Eight-time Portland Antifa riot arrestee pleads guilty to lesser federal crimes in sweetheart deal

Tracy Lynn Molina, a serial Portland riot arrestee, has pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to two violent protests in 2020.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA

Tracy Lynn Molina, a serial Portland riot arrestee, has pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to two violent protests in 2020.

A more serious charge of assault on a federal officer was dropped. The United States District Attorneys Office in Oregon recommended she be sentenced to "time-served" (a few hours of detainment) and a small fine.

Molina pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with a lawful order when she twice entered the property of the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement at violent protests on Oct. 20, 2020, and Dec. 6, 2020.

For most of 2020, Antifa rioters carried out violent protests and riots targeting a Portland federal courthouse, police stations and the ICE facility. Molina was originally charged with assaulting a federal officer at an Antifa riot on May 31, 2021, but the charge was dismissed in her sweetheart deal.

A far-left group is calling for comrades to show up to Molina's sentencing scheduled for the morning of Feb. 10 at the federal courthouse.

Promising transporation if necessary, PDXCourtSupport issued the call-to-action, saying "the community needs to come together for this brave and amazing person."

Molina—also known by her Indigenous name, Cozacachuatli "Tia" Chicome— had deleted her then-active Twitter account in October 2020, which had implicated herself posing with the toppled Teddy Roosevelt statue on the "Indigenous Day of Rage," when she was a participant of the mass vandalism in downtown Portland.

Among the multiple times she's been arrested at violent Antifa protests, Molina was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for interfering with a peace officer and disorderly conduct in the second degree at a September 2020 riot in the Kenton neighborhood. A Portland Police Bureau sergeant was assaulted and transported to a nearby hospital while at least five officers were sprayed by a chemical irritant that night. Molina was bailed out quickly.

A week prior, Molina was released without bail in mid-September 2020 after she was taken into police custody for resisting arrest, second-degree trespass, disorderly conduct in the second degree, and interfering with a peace officer at an unlawful assembly. A commercial-grade firework was thrown towards the Penumbra Kelly Building, landing near several police cruisers in the parking lot.

And just days before, Molina was arrested for interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct in the second degree at an Antifa caravan that blocked city streets in downtown Portland. She was again let go without bail.

During the August 2018 clash between Patriot Prayer and Antifa, Molina was arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct and attempted assault on a police officer. The Pacific Northwest Antifascist Workers Collective promoted a "Support Our Comrade" rally at City Hall for Molina's subsequent court appearance.

Correction: A previous version of this report incorrectly stated that Molina was federally charged after pleading guilty to assaulting a federal officer in May 2021. The article has been updated to reflect that Molina pleaded guilty to federal crimes related to 2020 protests and that the assault on a federal officer charge was dropped.


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