Rank-and-file members of the department aren’t happy either. “It’s beginning to get frustrating for the officers and hopefully members of the community are getting frustrated, as well,” Portland police Officer Derek Carmon told KGW. Crime in the liberal city has gotten worse over the past two years, especially after the death of George Floyd in May 2020. Because of this, Portland has seen its fair share of “defund the police” and other social justice movements. [firefly_poll] The coronavirus pandemic did not help matters either as citizens were told by the federal and state governments to coop up inside their homes for several weeks. Despite the City Council’s attempt to appease activists by cutting funding for the Portland Police Bureau in 2020, the city did not see a decrease in violence. In fact, continued violence forced the city council to add $5.2 million worth of funds back into the police department in November 2021, PBS reported. Just a month ago, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling led riotous protesters to damage local businesses. [ic_related] Last week’s incidents only added to this ongoing issue for the Oregonian city. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Officers are answering 911 emergency calls trying to help people. They deserve to go home at night to their loved ones. They deserve and need the community’s support as they continue to help make a difference in this city.— Chief Chuck Lovell (@ChiefCLovell) July 26, 2022