2020 is going to be remembered for a lot of terrible things, all of them connected to Donald Trump. One of the more dubious standouts is the far-right, neo-fascist, and male-only domestic terrorist organization known as the Proud Boys, which promotes and engages in political violence in the United States and Canada. The Proud Boys dominated the news cycle over the summer as they engaged in violent behavior in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the country.
The Proud Boys have a large faction in the Pacific Northwest, a part of the country usually known for being a mostly laid-back and passive-aggressive region. But underneath that chill exterior lies the truth that Oregon was founded as a whites-only colony, and once anyone travels outside the Portland metro area in any direction will find themselves in very Red counties despite being in Blue states. Local law enforcement has been criticized for looking the other way whenever the Proud Boys roll through Portland, as they did last summer after a Trump Truck Rally in nearby Clackamas resulted in the stabbing death of a member of the left-leaning Antifa movement at the hands of a Proud Boy (who ironically was later shot and killed by state police while allegedly resisting arrest at his home in rural Washington)
Now one of the more prominent members of the Proud Boys who has been in prison since October is set to be released early. Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, a regular at Proud Boy rallies in Portland and Vancouver, Washington, is scheduled to be released from the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on Dec. 21.
After a judge issued a warrant for Toese’s arrest in June, Toese ventured to a Pro-Trump rally in downtown Portland in late August. After the rally, Multnomah County officials upgraded the warrant so Toese would be extraditable from other states. Days later, on Aug. 28, officials in Clark County, Washington, arrested and transported him to the jail in Portland, where he has been held since September 1. Toese violated his probation agreement that stemmed from a January 2020 conviction where he had pleaded guilty to assault after he punched a man on a sidewalk in Northeast Portland in 2018.
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Kathleen Dailey sentenced Toese, 24, to 181 days in jail Oct. 20 for violating his probation agreement by, among other things, leaving the state where he lived, Washington, without permission to attend a protest in Portland this summer. Toese’s sentence was reduced to 121 days with credit for time served during previous jail stints dating back to October 2019, plus an additional 30 days of “good time” credit for completing an in-custody work program.