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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Police officers serving with a specialised crowd control unit in Portland, Oregon, have resigned from their voluntary roles en masse after criminal charges were filed against a colleague over an altercation at a protest last summer. According to The Oregonian, officers on the Rapid Response Team voted to disband their unit during a meeting on Wednesday evening. The decision came a day after officer Cody Budworth was indicted, accused of fourth-degree assault after allegedly striking a protester with a baton in an incident last summer. According to The Associated Press, a team lieutenant called Seattle Police Chief Chuck Lovell to tell him team members, who serve voluntarily with the unit, had voted to resign. The decision reportedly came amid a perceived lack of support from Seattle City Hall and the district attorney over the past year.

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Totally agree with the resignations. When you are sent out to deal with this night after night, and then not backed up by those who sent you out- time to not go. Let the Mayor, council members or social workers deal with it.

#1 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2021-06-17 04:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 2

#1 - they put up with riots "night after night"? Gee, it sure is a well kept secret, disGracie.

#2 | Posted by jakester at 2021-06-17 04:46 PM | Reply

Why didn't they sack up and resign from the force altogether?

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-06-17 04:57 PM | Reply

I love it when they defund themselves.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-17 07:25 PM | Reply

These references to Seattle must be a typo. Police Chief Chuck Lovell is in Portland.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-17 07:27 PM | Reply

Not once, but twice!
Oh good god! Gracie's posting articles written by people with dementia!

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2021-06-17 07:30 PM | Reply

Gracie's posting articles written by people with dementia!

She writes them herself? Is that allowed?

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-06-17 07:54 PM | Reply

Their (Rapid Response Team use of force has led to multiple civil lawsuits in state and federal court, sanctions from a judge and now an indictment. Aside from Oregon State Police, few outside police agencies in the past year were willing to assist Portland in protest coverage.

So this "team" has a history of creating trouble. So bad that even police agencies outside Portland wouldn't assist them.

(Cody) Budworth marked the first Rapid Response Team officer to face criminal prosecution stemming from force used during a protest. He's accused of striking a woman, Teri Jacobs, in the face with a baton after knocking her to the ground on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard after a riot was declared near the Multnomah Building on Aug. 18.

I see. So when she was no threat, knocked to the ground, then he comes in a clubs her in the face?

The union criticized Budworth's prosecution as politically driven, and it contends Budworth's baton strike was "accidental," not criminal.

Oh, the Police Union says it was just an accident! Right...

www.oregonlive.com

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2021-06-17 08:45 PM | Reply

Bye!

Hire BLM to do their own protest security, deduct damage from the payment. Win Win.

#9 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-17 09:16 PM | Reply

If you need immunity to smash citizens with batons then maybe you should go flip burgers... we don't need you in law enforcement.

#10 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-06-17 09:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Buh bye!

#11 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-06-18 02:31 AM | Reply

This is a bad thing because ... ?

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2021-06-18 08:22 AM | Reply

Been wrong so long they feel besieged, just for one person being held accountable.

#13 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-06-18 06:22 PM | Reply

"This is a bad thing because ... ?"

A metropolitan community is now vulnerable to trumpists.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2021-06-18 07:33 PM | Reply

Gracieamazed has a stalker. Just an observation.

#15 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-18 08:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Did anyone see where the desirability of Portland in regards to development? Dropped from 8th to 66th?

Winning!!!!

#16 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-06-19 11:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Oregon is the Syria of the US.

#17 | Posted by madbomber at 2021-06-19 11:19 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I have been to Portland and Syria (not recently). I can say for a fact that Oregon is nothing like Syria.
katu.com

#18 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-19 12:30 PM | Reply

#18 Except for the religious nutjobs in the rural areas.

#19 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-19 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I've been to Portland several times, and have family there. It's a really nice, clean, well run city. So a few kids with nothing better to do act up in a space measured in square yards? Not like they've taken over the streets and Portland has become Mad Max territory or anything ...

What is actually disturbing are the number of mass shooting events thanks to the NRA and idiot Republican governors who push 'no permit to carry' gun laws.

BTW, know who started gun control? Ronald Reagan, with the full backing of the NRA. Yep, that's right!

Black dudes were openly carrying. Can't have that, right? But, oh, it's fine to enable morons with AR-15s to walk around in public and make buying weapons capable of killing a lot in a short time as easy as buying a Subway foot long.

#20 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-06-19 01:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#20 Don't be racist. Nixon wanted to ban handguns, 'cause 94% of gun deaths and 87% stolen.

But then he was Nixon. So no.

Besides, we all know what the real problem is: white Supremacy.

Blacks are just plain helpless as a race. CRT.

#21 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-06-19 01:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Well, except when it comes to Asians. Ask Corky, he got the stats from Yale.

#22 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-06-19 01:59 PM | Reply

"Did anyone see where the desirability of Portland in regards to development? Dropped from 8th to 66th?"

Who cares what developers want? They don't even live in Portland. Let them build cracker box townhouses somewhere else.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-19 03:14 PM | Reply

Anybody seen the video?

The tubby bitch looks like Farva from Super Troopers.

Would have been nice to see her kick him in the nuts while he was smacking her in the face.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2021-06-19 05:33 PM | Reply

Did anyone see where the desirability of Portland in regards to development? Dropped from 8th to 66th?
Winning!!!!

#16 | POSTED BY MADBOMBER

I wish that would happen here.

Maybe the scum developers would stop buying two three four houses in a row and forcing three four five ------------ into the same space with zero regard for drainage, greenery ect while charging 2-2.5x what the homes are actually worth. Oh, and there are about 5 floor plans in three colors that they sprinkle around to make it look "different."

#25 | Posted by jpw at 2021-06-19 05:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The profit motive does bad things when it is not restrained by regulations on behalf of "The Common Welfare".

Look at for-profit medicine, big pharma, energy extraction, big Ag, military-industrial complex. It's all about money and power for the few at the expense of the many.

#26 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2021-06-19 07:13 PM | Reply

Good. Lets see how this shakes out.

#27 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-20 03:30 PM | Reply

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