Multnomah County District Attorney Candidate Ethan Knight on decriminalizing homelessness and just treatment for all

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Tue, 05/12/2020 - 5:45pm to 6:00pm


The Multnomah County District Attorney is responsible for prosecuting offenders who violate state law, while upholding a balanced and fair administration of justice. On May 19th, Multnomah County voters will decide the next District Attorney of the county.

Ethan Knight is one of the candidates for the next DA. Knight has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for more than a decade, and previously served as Deputy District Attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. He has been recognized with some of the Justice Department’s highest awards for his work handling security cases during the Obama Administration, including by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. He currently serves as President of the Oregon Law Foundation.

He is endorsed by the Portland Police Association, Multnomah County Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, Portland Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 43, and Joint Council of Teamsters #37, and Portland Public Safety Action Coalition.

Knight spoke with KBOO’s Melissa Hood about decriminalizing homelessness and providing fair and just treatment to everyone that comes through the system, regardless of their economic or mental health status.

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