This week some individuals in Portland Oregon caused the cancellation of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, a community event in the southeast quadrant of Portland, by threatening to forcibly drag “fascists” off the parade route if they weren’t excluded. Who were these “facists”? The official delegation of the Multnomah County Republican Party. (goto article in The Atlantic for more information)
What these individuals may not know is that they could have committed a felony.
ORS 163.275 Coercion
A person commits the crime of coercion when the person compels or induces another person to engage in conduct from which the other person has a legal right to abstain, or to abstain from engaging in conduct in which the other person has a legal right to engage, by means of instilling in the other person a fear that, if the other person refrains from the conduct compelled or induced or engages in conduct contrary to the compulsion or inducement, the actor or another will:
(a) Unlawfully cause physical injury to some person;
(b) Unlawfully cause physical injury to some animal;
(c) Unlawfully cause damage to property;
(d) Engage in conduct constituting a crime;
(2)Coercion is a Class C felony
Here’s hoping that the Multnomah County District Attorneys office has started a criminal investigation of the anonymous threats to the parade organizers. And if a crime did occur, the Courts should sentence the perpetrators to the maximum allowed by law. Without exception.
The people who took this outrageous action need to understand that they are hurting their cause, they acted in an extremely un American way. Civil society can not tolerate their immature, egotistical and narcissistic behavior.