Rep. Sprenger introduces riot crimes bill
February 5, 2020
Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio) has introduced a bill to increase penalties for riot crimes if a person is wearing a mask to conceal their identity during the commission of the crime.
“In recent years we have seen an alarming increase of violent riots in Oregon,” said Sprenger. “As a former sheriff’s deputy, I know how important it is for law enforcement to be able to accurately and swiftly identify those who are involved in inciting these riots and committing crimes.”
Former Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw called for a similar policy last summer following a series of violent riots perpetrated by groups like Antifa. With shrinking police resources, responding to riot events has become increasingly difficult throughout the state.
About 15 states and some local governments across the country have adopted some type of anti-mask law. The bill introduced by Sprenger would not out-law masks, but would increase penalties if a person is found to be concealing their face with the intent to riot.