1/21/23b News Update #2


<<Prominent Proud Boys member Tusitala “Tiny” Toese was in court on Friday after being arrested Thursday.

Toese has been arrested several times, and a warrant for his arrest was issued in November following an incident where Toese’s GPS monitor died for more than 24 hours.

After being arrested, he appeared before a judge Friday facing numerous charges.

According to Toese’s booking information and court documents obtained by KOIN 6 News, his charges include three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of riot, and two counts of first-degree criminal mischief.

His bail was set at $1 million, and he is barred from having any weapons and any objects that could be used as weapons.

He is also banned from attending “any mass demonstrations declared to be unlawful assemblies.”>>


<<A judge in Portland set bail Friday at $1 million for a notorious street fighter who went on the lam after breaking an earlier release agreement, prosecutors say.

Tusitala Toese — better known by his ironic nickname, Tiny — was extradited to the Multnomah County Detention Center on Thursday. He had been held in the Thurston County Jail since his arrest Dec. 19, court records show.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez proposed $1 million in bail and Circuit Judge Celia Howes approved it during a brief hearing Friday morning inside a Justice Center courtroom. Under Oregon law, Toese is required to pay 10%, or $100,000, to leave custody.

Toese’s supporters previously paid $85,000 in cash to spring the 26-year-old from the Multnomah County lock-up, where he had been held on 12 charges, including riot and second-degree assault, stemming from a chaotic street battle outside an abandoned East Portland Kmart in 2021.

Toese, a leader of the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer movement, is accused of smashing a car window, helping to tip over a van and egging on other fighters during the clash with left-wing protesters, The Oregonian/OregonLive previously reported.

As part of a release agreement, Toese was required to wear a GPS monitor and stay out of trouble, but the tracker went dark in November, according to court filings. An arrest warrant for Toese was issued Nov. 14.>>



<<The Portland Police Bureau has released a new report detailing shooting incidents and gun-related homicide statistics for 2022.

The statistics are added to a rolling and annual comparative graph, representing incidents from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2022.

    94 homicides in 2022 was a 6% increase over the previous year.

    Homicides were up 61% over the previous three years.

    Of the 94 homicides, 76 of the victims died by firearm, which was a 12% increase over the previous year.

    In 2022 there were 1,306 total shooting incidents, down 1% from the previous year.

    Total shooting incidents were up 48% over the last three years.

    The month with the highest number of total shooting incidents in last three years was March with 147.

    Investigators cleared between 8 and 18 shooting cases per month last year.>>



<<Schmidt tells WW that he will seek a second four-year term in the 2024 election. His plans for a reelection campaign have seemed all but certain in recent weeks, but he had remained mum on the subject. In response to an inquiry from WW, Schmidt said: “I look forward to seeing this work through into a second term as district attorney of Multnomah County.”

Elected in 2020 after campaigning as a reformer of the criminal justice system, Schmidt has spent his first term, so far, battling criticism that his progressive policies are unfit to address rising violence and crime.>>

<<Schmidt was immediately thrust into the limelight when his predecessor, Rod Underhill, resigned five months early amid the George Floyd protests and subsequent civil unrest. Schmidt’s announcement shortly thereafter that he was dropping felony and misdemeanor charges against more than 500 protesters riled law enforcement and invigorated his critics.

Since then, a beleaguered police force and dysfunctional county court system, battered by pandemic closures and insufficient public defense attorneys, has provided a steady headwind as Schmidt attempts to prove his strategy works.

“Working to improve the criminal justice system and public safety are not mutually exclusive,” Schmidt said in a statement. “In fact, they are inextricably linked.”>>