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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