All 50 members of the Portland, Oregon Police Department's Rapid Response Team, the unit specifically designed for crowd and civil unrest control, resigned Wednesday.
The move comes in response to another official being charged with alleged illegal violence on one of the many nights of protest the city of Portland endured last summer following the death of George Floyd.
The posting was on a voluntary basis for officers who remain in the department as part of their regular duties.
Talks between senior officials, the mayor's office and police union officials continued Thursday, according to a Fox News report.
Breaking: The entire Portland Police Rapid Response Team, the unit tasked with responding to civil unrest, stepped down from their roles after @DAMikeSchmidt announced that one of them would be prosecuted and the Oregon DOJ is investigating another. https://t.co/0qOkvOEFkz
– Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 17, 2021
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Why officials resigned
The unit's massive resignation came just a day after Officer Corey A. Budworth was charged with fourth degree assault, according to a report by The Oregonian.
The charges stem from an incident last summer in which Budworth hit a woman on the head with his baton during one of hundreds of violent protests in town.
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Budworth has alleged the incident was an accident that occurred while trying to disperse a riot and claims Jacobs prevented an arrest.
On the misdemeanor charge, Budworth is charged with "unlawfully, knowingly and ruthlessly inflicting physical harm." The woman, Teri Jacobs, also claims Budworth "hit her in the face" with his baton after she was already on the ground.
Portland was one of the hardest hit cities with violent protests that lasted over 150 nights.
The entire Portland Police Riot Squad has resigned because city leaders put criminals above law and order.
I stand by them.
– Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) June 18, 2021
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Cops vs. your own cities
Back in October, Daryl Turner, then president of the Portland Police Association, urged Mayor Ted Wheeler and the chief of police to stand up for the city's law enforcement officers serving on the Rapid Response Team.
He reminded Wheeler and the Chief that these officers were volunteering in this unit and that they were "exhausted and injured" from night-time skirmishes with often violent protesters because of the night after night of the protests. Turner also said in an open letter, “The only glue that holds your team together is their integrity and dedication to serving their city. You deserve better. "
Since the death of George Floyd, many in the law enforcement community have been exposed to an "us versus them" atmosphere. In Minneapolis, immediately after Floyd's death, and the city council began discussing a complete dissolution of the police department, local residents said there was a "noticeable decline" in police presence.
In Atlanta, after the death of Rayshard Brooks and the subsequent indictment of Officer Garrett Rolfe, officers began calling in sick frequently. Vince Champion, Southeast Regional Director of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers, the Atlanta Police Union, said bluntly, “You can't have both – call us and we'll come to do our job, but if our work gets ugly, they are Evil. "
Portland politicians have played enough games with the Portland Police Department.
Unsurprisingly, they stepped down from their positions on the Rapid Reaction Team.
Back to the blue
– Jack Lombardi for Congress IL-16 R (@JackLombardi) June 18, 2021
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What both sides say
Following the mass exodus of the Portland Rapid Response Unit, Multnomah County's District Attorney Mike Schmidt issued a statement that read:
“I am confident that the Bureau will continue its mission to maintain public safety. In the meantime, my office will continue to focus on the fair and equitable prosecution of criminal cases. We cannot expect the community to trust law enforcement if we stick to a lower standard. "
The Portland Police Association describes the situation as follows: "Unfortunately, this highly decorated officer has got caught in the crossfire of agenda-driven city leaders and a politicized criminal justice system."
BREAKING: Antifa is holding a victory demonstration in Portland tonight after the Portland Police Department's Rapid Response Team resigned entirely in protest against far-left @DAMikeSchmidt
– AntifaBook.com (@JackPosobiec) June 18, 2021
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