Portland defunds police, sees skyrocketing violence… then takes out ads telling people to visit the city

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PORTLAND, OR- In the last year, Portland has descended into nightly violent protests, anarchy, chaos, and madness; a path that the once vibrant city chose for itself.

Mayor Ted Wheeler was chased from his multi-million dollar home by Antifa and Portland’s Soros-backed District Attorney Mike Schmidt continues to let violent rioters out of jail night after night, freeing them to riot over and over, destroying their local businesses, police buildings, and federal buildings.

Decisions made by the mayor and city council actually handcuffed police from taking necessary actions to keep the city safe and even went as far as charging an officer for his actions during the riots. The entire Rapid Response Team (RRT) quit in protest of how Portland is ran from top to bottom. 

It took 18 months of steady abuse by rioters and leadership in the city of Portland for police to say no more.

As one retired Portland police detective said:

“If anyone did to a horse or a dog what has been done to PPB cops for 18 months, that person would have amassed hundreds of counts of felony animal abuse, but it’s perfectly OK to do it to cops, wholesale, and with an army of anarchist pals.”

Portland single-handedly destroyed its reputation for being peaceful and one-of-a-kind to being violent, dangerous, and even insurrectionist. And instead of replacing its awful elected leadership or backing its police to solve their problems, it bought a full-page ad in the New York Times to tell people they should really, truly visit Portland. 

They purchased the full-page advertisement in an attempt to repair its image and attract tourists following a tumultuous year of violent demonstrations.

Travel Portland purchased the ad, which is set to run through August to encourage overnight local hotel and short-term rental stays from leisure travelers from the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Reportedly, it is part of a campaign called “This is Portland.” Travel Portland also released a video featuring more than 20 Portland chefs, store owners, athletes, performers, and artists that is narrated with the same text written in the full-page Times ad.

As if videos of chefs and performers can replace videos of Antifa taking over the city night after night, setting buildings on fire night after night. The full-page ad undoubtedly leaves out events like what is show below:

The ad, written in a format resembling a poem, said, in part:

“This is Portland. You’ve heard a lot about is lately. It’s been awhile since you heard from us. Some of what you heard about Portland is true. Some is not. What matters most is that we’re true to ourselves.

“This is the kind of place where new ideas are welcome, whether they’re creative, cutting edge or curious at first glance. You can speak up here. You can be yourself here. We have some of the loudest voices on the West Coast and yes, passion pushes the volume all the way up. We’ve always been like this. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The ad signs off by saying:

“Come see for yourself. Love, Portland.”

The ad was launched just days after nearly 50 Portland Police Bureau officers resigned from their voluntary positions on the RRT over the indictment of Officer Corey Budworth, who prosecutors are alleging assaulted a photographer during an overnight riot in August 202o.

Portland Police Association, the union representing rank-and-file officers, stated that Multnomah District Attorney Mike Schmidt of failing to hold those rioters bent on destruction accountable, pointing out that at the time of the alleged assault, crowds of demonstrators with shields and dressed in black bloc attire tossed a Molotov cocktail at the Multnomah Building, setting it on fire.

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

June 17th, 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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Grand jury indicts Portland officer on assault charge for “legally excessive” use of force. Huh?

June 16, 2021

 

 PORTLAND, OR- A grand jury has indicted a Portland police officer on an assault charge that prosecutors allege was an “excessive and unlawful use of force” during a protest over summer 2020.

According to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, on Tuesday, June 15th, Portland Police Officer Corey Budworth was indicted on one count of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, stemming from the August 2020 incident.

At the time of the incident, Budworth was on the bureau’s Rapid Response Team, responsible for crowd control, and is accused of striking a woman in the head with a baton during the August 18, 2020 protest outside the Multnomah Building. 

According to reports, the indictment marks the first time a Portland police officer is facing prosecution for striking or firing at someone during a protest.

Court records show that the indictment accuses Budworth of “unlawfully, knowingly, and recklessly causing physical injury” to the woman, identified as Teri Jacobs. Jacobs alleges that Budworth “bashed her in the face” with his baton after he had already knocked her to the ground.

The police union is pushing back, characterizing the prosecution as politically driven and said that Budworth’s baton strike to the woman’s head was accidental and not criminal. The Portland Police Association said in a statement:

“We stand by our officer, truth, and justice.”

A steam of various videos from the night of the protest, that turned into an unlawful assembly, shows Budworth, who at the time was only identifiable by the No. 37 written on his helmet, hitting the back of the protester’s head with his baton. 

According to the video, the officer knocked the woman on the ground and struck her in the head with the baton again while she was on the ground. However, the Police Bureau found that the strike to the head was not intentional and therefore not considered lethal force.

Additionally, the Independent Police Review office reviewed the video and viewed the strike as a “push,” which was noted in compliance officer Dennis Rosenbaum’s report. Rosenbaum also stated that the video did not support either stance.

In Budworth’s case, prosecutors allege that he had no legal justification for his use of force. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt added in a statement:

“The deployment of force was legally excessive under the circumstances.”

Reportedly, after the incident, Jacobs filed a civil rights and battery suit against the city of Portland, “Officer 37,” and other unnamed officers in the U.S. District Court in Portland. According to court records, the city and Jacobs reached a settlement of the civil suit in spring 2021.

The city has agreed to pay her $50,000, plus $11,000 in attorney fees. On Monday, June 14th, Budworth testified before the grand jury. Jacobs and a police detective also testified earlier in the month.

Budworth has spent four of his six years on the force with the Police Bureau as a member of the specially trained Rapid Response Team, which does crowd control. In a statement, the Portland Police Association said:

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

On August 18th, 2020, police declared a riot outside the Multnomah Building after someone had launched a Molotov cocktail at the building, starting a fire. Budworth and other Rapid Response Team officers were told to clear the crowd away from the building and the fire.

According to the union, once moved, some in the crowd continued to march back to the building and again, the police crowd control team was told to disperse the crowd, which is when a “confrontation ensued.”

The union stated that Budworth used his baton to move Jacobs out of the area and that after Jacobs fell to the ground he made “one last baton push to try and keep her on the ground, which accidentally struck Ms. Jacobs in the head.” The union added:

“He faced a violent and chaotic, rapidly evolving situation, and he used the lowest level of baton force, a push; not a strike or a jab, to remove Ms. Jacobs from the area.”

On Tuesday afternoon, June 14th, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who also serves a police commissioner, said in a statement:

“I take this matter very seriously. As Mayor, I hold Portland Police Bureau members to a very high standard of professional conduct. Our city experienced over 170 days of protests following the murder of George Floyd and I also want to acknowledge that our officers faced great risk and protected our city in extreme conditions.”

 

 

 

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