Report: Longtime female prosecutor quits, cites far-left DA Schmidt’s ‘implicit biases and lack of leadership’

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PORTLAND, OR- According to a report from The Oregonian, a longtime Multnomah County prosecutor has resigned, citing District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s leadership or lack thereof and high workload. 

The prosecutor added that the officer’s progress as “been set back decades,” especially for women, under Schmidt’s tenure.

Amber Kinney, a veteran child abuse prosecutor who has handled some of the most serious and complex cases in the state’s largest district attorney’s officer, submitted a seven-page letter to Schmidt on Monday, January 10th, outlining the reasons for her resignation.

Kinney has reportedly been with the office for nearly 13 years and even though she has declined to talk publicly about her decision to quit, people briefed on her plans said that she quit her $178,505-a-year job without having other work lined up.

In her letter, she told Schmidt that she plans to stay through an upcoming child sexual abuse trial and that her resignation is effective after that. She wrote, in part:

“I was looking forward to partnering with you to implement some of the ideas you expressed in your campaign. However, the last 18 months have brought some aspects of your leadership and our office into clear focus.

Like all women, I have struggled to overcome gender biases my entire career … I was confident my priorities would align with yours and that gender discrimination would be further mitigated through your administration and your stated preference for diversity in leadership.”

Report: Longtime female prosecutor quits, cites far-left DA Schmidt's 'implicit biases and lack of leadership'

Kinney added:

“In the last year and a half, not only has the forward progress women made in our office ceased, but under your leadership women have been set back decades. I’m unsure whether this failure is due to intentional gender discrimination on your part, or whether your implicit bias is running unchecked.”

Schmidt released a statement through his spokesperson calling Kinney “an excellent attorney and an asset to this office.” He added:

“I am sorry to see her go under these circumstances.”

He did not address her claims individually but generally disputed them, saying he values “equity, transparency, and equal opportunity within our office.” He stated:

“Which is more representative, both in terms of gender and race, and ethnicity, than both the Oregon State Bar as a whole and the population of Multnomah County.”

He added:

“We are deeply committed to uplifting diversity at all levels. We apply these values to our everyday work from how we make decisions to how we treat the people that we work with and the communities that we serve.”

Kinney also wrote in her letter:

…”To the contrary, I believe change is long overdue and had hoped I would be part of the move into a more progressive, equitable, just and effective criminal justice system.”

Instead, Kinney, one of 77 lawyers in the office, said she saw a doubling of her workload in the past two years as well as the lack of advancement for women under Schmidt and no clear guidance for how he wanted Measure 11 cases to be handled.

Measure 11 refers to the most serious violent felonies, which carry mandatory minimum prison sentences. During his campaign, Schmidt said that he opposed mandatory minimum sentences and that he would work to repeal Measure 11. 

Amity Grit, who was a supervisor in the office until she resigned in September 2021 to take a job at a law firm, echoed Kinney’s complaint.

She, too, said lawyers did not receive consistent guidance from senior attorneys on which cases should result in prison sentences and how long sentences should be or which cases should get probation.

In an interview on Wednesday, January 12th, she said:

“It felt a little bit like the Wild West frankly trying to figure out where things should land when Mike Schmidt took over.”

Kinney also delved into how women have been overlooked for promotions, an issue that has plagued the office under past leadership as well.

She said that although the make-up of lawyers is 50-50 men and women, five of the six top mangers are men. In middle management, only four of 20 people in supervisory positions are women.

She said that nearly 90 percent of the most experienced attorneys who handle the most complex cases, but don’t supervise staff are women and Kinney is among them. She said:

“This is a glass ceiling.”

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Armed car jacker shot and killed by cops in police-defunded Portland repeat offender with long record of violence, drug use

December 18th, 2021

PORTLAND, OR – Brandon Keck had been racking up charges and convictions in Oregon and Washington for the better part of a decade.

Home invasions, armed carjackings, and impersonating police are just a few of items found on his record. He was out on pre-trial release on multiple charges.

Now, he is dead. 

He was shot last week after a home invasion and a string of carjackings in which police originally believed that he had shot a woman in one of the vehicles he stole. 

All of this as crime is on the rise in police-defunded Portland.  

A man trapped in the traffic caused by the carjacking was able to capture part of it on video, according to Oregon Live

“The fatal freeway shooting was the culmination of a violent crime spree that began after the suspect, identified by police Wednesday as Brandon L. Keck, stole a car during an armed home invasion in Northeast Portland, according to police.”

A white SUV was crawling in the wrong direction on I-5 when three officer approached the vehicle with their weapons drawn. The witness’ video catches 10 shots being fired, shattering the driver’s side window, the SUV coming to a stop. 

The man who captured the incident, identified only as Mark, told KGW 8:

“‘I kept an eye on the [police officers] and I was wondering what they were doing in the middle of traffic, getting out of their vehicle and parking their vehicle too in the left lane,’ said Mark, the viewer who got the video. 

He told KGW while at a standstill, he rolled down his window to see what was going on. 

‘At that point, they were eyeing somebody over in a lane past my car. They were kind of setting up to possibly aim at somebody,’ he said. ‘They had their guns out … and started saying stuff like, ‘do you have a line on the guy, are you gonna shoot him?’

That’s when he rolled up his window and began to record. 

‘As they were telling him to stop, he kept creeping forward. He was definitely moving forward still and not stopping, only going to two or three miles an hour, and then all of a sudden, they just started shooting into the driver side window.'”

The print version of the Mark’s quote, shown above, left out the part of the quote where he referred to the weapons as ‘automatic.’

Keck died at the scene. 

Report: Longtime female prosecutor quits, cites far-left DA Schmidt's 'implicit biases and lack of leadership'
Photo credit: Dave Killen, The Oregonian

Police have not indicated what led to the officer opening fire, and an investigation is under way. 

The officer who fired all the shots was placed on administrative leave. The six other officers present have been placed on critical incident administrative leave and should be back to work this week. 

“While we understand members of the community are shocked and saddened by what occurred, we must balance the need for transparency with the responsibility to provide accurate information, while protecting the integrity of the investigation,” Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said.

He was also recently alleged to have posed as an undercover police officer before holding a gun to the head of a 14-tear-old in an attempt to steal his motorcycle. 

The teenager was trying to sell the bike, and posted it on an app. Several days later, someone messaged him wanting to look at it. Keck was that individual.

He showed up wearing all black with a police-style vest. He showed the minor a fake police badge and was armed with a handgun. 

He is alleged to have told the youth that he was an undercover police officer who paid to recover stolen bikes. The owner tried to get on the motorcycle to leave, but Keck took the keys from the teen, pointed his gun to his head, forcing him off the bike and stole the boy’s iPhone after making him log into it so he could change the password. 

The victim told police that Keck had threatened, “If you don’t want anything to happen to your mom, then you tell nobody about this because I’ll come and kill your mom, your dog and your siblings.”

A warrant was issued for his arrest in connection to that theft.

 This past summer he was found passed out in his car on two different occasions, ramming a patrol car in one of the incidents. In one of those encounters he was found to be in possession of two weapons.

He was arrested on multiple charges including unlawful weapons possession and possession of a stolen weapon. He posted bail and was released. 

He was also arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and eluding police, but Multnomah County prosecutors declined to pursue charges. 

At the time of this incident, Keck was being sought by federal agents in connection to a fentanyl distribution case. Just two months ago, his mother’s home was searched by a multi-agency task force, but Keck was not home. The stolen motorcycle was recovered. 

A federal agent was able to speak to him by phone. The suspect only told him that he and police “were on different sides” and that he was not going back to prison. 

He was convicted in an armed home invasion in 2012. Residents of the home were bound, and three of them injured when they were assaulted by being struck with a rifle that the burglars were carrying. 

Police captured them outside the home. 

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After defunding the police, Portland’s mayor suddenly wants to spend millions to hire and equip more cops

PORTLAND, OR – The Portland Police Bureau has seen record numbers of police officers resign in the last year with no clear end in sight.

Now, instead of working on defunding the police agency he leads, Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is struggling to find officers to fill the agency’s ranks.

Since the death of George Floyd in 2020, the city of Portland, Oregon has been the site of numerous protests and riots, in some cases, on a nightly basis.

Those riots and protests were typically from Antifa members, Black Lives Matter, and others who were loudly calling for either anarchy, defunding of police, or both.

Sadly, many Democrat leaders in the city, including Wheeler, worked with those people and groups and defunded a large portion of the police department, and worked hard to make it more of a daunting task to use justified force by police.

Additionally, they worked to remove many different tools and techniques that police had been using to end the protests and riots.

Now, they seem surprised that their agency has the lowest number of police officers the city has seen since 1989. The agency has a total of 531 police officers that are trying to keep pace with crime trends and make the community safe, which is an extremely difficult task as crime, specifically violent crime, is rising to record numbers.

The Portland Police Bureau reported that their homicides have also increased over the course of the last year. They reported that there have been a total of 77 homicides as of November 8th, the most ever reported in the city’s existence.

Between violent crime increasing, homicides, shootings, robberies, etc., police find it difficult to keep track of and control non-emergency calls for police service.

That means that victims of burglaries, vehicle thefts, and other types of property crimes see a significant decrease in response times from police officers to work their cases.

In a breakdown provided by KOIN, of the 531 sworn police officers that are among the Portland Police ranks, 57 are currently in training and 343 officers are assigned to patrol duties.

Investigative Divisions in the agency only have a total of 131 detectives working cases which include child abuse, narcotics, homicides, etc.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, one of the more vocal commission members who had been calling for the defunding of the police department, was reported as saying in May:

“The police have a role, but their role is simply to solve crime. Their role is not to prevent crime, their role is not to intervene in other community activities. A response to gun violence should not be a knee-jerk reaction. As you know, we intentionally cut very specific programs in PPB’s budget during the last budget process because those programs had racially disparate outcomes.”

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However, since then she seemingly has had a change of heart, according to KOIN. They report that she spoke to Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell in October about the lack of police officers in the city. She said:

“I’m open [to hiring officers]. I think if we’re going to rehire former officers, we need to have some criteria. [To ensure] that we don’t bring back officers who’ve, who were part of the 6,000 use-of-force complaints from last year, that we don’t bring back officers who retired in lieu of being investigated.”

Another city commissioner, Mingus Mapps, is concerned about the number of officers that are considering retiring instead of staying on with the police department. If those 40 officers decide to call it quits and move on, that would pull the number of officers almost down to 500.

Mapps is hoping that the commission will be able to develop a plan to keep those officers in the police department instead of losing anymore. He is in fear that if the number of officers in the city keeps decreasing that the agency will be no longer able to operate. He said:

“I have no idea how the city of Portland functions with a police bureau that small.”

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‘Re-fund the police!’ Poll reveals that Americans’ opinions on defunding the police have changed drastically

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Tuesday, October 26th, the Pew Research Center released a new poll that revealed that Americans’ opinions on defunding the police have changed drastically since 2020. 

 

The share of adults who say spending on policing in their area should be increased now stands at 47 percent, up rom 31 percent in June 2020.

That data includes 21 percent who say funding for their local police should be increased a lot, up from 11 percent who said the same thing during summer 2020. 

The poll also reported that support for defunding the police has fallen significantly with 15 percent of adults now saying spending should be decreased, down from 25 percent in 2020. Additionally, only 6 percent now advocate decreasing spending a lot, down from 12 percent who said the same in 2020.

At the same time, 37 percent of adults now say spending on police should stay about the same, down from 42 percent in 2020. 

The survey found that black Americans and Democrats have changed their opinion on reducing police spending for local law enforcement more than white, Hispanic, or Republican adults.

According to the survey, the share of black people polled who advocate decreasing police spending in their communities dropped 19 percentage points, from 42 percent to 23 percent between June 2020 and September 2021.

 

Pew Research said that number included a 13-point drop in the share who said funding should be decreased a lot, from 22 percent in 2020 to nine percent in 2021. According to reports, the poll showed that the most notable drops in support were among black adults and people age 18 to 49. 

Both of those demographics had plurality support when Pew asked the same question in June 2020 about police funding.

The survey also showed the share of Democrats who think local police funding should be decreased dropped similarly from 41 percent in June of 2020 to 25 percent now.

The survey showed that black and Hispanic Democrats were more likely than white Democrats to advocate for increased spending on police in their area.

The Pew poll showed 38 percent of black Democrats surveyed and 39 percent of Hispanic Democrats polled wanted to actually increase spending on their local police. However, only 32 percent of white Democrats wanted to see an increase in spending on police in their area.

Pew said there was no significant difference in race or the ethnicities of those who advocated for decreased spending on police. Sixty-four percent of white Republicans and 53 percent of Hispanic Republicans support increasing spending on local police.

 

Pew Research Center said its poll showed that the age gap in views on police funding has widened in the past year, mainly because “views have shifted more dramatically among those ages 50 and older.”

The share of adults 50 and older who want to increase police spending has jumped 22 percentage points, from 37 percent to 59 percent, since June 2020. However, the share of adults under 50 who want to increase police spending only increased by 10 percent, from 26 percent to 36 percent.

The research indicated that there is a drop in support for defunding police in both age groups. The survey results said:

“Both age groups have see a drop-off in support for reduced spending on local police. These age patterns are similar among white and black adults, as well as across parties.”

Pew’s latest research found:

“Americans’ changing attitudes about police spending in their area have occurred amid rising public concern about violent crime.”

Sixty-one percent of adults said violent crime was a “very big problem in the country today” in July, up from 58 percent in April 2020. In June 2020, only 41 percent of adults said crime was a “very big problem.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

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