Critics slam Portland officials after defunded police stood down during riot that caused $500k in damage

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PORTLAND, OR- Another day, another riot in the shithole known as Portland, Oregon, where the once beautiful Pacific Northwest city continues to fade into a distant memory.

This week, the city was once again overrun by criminal thugs, which sadly has become the regular course of business in the city. All of this comes about after city officials have effectively tied the hands of their police department.

ABC News reported:

“A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon—smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage—but police officers didn’t stop them.”

According to officials with the Portland Police Bureau, the lack of response by the agency is directly the result of legislation passed by Oregon legislators, which have effectively hamstrung them from using the appropriate response to such widespread anarchy.

“The reason that we did not intervene goes back to what we talked about last month with House Bill 2928 and the restrictions placed on us in a crowd control environment,” Portland Police Lt. Jake Jensen told a neighborhood meeting last week, as reported by KOIN.

That response led some Portland residents, including a woman named Linda Witt if that meant it was now anything goes in the city.

“Does that mean we are now like a lawless city?” she asked, to which Jensen replied those responsible can face consequences later on.

HB 2928 prohibits the use of typical crowd control devices such as pepper spray and rubber bullets for crowd control, with the exception being if circumstances constitute a riot and where the officer using the less than lethal option “reasonably believes” its use is necessary to stop and prevent more destructive behavior.

“The law clearly allows Portland Police to use effective tools necessary to control violent crowds,” House Minority Leader Christine Drazan told the AP last week. “However, activist attorneys are deliberately misinterpreting legislation to prevent police from intervening. They have no business putting law enforcement and the community at risk.”

Meanwhile, Sgt. Kevin Allen of the Portland Police Bureau said police were awaiting to get some clarity on the legislation, however until then they are following the most “restrictive interpretation” of it while it’s being analyzed by the city attorney’s office.

Part of the issue in Portland is you have anti-police nutjob JoAnn Hardesty as a member of the city commission who has made it her life’s work to hassle and interfere with the police bureau. Likewise, Mayor Ted Wheeler, who still finds himself employed as mayor as the city devolves into nightly chaos has proven to be a feckless leader.

ABC News said they reached out to Wheeler’s office for comment, however neither he nor lawmakers in the Democratic legislative caucuses of the legislature responded.

In last week’s riot, some 35 separate locations were targeted, including banks, retail stores, coffee shops and government buildings.

The riot have been a regular occurrence in Portland, escalating after last year’s overdose death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, blamed on a city police officer who was seen apparently kneeling on the side of Floyd’s neck as he lay prone on the ground, where he had asked to be placed.

At one point last summer, there were some 100 consecutive days of riots mostly centered in the vicinity of the federal courthouse. The violence which emanated from Floyd’s death has spiked the number of murders in Portland, which surpassed its previous record of 66 from 1987.

The latest anarchy in Portland drew the attention of the Twitterverse, which had a field day poking at the stupidity of the left:

“Progress, comrades!”

“We all get to watch a laboratory experiment of the Left’s vision for public safety.

 

“Portland Police…say that’s because of legislation passed by Oregon…which restricts the tools they can use to confront people vandalizing buildings and causing mayhem.”

 

“Doesn’t matter. Destroying property isn’t violence. Besides, these places have insurance. These people should be allowed to express their frustrations.

“Am I doing this right?”

 

“Where were the social workers?”

One poster reminded the Twitterverse about the ridiculous scene from last year, when Ali Veshi of MSNBC, standing in front of a burning building in Minneapolis, told viewers not to believe their eyes (basically) and defined it as a “mostly peaceful protest.”

In case you missed it:

As with Portland, other liberal cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago and others have seen police morale plummet in the wake of constant riots and lack of support from city and state officials. As police morale dropped, crime spiked as in cities such as Minneapolis police stopped conducting traffic stops and ceased to stop and detain suspicious individuals as politicians questioned their every move.

Statistics show that murders have spiked 16% in major cities thus far in 2021 compared to last year, according to the Council on Criminal Justice’s (CCJ) pandemic crime report.


 

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In case you missed it, the following explains why Portland is in so much trouble, with Mayor Ted Wheeler focused on matters such as this:

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PORTLAND, OR – Following the decision by a grand jury to not indict the officer who fatally shot a man in Lents Park this past April, Antifa rioters decided to engage in some “direct action” on October 1st – setting fires and committing various acts of vandalism.

While the city of Portland played host to rioters during the weekend, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced that his “work to be a feminist is not done”, capitalizing on the Women’s March.

On September 24th, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced that a grand jury had decided to not indict Officer Zachary DeLong regarding the April 16th fatal shooting of 46-year-old Robert Delgado.

The shooting happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. after Portland Police responded to calls about a man at Lents Park with a firearm. Delgado was roughly 90 feet away from officers when he was instructed to put his hands up and get on the ground.

Instead of complying, Delgado continued to yell at officers and produced what appeared to be a firearm. Officer DeLong fired at Delgado after he pointed the firearm at officers. However, following the shooting, the firearm that Delgado produced turned out to be a replica gun.

Nevertheless, based upon the circumstances of the shooting, the grand jury found no criminal culpability with the officer’s actions – which is reasonable when officers on scene during the incident clearly didn’t have the luxury of assuming Delgado was toting a fake gun from such a distance.

But in what has become the norm for Portland, Antifa militants sent out a rallying call on Twitter to “bloc up” and engage in “direct action” at the Multnomah County Justice Center (which the flyer referred to as the “injustice center”) on the evening of October 1st.

In typical fashion, rioters engaged in vandalism and arson in the name of “Justice for Robert Delgado”, with the deceased’s sister Tina even being photographed while reportedly leading chants that were parroted by Portland’s brand of black bloc miscreants.

Video was captured of a fire set in the middle of the street, with chants of “fuck 12” being captured.

Graffiti was also on the menu during the evening of October 1st, with the expected “Justice for (insert name)” being employed as well as anti-police slogans like “1312”.

City Hal was also targeted with instances of arson and vandalism, with video capturing a flag being set ablaze inside of the building as well as some sort of smoke bomb being set off inside as well.

And the day following the lawlessness that occurred in Portland, Mayor Wheeler decided to make an important announcement on Twitter about his excitement over the Women’s March. For those unaware, the Women’s March that was scheduled for October 2nd was a pro-abortion demonstration.

Without even acknowledging the criminal acts that occurred in his city the evening prior, Mayor Wheeler tweeted about the slated Women’s March and how he needs to work on becoming a better “feminist”:

“Today people from all over the country will participate in the Women’s March to mobilize and defend reproductive rights. I want to thank everyone for showing up and being heard at this critical moment in history. My full statement is available online.”

“My work to be a feminist is not done, there is more to learn and new ways to grow in my allyship. Now is the time to listen, learn and get involved. I am proud to be an ally in this fight for justice and I am proud to be a feminist.”

The irony is, Mayor Wheeler has mastered the craft of being able to garner critical responses from both the Left and the Right in his Twitter statements that tend to signal virtues associated with left-leaning politics.

Folks on the Left were critical of Mayor Wheeler by remarking on the use of tear gas during previous protests and riots in the city, considering he was advertising a march within the city of Portland and Antifa enthusiasts often frame their riots as being “marches” or “demonstrations”.

Those among the Right thought Mayor Wheeler’s comments were completely out of touch with what’s really of concern within the city – namely crime and riots that seem to play out with impunity.

Needless to say, Mayor Wheeler seems to get criticism on all fronts even in his attempts to pander to topics that typically align with those on the left-end of the political spectrum.

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Report: Home invader in Portland arrested after threatening officers with sword and axe

(Originally published September 30th, 2021)

PORTLAND, OR- According to authorities, a man has been arrested after allegedly breaking into a home in Portland and threatening responding officers with a sword and axe.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) stated that 20-year-old Chance T. Haylett broke into a home in the northeast part of the city on Saturday, September 25th, while brandishing a sword and several other bladed weapons. 

After witnessing Haylett trying to open doors and windows to the house, neighbors alerted law enforcement officers. Thankfully, the residents of the home were not present at the time of the attempted break-in.

Authorities stated that when officers arrived on scene, they encountered a hostile suspect. In the news release, police stated that Haylett became “combative, charing out the back towards officers on the perimeter while carrying a sword.”

Police were able to partially de-escalate the situation by firing a less-lethal foam-tip bullet at Haylett, but the suspect continued to threaten officers with the sword from a distance. At one point, Haylett hurled an axe and several other bladed weapons at the officers.

After firing another foam-tip bullet at Haylett, officers were able to move in and apprehend the suspect. In the press release, PPB stated that the officers “were able to utilize de-escalation skills, develop rapport, and convince the suspect to drop his weapons and surrender.”

Following the incident, Haylett was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Police found he had been in possession of 15 weapons, including a sword, an axe, several knives, and a slingshot.

Haylett has since been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of burglary in the first degree, criminal trespass in the first degree, criminal mischief in the first degree, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police reported that no one was injured during the altercation. The Macon Telegraph reported that Haylett was arraigned on Monday, September 27th and is being held on a $65,000 bond. However, jail records indicate Haylett made bail and was released on his own recognizance. 

According to the PPB, over the weekend of September 24th-26th, 16 shootings were reported. On September 24th, at 1:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to a report of shot fired in the 500 block of Northwest 21st Avenue. Three men had been shot. One died at the scene, one was transported by ambulance, and the other drove in a private vehicle to the hospital. 

On September 25th, at 6:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of North Sacramento Street and North Williams Avenue on the report of a shooting. A man associated to the incident was later admitted to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

At 5:20 p.m., on September 25th, officers were dispatched a shots fired that took place at the intersection of Northeast Fremont Street and Northeast Martin Luther Kind Jr. Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers discovered a juvenile shooting victim and immediately administered emergency first-aid. 

On September 26th, at 2:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Northeast Broadway on reports of multiple shots fired. Three adult victims, two women, and one man were found. They were all transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

At 8:28 p.m., on September 26th, officers were sent to a local hospital after a male shooting victim was admitted with non-life threatening injuries. The shooting is believed to have occurred in the 6200 block of Southeast Foster Street.

At 11:12 p.m., officers responded to the 12100 block of Southeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the reports of a shooting. They located an adult make suffering from a non-life threatening injury. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

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As crime explodes in police-defunded Portland, firefighters are to be fitted for ballistic vests

(Originally published September 28th, 2021)

PORTLAND, OR- In response to years of escalating crime, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) is fitting firefighters for ballistic gear and writing a policy for when crews would be required to wear it. 

According to reports, PF&R confirmed the city will be ordering 200 bulletproof vests in the near future. Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association, said that concern over criminal attacks among union members has increased in recent years. He added:

“First responders, as they go in, we can become targets. Even if you look at the totality of the city, it’s definitely become a less safe place to work for their firefighters. There’s not way to mince any words.”

KXL reported that Portland Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer Terry Foster said the move is a recommendation from its safety committee, adding:

“It’s nothing new. You’ve probably seen medics with AMR, they have them as well. It’s something we’ve talked about in the past, but it’s something we’re moving on now.”

While Foster said its just another piece of protective equipment for firefighters, he also admitted it is an ever-changing world, adding:

“I think times change and the landscape of the types of calls we go on change over time. I know when I came quite a while ago, this was not even thought about.”

The union and management have agreed that every Portland firefighter should get a ballistic vest, something to withstand a knife attack or bullet. Foster said:

“Our chief [Sara Boone] cares about our members and she does not want, on her watch, something like that to happen.”

Foster said the vests would be red and say “Medic.” At this point, it is unclear what the 200 vests will cost the city. Foster added:

“For us everything is about safety, so this is just another level of safety. You never know when it’s going to happen.”

In 2018, a man set fire to a home in Springfield, Oregon, then began shooting at firefighters who responded. In 2019, Portland Police said a man stabbed an AMR paramedic waiting at a red light during a carjacking. Ferscheweiler added:

“I’ve been assaulted twice on duty. It’s just become more of a dangerous time for first responders throughout the country.”

According to reports, other departments around the country have fitted firefighters with ballistic vests, including the Seattle Fire Department, who also equipped their entire on-duty staff with vests and helmets.

The San Francisco Fire Department has also issued ballistic vests to dedicated units.

Portland firefighters will not wear the vests to every call, but they will be available on all vehicles. This does not indicate that firefighters will now be taking on additional risks.

For example, when firefighter/medics respond to help a shooting victim, existing protocol mandates that PF&R wait until Portland police have secured a shooting scene before going in. Foster said introducing bulletproof vests to firefighters won’t change that. Foster added:

“We know our lanes. Until police secure the scene, we will not send members in.”

Union leaders said ultimately, the vests will be something firefighters will have, but hope they won’t need. Ferschweiler said:

“Unfortunately, it’s another tool we’ll put in the toolbox to make sure that our firefighters get home every day.”

Foster stated that it is unclear on the cost of the program as the Bureau is still in the beginning stages of the program and it will take several weeks before bidding for the vest start. 

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