‘We’re out’: Portland Police Association announces relocation of building due to being the target of arson and vandalism this past year

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PORTLAND, OR- On Tuesday, June 8th, Portland Police Association (PPA) Executive Director Daryl Turner announced that the association has relocated from its longtime office in the Kenton neighborhood.

In a Facebook post, Turner announced that after becoming the target of vandalism and arson for more than a year, it was time for the city’s police union to move. The union reportedly moved into the office on North Lombard street six years ago. Turner wrote:

“The neighbors welcomed us and were glad to have the police union and police cars there. The community supported us and dropped by to say hello. We opened a Rest Stop for officers, so they had a place to come have lunch, use the restroom, and write reports. Time and time again we heard from folks that they felt safer in the neighborhood and were thankful to have things cleaned up.”

However, tensions flared outside the PPA building multiple times throughout 2020 as anti-law enforcement protests at times turned into violent riots where the building was subjected to graffiti, projectiles, and fires.  Turner wrote:

“As our building became the target of vandalism and arson last summer, there were several times that our neighbors helped paint over vile and vulgar graffiti scrawled across the outside walls and picked up trash and garbage.”

Turner said that as the rioting continued to escalate at the PPA building, the community became more and more at risk. He wrote:

“At the most recent arson incident, a neighbor stood on the sidewalk with a water hose trying to put the fire out just before first responders arrived. It went too far and it was time to find another location. We have since moved out and relocated. The Lombard building will be repaired and at at later date, put on the market to sell.”

Concluding his post, Turner thanked the community and business owners located near the building. He wrote:

“We want to take this opportunity to thank the North Portland and Kenton community and particularly the business owners located adjacent to the building. We appreciate their support and patience over the last year. We thank them for their tolerance and we hope that with our relocation, they can have some peace.”

In its most recent incident, on April 12th, a riot was declared after a group of about 100 people blocked traffic, lit fires, and shot fireworks. Officers arrested one person, 19-year-old Alma Raven-Guido, who was charged with second-degree arson.

Police stated that she was in possession of bottles of “probable accelerant” and lighters, along with a crowbar and spray paint. The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damages to the building. The PPA building was unoccupied, but several homes are located nearby. 

Turner would not divulge where the union office has relocated, citing safety concerns. The move was made to avoid further disruption to the North Portland neighborhood. 

Portland is not the only city seeing violent riots destroying their police department buildings and headquarters. Around the same time as the last riot to target the PPA building, protesters in Ohio were able to get inside of the Columbus Police headquarters. 

The violence started after a gathering at Mayme Moore Park for a vigil and balloon release. Police Sgt. James Fuqua said that the vigil was peaceful until the group went to the police headquarters, where some people became aggressive. 

Fuqua said that the protesters pepper-sprayed at least one officer and that a sergeant suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was hit with a stick during the incident.

In Dallas, around the same time period, two civil rights groups joined forces to call for action in front of the police headquarters. A few dozen people showed up in front of the headquarters building. 

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Here we go again: Portland rioters set fire set near Justice Center, attack police with mortars and spikes

May 27th, 2021

PORTLAND, OR – Portland Police wound up declaring a riot on the evening of May 25th after a group had gathered in the downtown area and set into motion various acts of vandalism while also setting fire to a dumpster near the Justice Center that evening.

According to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau, two separate gatherings had occurred on the evening of May 25th, with one being a peaceful demonstration that started at around 5:30 p.m. at Revolution Hall and lasted about 90 minutes.

However, police say that slightly before 8:00 p.m., a different group had assembled in the area of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street. By approximately 8:45 p.m., the second group that had amassed in downtown Portland started blocking traffic.

This group, which police described as “wearing helmets and carrying gas masks, backpacks and tote bags,” had pushed a dumpster against the side of the Justice Center building and started a fire inside of the dumpster at approximately 9:21 p.m., with people from the crowd reportedly chanting to burn the building down.

The press release from the PPB noted that the malefactors within the crowd were “holding umbrellas to obscure their actions and movements,” with at least two people reportedly trying to pry open the doors on the north side of the Justice Center building.

Shortly thereafter, police had declared the gathering to be unlawful assembly.

According to the press release, officers were reportedly attacked by members of the crowd while police were trying to give space for Portland Fire and Rescue to tend to the dumpster fire:

“Officers moved toward the crowd to create space for Portland Fire and Rescue to safely enter the block to put out the dumpster fire against the building.

People threw frozen water bottles, glass bottles, eggs and metal spikes at officers and fired mortar-style fireworks at officers. People tore down fencing around Chapman Square Park and used fence segments to block Southwest 4th Avenue near Southwest Main Street.”

As officers were clearing the metal spikes that littered the street so that firefighters could reach the dumpster to extinguish the fire, members from the crowd continue to launch their attack against police officers.

Once the fire was successfully extinguished and firefighters were away from the scene, police deployed smoke canisters and then left the area.

Police officials say that the crowd had continued to block the intersection of Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Main Street, with people within the crowd beginning to incite others to start roaming through the city and destroying property.

Add approximately 9:51 PM, the crowd of roughly over 200 people began making their way toward City Hall where miscreants within the crowd broke windows out along the way.

As various acts of vandalism continued to be enacted from bad actors within the crowd, police declared “the violent and tumultuous conduct of the crowd a riot and gave directions to disperse.”

The press release stated that after directions to disperse were administered, the crowd continued to walk through the downtown area and shattered windows and damaged property at various commercial businesses.

This crowd reportedly began to dwindle slowly, with the PPB saying by “midnight the crowd was down to about a few dozen people milling around.”

Reportedly five people were arrested during the riot, which the individuals were identified as follows:

Elizabeth Hall mugshot
Elizabeth Hall – MCSO

30-year-old Elizabeth Hall – Criminal Mischief II

Emery Hall mugshot
Emery Hall – MCSO

30-year-old Emery Hall – Criminal Mischief II, Escape III

Rhiannon Millar-Griffin mugshot
Rhiannon Millar-Griffin – MCSO

23-year-old Rhiannon Millar-Griffin – Criminal Mischief I, Riot

Jacob Myers mugshot
Jacob Myers – MCSO

22-year-old Jacob Myers – Criminal Mischief I

Jarrid Huber mugshot
Jarrid Huber – MCSO

21-year-old Jarrid Huber – Arson I, Criminal Mischief I, five counts of Criminal Mischief II , Riot

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Considering the sort of riots that Portland is subjected to on a continuous basis, it’s hardly a surprise to hear that 75% of the city’s residents do not support any defunding of the police. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on that recent poll. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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PORTLAND, OR – Nearly one year since the “defund the police” movement began, a new poll has revealed that nearly 75% of Portland residents stated they do not support defunding the city’s police force. 

According to a recent poll commissioned by The Oregonian, three-fourths of Portland-area residents said that they do not want to see policing in the city dip below its current levels, with a several stating that they support an increase in police.

From April 30 to May 6, 2021, DHM Research conducted a survey of 600 residents in the Portland metro region. The survey consisted of 600 adult residents in the Portland metro region with half of them in the city of Portland.

When asked in the survey, “Do you think downtown Portland is more or less safe than it was 12 months ago?” 42% of those survey said that it is “much less safe” and only two percent stated it was “much safer.”

Fewer than a quarter of survey participants in Portland and even less among suburban residents, believe that there should be fewer police officers. This important findings coming as activists and some civic leaders in Portland continue to demand further reductions in the police force.

Survey participant Brandon Lane, 61, said that it makes sense to beef up the city’s police force amid a large spike in shootings, a homelessness and addiction crisis, and a downtown battered by a pandemic and months of destructive protests.

Lane stated:

“I’m not sure that it needs to be drastically higher,  but if we defund or reduce the headcount any further, we’re likely to be inviting bigger problems.”

Fox News reported that the poll found that in addition to 75% of respondents who disapprove of the city’s handling of the homelessness situation, 68% also stated that they are not happy with how protests and riots have been handled.

Residents surveyed about the city’s downtown said that they plan to visit less frequently, mainly citing the homelessness and rioting that has plagued the area for nearly a year.

Respondents to the poll used words like “dirty,” “trash,” “riots,” and “unsafe” to describe the heart of the city, which appears to have deteriorated during the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest of the past year.

Downtown Portland, once a cultural and tourist center, is now filled with homeless tents, smashed windows, graffiti, trash, and boarded-up businesses. 

The city has yet to quell continued destruction caused by smaller groups who go through the city purporting to demonstrate for racial justice, smashing windows, and tagging buildings in the process.

Residents also expressed frustration with the apparent lack of arrests related to the destruction. Respondent Laurie Lago, 75, who lives near where the protests have been centered, said:

“There seems in the last year to be this permission to do violence.”

In response to the survey results, Daryl Tuner, the executive director of the Portland Police Association, the union that represents the city’s rank-and-file officers, said:

“Residents want to be safe and protected and they don’t have that feeling right now.”

He added that City Council trimmed the police budget by $15 million during summer 2020. He stated:

“This message is clearly not being heard by Portland’s elected leaders, who only listen to those who talk the loudest.”

After the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office refused to file charges against many of the rioters arrested for assaulting police and destroying property during 2020, federal prosecutors stepped up at the urging of then-President Donald Trump and filed charges against 97 suspects.

However, under President Joe Biden’s administration, 58 of those cases have been deferred or outright dismissed. Felony assaults on federal officers were the nexus for 16 of the 31 deferred cases.

Seven suspects plead guilty, but reportedly, only one will serve any prison time. Former acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chard Wolf, said in a statement:

“It’s offensive to all the men and women who risked their lives in Portland for 90 to 120 days or even longer in some cases, being attached night after night after night.”

In 2020, when the city cut $15 million from the Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) budget, the move did away with school resource officers, the Gun Violence Reduction Team, and the Transit Division Program.

The Gun Violence Reduction Team was later brought back to help combat the surge in gun violence, but there was no additional funds to help support it.

In the meantime, city lawmakers dumped $6 million into adding 24 unarmed park rangers to patrol neighborhoods and parks as well as to help fund community organizations seeking to address violence in the community.

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