Group of patriots that publicly humiliated Antifa go all-in for Portland police: ‘We’ve got your six’

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PORTLAND, OR – Longtime Portland resident and activist Chandler Pappas has a positive message for the beleaguered Portland Police Department on behalf of police supporters and patriotic Americans.

Pappas came to widespread public attention, especially in the Pacific Northwest, when he and a group of fellow patriots removed a statue dubbed the “Nightmare Elk” from its location in downtown Portland in October of 2020.

According to Oregon Live, this “makeshift metal elk” was created by an unknown artist to replace a 120-year-old elk statue that was removed by the city after rioters targeted it with fires and graffiti.

The Portland Tribune notes that the “Nightmare Elk” sculpture was “presumably” placed in Portland by “protest supporters.”  Oregon Live reports that a Twitter account called “PDX Frontline Alerts” claimed that the statue was a “memorial for Black victims of police violence.”

Pappas and his cohorts removed the statue, dressed it in Trump decor, and took it on a flatbed to a pro-Trump drag-the-interstate event, documenting their prank on social media.

Saying that the group was “having fun,” Pappas described their actions as “a little push back to Antifa.”

A Portland Police Bureau spokesman stated that no one reported the incident as a theft.

Pappas has been involved in many protests in opposition to widespread leftist violence and anti-police riots over the past year in the Pacific Northwest, marching alongside fellow patriots, and helping to protect store owners from looting and violence.

Although Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has declined to prosecute Antifa and BLM rioters, Pappas has not received similar dispensation from Marion County for his own protest activity.  He has been indicted on several charges following an unlawful assembly event at the Oregon Capitol building.

While awaiting trial, he has relocated to Arizona, but his heart is still in the Pacific Northwest, and with Portland police.

He told us:

“I’m somebody who is anti-Antifa and pro-police.  I want my freedom.  I want order restored to the street, and I’m somebody who is willing to take action.”

Pappas added:

“I know a lot of guys [on the force] who have quit and a lot of guys who have been struggling in Portland with everything that’s been going on.  They’ve been handcuffed, metaphorically, their resources are completely restricted.  

“There are so few things that they can actually do, and it puts them in danger.  

“And when people are just mocking them and assaulting them day in and day out, I think it would be hard to remember that 99 percent of America, 95 percent at least, really wants to see order restored.”

Pappas’ sympathies for the Portland Police Bureau have especially been triggered lately in the wake of the actions of Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt against Rapid Response Team member Corey Budworth, in connection to a riot response last year.

As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, on the night of August 18, 2020, Antifa militants hurled a Molotov cocktail into the County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters. 

Heavily outnumbered, the Rapid Response Team, tasked with riot and demonstration response, sought to gain control of the situation.

In the melee, Response team Officer Budworth struck a protester with a baton in the head.

Budworth stated that the strike was accidental, and an independent investigation cleared him as compliant with use-of-force policy.

Nevertheless, in a move that the Portland Police Union called “politically-driven,” the district attorney’s office indicted Budworth on one count of fourth-degree assault.

In a show of solidarity and support for Budsworth and against the actions of the D.A., the 50 members of the Rapid Response Team voted unanimously to resign their positions on the team.  They will continue to be employed by the Portland Police Bureau.

Regarding this mass resignation, Pappas told us:

“Generally I just want police to know that we support them in stepping up against people like Mike Schmidt, people like that D.A.”

He continued with the following message for the Portland Police Bureau, which he believes speaks for at least 95 percent of the country:

“To the men and women of the Rapid Response Team in Portland, the bell has not rung for you.  We the people recognize and appreciate, beyond what words could express, the sacrifice that you have made today, as well as the innumerable sacrifices and hardships you endured and persevered through over the last year.

“We the people acknowledge that heart is required to make such a bold and brave statement in the face of the adversity that are the policy makers in Portland, which have had your resources restricted, your courage mocked, and now your jobs and even freedoms put in jeopardy.”

He went on to add:

“It is choice that makes a man, it is by choice that you sit behind a badge, by choice that you took up a fight every single time it was called upon you to do so, and it is by choice that you have embraced the agency that you were endowed with, by choice that you stand in line with your brothers and sisters, and by choice you have boldly disregarded the demands of the corrupted office in Portland, and once again you have chosen the righteous path before you.

“It is held in the highest order of importance to those of us who would see peace and order restored to the streets, that you know in your hearts that we the people have your back.”

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Portland Police Department’s entire Rapid Response Team resigns following indictment of officer

June 17, 2021

PORTLAND, OR – The Portland Police Bureau’s Rapid Response Team, the unit responsible for policing protests in the city, voted unanimously to resign on Wednesday during a meeting with the police union.

This follows the criminal indictment of an officer for assault stemming from a riot in August 2020.

The Rapid Response Team, a group of police officers that volunteer for the post, is deployed to respond to riots, civil unrest, and demonstrations in Portland.

Response team Officer Corey Budworth was indicted this week for alleged excessive force used during a riot last year.

A second Rapid Response Team member, Det. Erik Kammerer is being investigated by the Oregon Department of Justice over similar allegations.

On the night of August 18, 2020, Antifa militants threw a Molotov cocktail into the County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters as the Rapid Response Team struggled to contain the riot. Officer Budworth was using a baton to hold back rioters when he struck a female in the head.

Officer Budworth struck activist photographer and rioter Teri Jacobs with the baton in the head from behind, then again as she fell to the ground. Video of the incident spread through social media.

The officer stated the strike was accidental, and the use of force was cleared by an independent investigation as being within use-of-force policy compliance.

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt disagreed and his office indicted Officer Budworth this week on one count of fourth-degree assault.

 

The Portland Police Union said the prosecution of Budworth was “politically-driven”:

“Unfortunately, this decorated public servant has been caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system.”

Portland Police Association Executive Director Daryl Turner told the Lars Larson Show, a local radio program, that he was concerned officers would resign because of the prosecution, which he called a “witch hunter.”

A source within the Portland Police Bureau told The Post Millennial that Officer Budworth’s indictment was a blatant attempt to “hold police accountable” despite the victim not coming forward on her own accord. The source said that an attorney observed the video online and approached Jacobs about pressing charges.

A Portland officer said that the resignations from the response unit leave the city unprepared, even as massive demonstrations are once again planned for the upcoming weekend:

“Now that the riot team is no more, we have no clue what’s going to happen. We don’t have enough patrol officers to be pulled from the road to handle huge crowds. We are only backups with no gear like the riot team has.”

District Attorney Schmidt has consistently refused to charge rioters in Portland while focusing on police actions. His office announced in August 2020 that his office will not prosecute many protesters who have been arrested during Portland “demonstrations.”

Schmidt said:

“As prosecutors, we acknowledge the depth of emotion that motivates these demonstrations and support those who are civically engaged through peaceful protesting.

“We will undermine public safety, not promote it, if we do not take action to bring about immediate change.”

Prosecutors will scrutinize the cases of protesters accused of resisting arrest or assaulting a public safety officer and consider “the chaos of a protesting environment, especially after tear gas or other less-lethal munitions have been deployed against community members en masse,” the district attorney’s office said in a news release.

By the end of May, Schmidt’s office had rejected almost three-quarters of the 1,057 protest-related arrests referred by police.

While not prosecuting protesters, the DA is reviewing incidents in search of other officers to indict. After announcing the indictment of Officer Budworth, Schmidt said that several other use-of-force incidents are under review:

“We have looked at multiple cases already and I think there are still several more that we’re continuing to look at.”

Schmidt asserted that Officer Budworth’s case was not unusual, implying that other officers may be charged:

“This is one case of multiple that we’re looking at and have looked at. So, it’s not necessarily an outlier that way.”

Schmidt commented on the findings of the Portland Police Association that Officer Budworth followed proper procedures and training:

“If that’s true, I think that is problematic. We can’t be training officers to do things that violate criminal law.”

Schmidt also admitted during an interview with OPB’s Think Out Loud that his prosecutors are actively reaching out to “victims” observed on videotapes of police responses to gather complaints against officers because he claims it is hard to determine harm or injury from watching a video:

“I can’t say specifically how many we’re looking at, but when people are interested in reporting and there’s evidence there, we review it and decide whether or not to go forward.”

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