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CHAOS: The Entire Portland Rapid Response Team Resigns

In this February 2020 photo supplied by a protest observer, Portland police Officer Corey Budworth, left, and Det. Erik Kammerer, right, are suited up in front of the Multnomah County Justice Center. The Oregon Department of Justice is reviewing Det. Kammerer’s actions for possible criminal charges related to use of force at last summer’s racial justice protests. Officer Corey Budworth has been indicted by a grand jury for fourth-degree assault for his alleged excessive force during an Aug. 18 protest.

Well, no one can say we didn’t see this coming.

If you abuse the police, the one group of people that protects your city from absolute anarchy, they will resign.

If you keep tying their hands and not allowing them to do their job… they will leave!

Today, a group of 50 police officers who served on a specialized crowd control unit in Oregon resigned en mass.

According to the AP:

During a Wednesday night meeting, officers, detectives and sergeants on the Rapid Response Team voted to resign from the team because of a perceived lack of support from City Hall and from the district attorney over the past year, according to the mayor’s office and officers.

The move by officers to disband their own team came a day after Officer Cody Budworth was indicted and accused of fourth-degree assault stemming from a baton strike against a protester last summer.

“I don’t think it is just an indictment that caused this to happen, I think it is a very long complicated history of things that have gone on over the last 14 months,” Acting Portland Police Chief Chris Davis said.

As mentioned above, the officers decided to resign after one of their own was convicted for using a baton against a protestor.

According to KOIN6 :

Officer Corey Budworth was indicted on one count of fourth-degree assault by a grand jury for allegedly using a baton on a freelance photojournalist during a declared riot on Aug. 18, 2020. Meanwhile, Det. Erik Kammerer’s use of force is currently under review by the Oregon Department of Justice.

In a statement, Portland Police Bureau said the officers left the unit but will continue their regular assignments.

“Last night, all of them, the police officer, detective and sergeant members of our Rapid Response Team met and as a result of that discussion, voted to — as a group — to offer their resignation from their assignment with the Rapid Response Team,” Acting Portland Police Chief Chris Davis said during a meeting with the media late Thursday morning. “These people will all still be Portland Police Bureau employees, but the Rapid Response Team is a voluntary assignment within the police bureau. This represents approximately 50 people that we’re talking about.”

Davis told KOIN 6 the investigation and indictment factored into the officers’ decision to resign from the unit but they weren’t the sole reasons.

“I think that really this is a culmination of a long process and it’s not just an indictment that caused this to happen,” he said. “They’re not feeling like the sacrifice they’ve made necessarily has been understood very well.”

On Twitter you can already see the Left making plans:

If you live in Portland, it might be time to pack up and move out.

It’s going to be a free-for-all.


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