Being on opposite sides of a political issue can make us think really badly about a person. Depending on where you land on the political spectrum, you might be emersed in the idea that Hillary is compassionate and empowering and President Trump is money hungry and self-serving. Or, you might consider Hillary to be a power-hungry pathological liar, and President Trump to be a much-needed dose of reality for Washington politicians.
Hopefully, no matter what you think about the politicians of today, you are still holding onto your sense of urgency about keeping the innocent safe. No matter how much we disagree on method, we’re supposed to all be working toward the same goal of peace and safety. Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way, no matter how much they claim to be working for justice.
It was recently discovered that one of the leaders of the Portland chapter of the group Black Lives Matter was guilty of some pretty bad stuff, including being a registered sex offender. His crimes were against both girls and boys, and he is finally about to be taken off the streets.
According to Oregon Live, Micah Rhodes could be in prison for several years:
“A Washington County Circuit Court jury on Friday found Portland activist Micah Rhodes guilty of second-degree sexual abuse of an underage girl.
The jury’s 10-2 verdict came after a 1.5-day trial. Rhodes, once a prominent organizer of Portland’s Resistance, is now 24
He was 20 at the time he had sex with the girl in January 2014. Her age isn’t listed in court papers, but investigators said she was younger than 18 then and unable to consent because of her age.
Rhodes will be sentenced in May. Oregon sentencing guidelines recommend a prison sentence ranging from about two to two-and-a-half years, said Deputy District Attorney Andy Pulver, who tried the case.
He could face as many as five years in prison if the prosecution successfully argues that Rhodes’ felony was particularly egregious. Judge Janelle Wipper also could decide to give him probation.
Rhodes was frequently seen at marches and sitting in on meetings at Portland City Hall. He also was a leader of Portland’s Resistance, a group that formed after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016. He helped organize people during night after night of protests immediately after Trump’s victory.
He was charged in the Washington County in February 2017.
He is scheduled next week to go to trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court in a separate case.
Rhodes faces accusations that he had sexual contact with a 17-year-old boy when Rhodes was 20 or 21 in Gresham and in Troutdale.
Court papers say Rhodes met the boy on a gay dating app and that the boy wasn’t able to consent because of his age.
Rhodes faces four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.
Rhodes was on supervision by the Oregon Youth Authority for sexual abuse and sodomy at the time he was charged for alleged abuse in both counties, authorities say. Juvenile records aren’t public, so details of the earlier case aren’t available.
Rhodes had been required to register as a sex offender at the time he was charged in the Multnomah and Washington County [sic] cases.”
Rhodes heads up a movement that supposedly stands up for the weak and defenseless. However, his history with those who are under age might lead one to believe that he’s not really looking out for others as much as he is looking out for himself. As was mentioned previously, this case isn’t the first time Rhodes has been in trouble for his sexual escapades. Fox 12 Oregon reported last year on the similarity incident:
“Rhodes, 23, is facing sex abuse charges in Washington and Multnomah counties.
Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit said Rhodes had sexual contact with an underage boy in Multnomah County and an underage girl in Washington County.
Court documents state he met the 17-year-old boy via an app in 2015 and admitted knowing the age of the teen.
Court records show Rhodes was ordered to register as a sex offender out of Washington County dating back to 2009 when he was a juvenile.
Rhodes has been a leader and spokesman for numerous protests in Portland. He was arrested during a protest involving Portland students who walked out of class in November and again during a downtown protest in January.
Outside the courtroom Friday, Rhodes said that he had been at a rally and protest in downtown Portland on Thursday night for Quanice Hayes, the 17-year-old shot and killed by an officer after a report of a robbery.”
Maybe there are those who think that anyone can stumble, but the sheer number of incidents in Rhodes case points to a pattern of behavior. There are probably also going to be the people who think that it’s just not fair to judge a group by one bad apple, which is a fair point.
To that, we must answer that the character of the people are reflecting the character of the group. What does BLM stand for? Despite its catchy name, the group as a whole is a destructive and law-breaking organization. They seem to consider themselves above the law (just like Rhodes’ behavior would suggest) and they’re protesting for the right to be treated the way they want.
Not for their legal rights, and not for the rights of those whom they make their poster children. They’re trying to change the current laws because they don’t think they’re being treated correctly. Thankfully, despite their discontent with the state of our country, just because they think a law is wrong, doesn’t make it so. The laws still apply to everyone, even a BLM bigwig when they see a pretty child they want to act inappropriately with.