July 08, 2017 10:50
On Friday July 7, 2017, Portland Police officers arrested 49-year-old Frederick Nolan Sorrell on hate crime charges in connection with a May 2017 incident.
Sorrell was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Intimidation in the Second Degree (three counts). Sorrell will be arraigned on Monday.
The charges come as a result of an investigation into a report that Sorrell threatened a Muslim victim using words and hand gestures.
Bias Crimes detectives investigated the incident, leading to an arrest warrant on these charges.
In recent months, the City of Portland has experienced increased tension and concerns about hate crime activity and threats to community safety. The Portland Police Bureau has been actively involved in these issues, investigating crimes and reports of threatening behavior. The Bureau understands the fear and uneasy feelings felt by many in our community and wants to share a message -- Portland Police Officers are sworn to protect and dedicated to serve everyone. These officers are here to protect you and keep you safe.
The Bureau investigates all reports of bias-motivated crimes and encourages any member of our community who is the victim of such a crime to contact law enforcement. Under Oregon law, bias crimes are defined as any criminal act that targets a victim based on the suspect's perception of the victim's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Detectives work to determine whether or not bias elements are present during the reported crime that align with Oregon law as defined in the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS):
* ORS 166.165 - Intimidation in the First Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.165
* ORS 166.155 -- Intimidation in the Second Degree - https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/166.155
If you have been the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you have been the victim of a different bias crime and the suspect is no longer present, such as vandalism or graffiti, please call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
To learn more about bias crime investigations, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/423009
The Bureau has several community advisory groups and outreach opportunities for community members and police officers to come together. Advisory groups include the Portland Muslim Community Police Council, the Alliance for Safer Communities, the African American Advisory Council, and the Slavic Advisory Council. To learn more about these advisory groups and the Bureau's commitment to the Portland community, please visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30379
Additionally, the City of Portland is a partner in Portland United Against Hate, which is a community initiated partnership of Community Based Organizations, Neighborhood Associations, concerned communities and the City. To learn more, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/72583
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