Eva Warner of Beaverton, Oregon, faces charges after being detained three times in August 2020 and released without bond. He was accused of shining a laser into the eyes of police officers, which was a particularly hazardous attack due to the risk of blindness. The accusations were dropped “with prejudice,” which means he will never face prosecution related to the crime.
Warner faced a maximum of five years in jail if convicted, but the matter was never trial. A federal probe led to Warner’s arrest on September 2 at a southeast Portland apartment. On December 21, acting US Attorney for the District of Oregon, Scott Erik Asphaug dropped Warner’s case.
Moreover, the defendant had completed “at least 30 hours of community service,” according to the motion. Judge Michael H. Simon of the United States District Court dropped Warner’s indictment “with prejudice.” For his offense on January 6, a rioter accused of attacking a police officer faces a sentence of five years in prison.
Robert Palmer, 54, of Largo, Florida, sobbed as he told a judge that he regrets what he did that day. He was one of several rioters condemned in a District of Columbia court. Scores of police officers were battered and bruised, five people died, and the Capitol was damaged to the tune of $1.5 million.
A guy who attempted to blind a police officer during a riot in Portland, Oregon, was sentenced to community service instead of jail time. The message is clear: if you try to blind an officer in a riot allegedly against “police brutality,” no one will care. You can get away with almost anything as long as your acts portray the appropriate political stance. Both Palmer and Warner should be imprisoned. Their freedom is a heinous travesty of justice.