Pilot program wasn’t supposed to include violations of sidewalk ordinance

Pedestrians only signThe Oregonian, Feb. 27, 2014

Multnomah County prosecutors started a pilot project with Portland police last summer to crack down on people who urinate in public, drink from open containers in public or litter.

The Chronic Offender Pilot Project was supposed to go like this:

An officer would give offenders of these three violations a written warning the first time. On second offenses, officers would charge people with interfering with an officer, a Class A misdemeanor. That would send them to community court, where they would do community service and/or treatment if they pleaded guilty. The charge would be dismissed if they successfully completed the sentence. If not, a warrant would be issued for their re-arrest, with a penalty of five days in jail….Continue reading at OregonLive.com