In Portland, Oregon, a group is harassing police officials and officers, even going to their homes even after warned. Three of them have been arrested and two of them have scary pasts considering what they are doing. The three are Robert West, Christopher Ponte, and Eli Richey. Robert West is a registered sex offender. Ironically, West’s picture hangs from that very school’s wall, listing as a sex offender. West says he won’t be convicted on rape charges or in Oregon.
Eli Richey is another colorful character. He is accused of playing with himself as he filmed a woman eating a Popsicle and was seen filming random children in a local fountain. Definitely the perfect spokesman for a liberal group.
Apparently what they were doing is not enough, and they have been using new and different tactics in recent weeks. They have visited the homes and private property of Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman, Portland Police Captain Mark Kruger, Portland Police Sergeant Leo Besner, and Multnomah County DA Rod Underhill.
And they’ve threatened to film their children at their schools. In the recent visits, the group has taken close-up images of home addresses the license plates of personal vehicles. They also tried to go to the home of Portland Police spokesman, Sergeant Pete Simpson, but had the wrong address.
In response, Portland police and prosecutors are charging them with unlawful obtaining of communications, a misdemeanor. West and Richey are facing this charge, after complaints of filming strangers or private security when told not to. Richey has also been charged with trespass and telephonic harassment, and is in custody with bond of $250,000.
West is also in jail, under bond of $25,000, after a judge refused to raise his bond to $250,000, but has been ordered to stay at least 20 feet away from police when they’re performing their duties.
On July 10, Ponte went to Captain Kruger’s home, and said he was “trying to get some interviews about his past.” He was served afterward with a temporary stalking order.
Multnomah County Deputy DA James Hayden said that his office takes the group’s actions seriously. He said, “We think their actions are alarming. We think these actions and visits to officials’ homes are intended to intimidate them.”
Here is a video of West trying to film himself driving a policewoman to say or do something he could use as propaganda. He stopped filming when she brought up his sex offender status:
As they left, West yelled at the officer, “We were just at the (expletive) chief’s house. We will be at your house next, you coward mother (expletive),” the affidavit said. “We’ll be at your (expletive) kids’ school. … I will be at your (expletive) kids’ school videotaping your kids.”
West, who is a registered sex offender, is on probation for disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer. In 1984, in California, he was sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted of a charge of assault to commit mayhem/rape.