PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — David Davis was unanimously convicted of trespassing and smearing blood on an art display in Portland’s City Hall.
The 49-year-old received a 2-year bench probation sentence because the state believes jail time would not be as constructive.
“In this case, community service will actually be more of a deterrent, more effective and more productive than jail time,” said the Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney, Quinn Zemel.
This investigation goes all the way back to January 9 when Portland police responded to reports of a disturbance inside City Hall.
Davis had reportedly been using a camera to record a city council meeting and was repeatedly asked to turn off the camera’s light. When a security guard attempted to make him turn the light off, an audience member yelled out and Davis was removed by security.
While being removed, Davis suffered a small injury on his hand that began to bleed. Once he was out of the council chamber, he intentionally smeared his bloody hand across an art display, writing the letters “F,” “U” and “C.”
“It wasn’t just a wall that was damaged,” DDA Zemel said. “It was an art exhibit for the public. From the time when Mr. Davis painted his blood on the wall and until it was removed, the art was damaged. Its function to be visualized was inhibited.”
This was not the first time Davis had a run-in with the City Council. He was arrested back in 2016 for trespassing when he and 30 protestors refused to leave a City Council meeting.
Davis is ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and to undergo a mental health evaluation in addition to his probation.
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