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(15,265 posts)
Sun Oct 17, 2021, 06:59 AM Oct 2021

Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos


"PORTLAND, Ore. -- A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage – but police officers didn't stop them.

Portland Police Bureau officials say that's because of legislation passed by Oregon lawmakers this year, which restricts the tools they can use to confront people vandalizing buildings and causing mayhem"
"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 said in a neighborhood meeting Thursday."
"However there is an exception – when the circumstances constitute a riot and if the officer using the chemical incapacitant reasonably believes its use is necessary to stop and prevent more destructive behavior."
"On Tuesday, police say 35 separate locations were targeted — including banks, retail stores, coffee shops, and government buildings.

Authorities say although police did not directly intervene, officers did give direction to disperse over a loudspeaker and a Mobile Field Force moved in, at which point the crowd splintered."
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Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos (Original Post) CentralMass Oct 2021 OP
When did the Portland cops move to Keystone? TreasonousBastard Oct 2021 #1
They are mad about the efforts to rein in some of their actions captain queeg Oct 2021 #2
The city council and DA are getting the police force that they want. CentralMass Oct 2021 #3
Might they not try Handcuffs. Historic NY Oct 2021 #4

captain queeg

(11,038 posts)
2. They are mad about the efforts to rein in some of their actions
Sun Oct 17, 2021, 07:29 AM
Oct 2021

They are going to show, whoever they are mad at, by standing around with their thumbs up their ass.

Historic NY

(37,597 posts)
4. Might they not try Handcuffs.
Sun Oct 17, 2021, 11:26 AM
Oct 2021

1 officer for every 722 residents. Perhaps all the specialized cops should be hitting the streets...instead of riding desks.

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