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Mon Jun 8, 2020, 09:11 PM

Portland names new police chief amid protests

The Portland Police Bureau chief announced her resignation Monday after six months on the job and 10 straight nights of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, CBS Portland, Oregon, affiliate KOIN-TV reports. Lieutenant Chuck Lovell, an African American man, will take over the role previously held by Jami Resch, effective immediately.

The Portland Police Bureau had been facing scrutiny over the lack of black leadership in its ranks. Three black civic groups addressed a letter to Resch, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Council commissioners to address the issue. Monday's announcement also came after a weekend of protests over Floyd's death, racial injustice and police brutality. In Portland, there were almost 100 arrests in recent days during the protests, KOIN-TV said.

"To say this was unexpected would be an understatement," Lovell said of Resch's resignation. "I told Chief Resch I would do everything in my power to help her during these challenging times."

Lovell also praised Resch's leadership as selfless, saying, "I don't know if I've worked directly for anyone who cares more for the people in our organizations or the people in the community."


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Mersky Jun 2020 #1

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Mon Jun 8, 2020, 10:13 PM

1. PDX's response to protestors: the beatings will continue until morale improves

In other words, ridiculously vindictive with the shit hitting the fan night after night. Their efforts to break the will of protestors at the fence around the justice center has not gone well.

Like those in Seattle, there’s been a daily standoff in Portland between the righteously angry protestors and the impudent policing/military authorities stubbornly wielding noxious power.

I hope the police chief resigning is some kind of a start to a new tack, but I remain skeptical. Real systemic reform is needed, not a reshuffling of the same brains that came up with recent methods deployed on Americans in Portland.

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