Officer Corey Budworth indicted with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday a grand jury had indicted Portland Police Officer Corey Budworth with one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree for alleged criminal conduct that happened during a protest downtown.
Budworth was accused of unlawfully causing physical injury to a person on August 18, 2020. Under Oregon law, “physical injury” is defined as impairment of physical condition or substantial pain.
“The indictment in State v. Corey Budworth stems from criminal conduct that is alleged to have occurred on August 18, 2020 near the Multnomah Building, located in the 500 block of Southeast Hawthorne Street in Portland, Oregon,” the DA’s office said in a release Tuesday. “At the time of this alleged incident, PPB Officer Budworth was assigned to the PPB Rapid Response Team.”
The identity of the complainant/victim was unknown to both law enforcement and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office until a civil lawsuit was filed on September 23, 2020 in U.S. District Court, according to the DA’s office.
No arraignment date is has been scheduled for the state’s case against Budworth.
The office added that it was continuing to investigate other cases of potential criminal conduct involving police use-of-force that occurred in 2020 during the protests, unlawful assemblies and riots last year.