender who was released without charges.
“Instead of the suspect facing consequences for looting, this veteran police officer finds himself the target of misplaced criminal charges. Incredibly, this suspect now claims the police knowingly hit him with the undercover surveillance van when the officer drove towards him to document his criminal acts. That claim is false, self-serving, and runs completely counter to the independent eyewitness who observed the suspect running away from the scene of his crime. Disturbingly, the Grand Jury never heard this key eyewitness testimony that would have been material to the Grand Jury’s deliberation.”
The Portland Police Association in their statement expressed their disdain for the actions of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office that has openly stated in the past that it will not charge people arrested with rioting offenses who have now charged officer Groshong with crimes while letting his accuser walk free, while also urging restraint and asking that patience be exercised as the case unfolds and makes its way through the criminal justice system.
“Instead of holding the looter accountable, the Multnomah County District Attorney dismissed the charges against him. And instead of presenting all of the cold, hard facts, the outside prosecutor from Marion County withheld from the Grand Jury key eyewitness testimony. With only partial facts and falsehoods, a highly respected, honorable, retired public servant now finds himself indicted on crimes he did not commit. There is no justice when politics are injected into the criminal justice system.
We ask our community to be patient while the justice process unfolds. Wait for all the facts before passing judgment. We trust in our criminal justice system when the system fairly and objectively applies the rule of law. Once the full picture is revealed, we are confident that justice will prevail, and the officer will be exonerated of all charges.”